The lights are on
Warner Bros. Games Montreal has taken the mantle of the bat from Rocksteady Studios this time around for Batman: Arkham Origins. WB Montreal has full access to Rocksteady's custom modified Unreal engine to capture the look and feel of the Arkhamverse. As the title suggests, the game takes place years before both of the previous Arkham titles when a young, unrefined Batman encounters many supervillains for the first time. On our full cover image below, fans will recognize the assassin Deathstroke, who appears for the very first time in a core Arkham game.
Heading up the vision for Arkham Origins is creative director Eric Holmes, known for being the lead designer of open world action hits The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype. A self-professed lover of comics, Holmes even wrote the miniseries Transformers: Megatron Origin for IDW.
Gamers won't have to wait long to experience Batman's lastest adventure. Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013 on Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
But that's not all. We also have a feature on the first handheld Arkham game, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Releasing on 3DS and Vita the same day as the home console version, Blackgate is a completely separate experience that takes place after the events of Arkham Origins. Armature Studio is developing the 2.5-D Metroid-style exploration action game. Industry followers will recognize Armature Studio as the company founded by several of the leads from the Metroid Prime trilogy.
Watch our coverage trailer below to get a taste of all the Batman content headed your way over the next several weeks.
Watch the YouTube version here if you prefer.
Telltale Games' The Wolf Among Us
Also in the issue, we get the first look at Telltale Games' next episodic series post-The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us. Based on the Fables comic books, the new series kicks off this summer. We've also got a deep dive on Double Fine's Broken Age, the adventure game that broke Kickstarter records. Outside of huge game features, we spoke with Irrational Games' Ken Levine about creating memorable characters, weigh in on video game gambling, chat with Apple legend Steve Wozniak about the early days of gaming, and look back with Harmonix on its ambitious weekly DLC plan for Rock Band as it comes to a close. All this and more awaits print and digital subscribers.
Double Fine's Broken Age
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Oh I hope this is as good as the last 2 with a new developer.
I must say, after reading GI's cover story on Arkham Origins much of my initial skepticism has abated. I like that they are doubling the map size but keeping the Arkham City locations in order to show us what it was like before becoming a prison. I liked the detective case side missions they mentioned as well. Placing Black Mask in the role of main antagonist is also a good call, especially in keeping with how this will be Batman's early years, during which he took on organized crime and corruption more often than fanciful supervillains. Definitely looking forward to the game now, although I'm maintaining a level of cautious optimism.
Really looking forward to Origins. I just hope WB Games keeps up Rocksteady's amazing work and doesn't ruin it, don't let us down!
Wow a release this year! That makes me nervous... as a big fan of the other two Arkham games I wonder how well the design and product can truly be with so little development time and from a different studio at that... It will be interesting to see though and I will anticipate this title to find a place among my selves.
Whilst I am really psyched for a new Batman game (Arkham Asylum and Arkham City tie for my favourite game :D), I am a little worried about a new team taking over. I'm not sure about a prequel, either; I would have liked to see where they were going with the whole Azrael & Hush side stories in Arkham City...
Im not sure if i should feel excited or worried.
Looks like an excellent issue. It'll sure be interesting to see a prequel to the Arkham games being handled by a different developer. Can't wait to check it out!
Predictable, they'll be nothing wrong with the game. But they're only stalling until they can figure out where to go with the franchise. It will be good, but not as good as Arkham City.
Holy Bat-Snacks! This is making me tingle/tinkle... Alfred, towel please.
Which reminds me: I need to finish Arkham City (don't judge me, I like to take my time).
This worries me very much...
more batman games.as long as it's a good game,OH IM IN.
Oh, God. I'm so excited.
Just out of interest, is there a forum for guesses at what the next cover will be?
as always when another developer takes over a franchise us the fans get weary but I think we'll get a quality game outta these guys considerin Rocksteady is givin them the ok thats good enuff for me!