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Batman: Arkam Origins MP developed by Splash Damage

Wednesday, 31st July 2013 14:18 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Batman: Arkham Origins will ship with a multiplayer mode with third-person shooter mechanics and it is in development at Splash Damage. Video and details below.

Splash Damage was the studio behind multiplayer shooters Brink, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and others.

The Batman: Arkham Origins Online mode offers players the chance to play as either Batman or Robin against friends and other gamers online.

Called “Invisible Predator Online,” the 3v3v2 competitive mode pits three Joker fiends fighting three of Bane’s minions and you and a friend as Batman or Robin as mentioned above.

Players can also take on the role of a “Super-Villain Elite” to see what it’s like to side with Bane or The Joker and even “call in the ultimate reinforcement to help turn the tide in any match,” by playing as The Joker or Bane themselves.

The online mode will be available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 when the game launches worldwide on October 25.

Wii U multiplayer was not mentioned in the press release, and a Warner spokesperson has told Eurogamer the firm decided to focus its efforts platforms with a larger multiplayer community.

“Multiplayer will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest MP audience,” reads the statement.

Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, the handheld version developed by Armature Studio, will be available for 3DS and Vita.

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  1. Lengendaryboss

    Splash Damage? Why does that sound so familiar? Did they develop Brink?

    Anyway another company developing multiplayer? That doesn’t always work out like Tomb Raider for example.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Hirmetrium

    Tacked on multiplayer – check. No longer original dev – check. Outsourcing – check.

    Doesn’t bode well at the moment for poor bats.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Hcw87

    Brink and Wolfenstein Enemy Territory. Brink was quite bad though, but they had the right idea with it.

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    Ok they did develop Brink, thanks Steph.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    @3
    Wait i didn’t think Brink was that bad i enjoyed it for what its worth.

    Edit: I thought they could do better a lot of potential there.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. Pytox

    muloplayer typo :p

    also looking forward to it now. could turn out interesting.
    it’s no bethesda softworks now :p

    #6 12 months ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    Warner Bros. Why U Tack On “Muloplayer” by another company :) :D

    Thats seems to be the general consensus where i read.

    #7 12 months ago
  8. viralshag

    I thought Brink was ok. It wasn’t amazing but not terrible either.

    #8 12 months ago
  9. YoungZer0

    Wait what? How does this even work? You play one of 3 henchmen, or Joker/Bane and who plays Batman/Robin?

    Also: Boywonder confirmed to be a playable character, which is nice, but the design is not one I like.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. actuallyisnotafox

    If you actually look up one of the main dev’s he worked on prototype and hulk ultimate destruction (i think) ._.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @10: I fucking loved Hulk Ultimate Destruction. One of the best open world brawlers out there. Much better than Prototype too.

    He also worked on Simpsons Hit ‘n Run. Underrated game.

    Here’s part of an interview he had with Kotaku:

    “There are moments in this game where you have Gordon there and, in mid-conversation, you vanish. And that feels very true to the property.”

    Instant buy.

    He really gets it.

    #11 12 months ago
  12. jmg24bad

    3 v3v2

    Batman and Robin on one team,
    3 of jokers henchmen on one team.
    3 of Banes henchmen on one team.

    #12 12 months ago
  13. YoungZer0

    But who plays Joker/Bane? If the player plays them, shouldn’t it be 4vs4?

    #13 12 months ago
  14. Max Payne

    So one mode ?

    #14 12 months ago
  15. Francis O

    I don’t know why I thought the video at 1:23 is soooo funny….but I can’t stop laughing. lol

    #15 12 months ago
  16. joshua nash

    this really didn’t need MP but someone somewhere thought it did, still buying it though

    #16 12 months ago
  17. YoungZer0

    @16: Yeah, I’m not buying the game because of the multiplayer but despite of it.

    #17 12 months ago
  18. karma

    And here I was thinking that Batman was all about the lone brooding dark hero who stalks from the shadows. His whole persona is about isolation and going solo. Well until Robin anyways.

    MP just doesn’t fit the framework. Therefore i’m not filled with much confidence that WB Games Montréal really get the character, or what fans want from a Batman game. They should have stuck with Rocksteady imho.

    #18 12 months ago
  19. DSB

    @11 That just reminds me of this.

    #19 12 months ago
  20. YoungZer0

    @18: I don’t think you know much about Batman, do you? He teams-up all the time. Ever heard of the Justice League?

    Also a lot of people have been asking for coop since Arkham City. I’m not one of them mind you, but this seems to be the best idea, as it’s not part of the main campaign.

    Also also, it’s not developed by WB Games Montréal, but Splash Damage, like the title says.

    #20 12 months ago
  21. YoungZer0

    @19: I freakin’ love this sketch. The guy playing gordon is perfect. The mask is so crappy it’s fun and I love just how the batman actor moves his mouth when he talks.

    btw. I just realized why this Robin looks so different. That’s Dick Grayson. Totally forgot that he’s the first Robin and later becomes Nightwing, so it’s no wonder he’s taller and looks much more similar to Nightwing.

    #21 12 months ago
  22. karma

    #20: Of course. I know there are many spin-offs, crossovers (Batman vs Predator etc) and even in universe team-ups, but that isn’t Batman’s bread and butter. It isn’t what defines Batman or what is at the heart of why fans love the setting and character.

    For broader appeal we already got Gotham City Imposters and any number of other DC universe titles.

    The Arkham games have always been about getting down to the nitty gritty roots of Batman.

    Also WBGM are the lead development studio. They designed the game both SP and tacked on MP. SD are merely the outsourced studio doing the work. It was WB and GM choice to include MP. Hence the reason i’m not terribly confident they know why some fans (at least) enjoy the Arkham games.

    #22 12 months ago
  23. Mjorh

    What the hell is going on with my favorite franchise goddamn it ! why they should involve multifuckinplayer!? doesn’t make any goddamn sense

    #23 12 months ago
  24. Edo

    @23 Yep,it’s a damn shame.

    #24 12 months ago
  25. DUST3222

    I too played the shit out of that hulk game I like how you could rip cars in half and use them as gloves.

    #25 12 months ago
  26. Lengendaryboss

    Didn’t people say The Last Of Us’s “Multiplayer” was tacked on? ;)

    #26 12 months ago
  27. YoungZer0

    @22: And how exactly do you know all this? Because it’s usually the publisher that likes tacked on multiplayer and GM is not the publisher.

    @26: It’s actually a pretty fun multiplayer if you don’t have too many mouthbreathers in your team.

    Kotaku has some more information on the multiplayer mode:

    http://kotaku.com/its-thugs-vs-thugs-vs-batman-in-arkham-origins-3-te-968667871

    Also I’d like to add that I really love Banes design. It’s the best of two worlds, his outfit is similar to DKR but he kept his iconic mask. Hopefully he’ll be the smart strategist he is in the comics.

    #27 12 months ago
  28. Darksider123

    I enjoyed Asylum, but City felt too bland. The writing wasn’t as good, the characters felt bland and the gameplay was overall just a rehash (cod style) with just a few more gadgets and a frickishly small “open world”. I definetely won’t be buying this one.

    #28 12 months ago
  29. YoungZer0

    @28: I don’t see your point. You complain about things we do not know yet about the new Arkham. Apart from the gameplay that is.

    #29 12 months ago
  30. Stephany Nunneley

    Warner has issued a statement on why Wii U will lack a MP component. Post has been updated.

    #30 12 months ago
  31. Mjorh

    @28 Nah man Arkham City was a masterpiece n its in my top 10 list of this gen’s games too , i think u don’t like the kinda atmosphere that Batman series usually have…

    #31 12 months ago
  32. YoungZer0

    @30: Ouch. So one of the few publishers that believes in the Wii U is getting his safety boats ready.

    #32 12 months ago
  33. Lengendaryboss

    Oh boy for Nintendo, can’t seem to catch a break.

    #33 12 months ago
  34. ZANIACK

    @31 Haha. Arkham City was a good, but very disappointing. AA takes a king shit on AC.

    #34 12 months ago
  35. YoungZer0

    No, it doesn’t.

    #35 12 months ago