Batman: Arkham Origins team has Rocksteady’s confidence

Wednesday, 10th April 2013 07:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Rocksteady Studios is happy to pass the torch to Warner Bros. Montreal for Batman: Arkham Origins, which was revealed overnight.

Former Arkham series director Sefton Hill told GameInformer, via CVG, that the developer believes in the new team.

“Rocksteady is excited to see WB Games Montreal developing the prequel to the Batman Arkham franchise,” he said.

“We are confident this talented team will craft a fantastic experience, bringing the origins of the Arkhamverse to life.”

One other little snippet harvested from the magazine’s reveal has creative director Eric Holmes talking up the decision to make a prequel to the existing games rather than a sequel.

“It gives us the opportunity to refresh things a bit. Refresh characters, refresh ideas, refresh the dynamic between Batman and other characters, and refresh the world, too,” Eric Holmes said.

“Batman hasn’t become the character that we know and are very familiar with.”

Batman: Arkham origins is due on PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 on october 25. A companion title, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, is headed to 3DS and Vita.

We don’t officially know what Rocksteady is working on now that Warner Bros. Montreal has the Arkham city under its wing, but rumour has it we could be looking at a next-gen Silver Age title.



  1. KAP

    No pressure then.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    Nah, not much to live up to.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. KAP

    I must say though, who really were Rocksteady before the Arkham games? This could be a great stepping stone for Warner Brother Games…. Maybe. Or worst case scenerio they release a game that’s similar to Arkham City and get slated for it by media and critics alike. Win-win?!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Samuel

    It really would have been news if it was “New team does not have Rocksteady’s confidence.”

    “We think they’re really going to screw it up,” said one top Rocksteady dev. “These guys just don’t know what they’re doing and this next one isn’t going to be anywhere near as good as our games. I’d steer clear if I were you.”

    Now that’s not something you see every day.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. salarta

    @4: Yeah, it would’ve been much bigger news if it was “New team does not have Rocksteady’s confidence.” When people actually like how some group has done things, they will take that group condemning a new direction as a sign that the direction should not be supported. Of course, the flip side is true too; if people hate or don’t respect what one group does, they’ll take that group’s condemnation as a sign that the new project will be better, even if the condemnation comes from the person that created the franchise.

    I would’ve been a lot more surprised if Rocksteady had condemned this project. Companies and creators will usually give their blessing regardless of how they actually feel because giving their blessing makes them look agreeable and keeps good business relations and opportunities open.

    Honestly, I’m already expecting that this game could turn out to be a masterpiece, but it’s going to get very likely undue hatred and perform less than it should solely for not being Rocksteady behind the game.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mistermogul

    It could be the beginning of a “Treyarch/Infinity Ward” scenario where Rocksteady/WB Montreal take turns churning out a game each a year…?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Tearsir

    Probably Rocksteady Studios is simply working on a next-gen title.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. mistermogul

    @7 – Yeah the next Batman ;)

    #8 2 years ago

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