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.
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I loved both Batman games, but I'm skeptical about this new developer. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
If Nightwing is a playable character, that would make this upcoming game the best game ever! Death Stroke is an amazing reveal too!
I'm excited to play a new Batman: Arkham game, but very worried that it is in the hands of another developer. I will wait to reserve my judgement on it until it actually releases and I hope it is just not an end-of-console-life money grab by Warner Bros.
Cool,can't wait for the issue
Fingers crossed that Warner Bros. Montreal takes a page from what Rocksteady did to make the first two games so amazing and can deliver a truly awesome Batman game.
On principle, I am not a fan of prequels. I enjoy seeing a story moving forward. However, I love the Arkham games, and I will play this as well. When will Rocksteady be announcing their next gen Arkham game?
I couldn't be more excited. First, I'm anxious to hear what Rocksteady are working on if they have handed the reigns of this series off to WB Montreal (who happens to be made up of some very talented people so I am willing to put my trust in them to deliver an excellent game). Secondly, the handheld game sounds excellent! I've been aching for a "Metroidvania" style game for the 3DS and with this game being made by people who worked on the excellent Metroid Prime series for Nintendo, I have high hopes!
on a different subject, as a huge fan of the comic book series Fables, I am thrilled to hear that TellTale Games is finally taking the lid off of The Wolf Among Us.
I really hate it when Devs start working backwards in terms of plots and character origins. Things get so convoluted (and DC is already that) and nonsensical. Why can't they use that creative licensing of theirs and try to continue the story instead of prequels. I am okay with brief flashbacks to earlier events that tie down with the situation at hand but having a whole story take place all the way before the events just chides at me.
Oh, another Batman game. I'm soooo excited. :/
I'm much more interested in whatever Rocksteady's working on, which is rumored to be Justice League-related. I want to play a Superman game from them! But this will likely be pretty great - more Arkham is only a good thing too. And WB Montreal is in good position to take over the reigns here, considering they did the Arkham City: Armored Edition thing for Wii U. It's kinda like Sanzaru and Sly Cooper, who did the Sly Collection ports before doing the excellent Thieves in Time. Also, Hulk: Ultimate Destruction was super fun and Prototype was basically the same thing without any of the joy - that director should do a good job with Batman here.
Still though, seriously - Rocksteady; show off what you're working on. I hope we see it at E3. I want to play as Superman in a great game that isn't LEGO Batman 2.
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best news that rocksteady will probably be doing the Arkham city sequel the real game im waiting for this is a bone to chew on while we get the sequel to the best hero game ever :) i hope they do justice to this arkham game but i cant wait
I am both very excited, and very nervous for the new Batman game.