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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Super cool beans.
It has me a little worried that Rocksteady isn't working on this.
Oh well. There goes the ratings. Why wouldn't they just make it themselves. I am so angry.
argh they broke my heart at metroid i thought they were talking about a new one coming out -.-"
Hopefully, this game will also let me use Batman to beat the crap out of Superman too.
This pleases me.
I hope they bring back villains from the past Arkham games but im still excited for another Batman game.
This sounds awesome. Hopefully they can keep up Rocksteady's quality for it.
OMG! A Metroidvania style Batman game for Vita!? Yes please!!
**BRAAAHHHH**. I was hoping the next game would be called "Batman: Gotham City" and have Batman/Robin co-op in a larger open world.
Hopefully Rocksteady is working on a Superman game.
Meh. I wasn't a fan of the first two games, despite my love for action/adventure and Batman... I'll probably end up giving Origins a pass as well. Still, always good for a successful IP to thrive! :)
Perhaps it's too early to say, being as they haven't really expounded on why it's called "Arkham" Origins, but I feel this is a title that could have gone by any other name.
I was really hoping (and perhaps that's what Rocksteady is working on currently) for a sequel to the Arkham series, rather than a prequel. There were many hints at a sequel in Arkham City and personally, I thought the possibilities sounded very interesting.
As much as I'd miss the Joker (and Hammil's portrayal) it was a nice prospect that some of the other Rogues would have a chance to really shine as the top dog villain for a change.
Ah well, hopefully this is a worthy "precursor" and hopefully there's work being done on a worthy successor.
Shiva better be in this!