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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cool ... not too big a fan but the last game i played some of n it was great ( mostly my love of a good brawler made me play it )
It does concern me just a tiny little bit that Rocksteady isn't making this game. But not enough to make me not buy it day one.
Based on the two games he mentioned this Eric Holmes character has to his credit, I will not be buying a Batman game this year unless the reviews are rave. It pains me to say it, since I love Rocksteady's Batman games, but I have no faith in Holmes or his studio.
It better have co-op and tights.
Pretty cool. Nice to see Deathstroke getting some love, though he'll always just be Slade to me. Pick it up for the Wii U sometime. But man, I still have to finish Asylum, haven't even started Arkham City. My backlog is way to big...
Blackgate sounds interesting, but I'll wait for reviews on that one. It sounds like it could be good, but I don't think Armature has done anything of note since leaving Retro.
Ya' gotta love Batman.
Sounds like a pretty cool concept.
Holy crap! My gaming year just got $60 more expensive!
With the lack of Rocksteady developing Origins, I'm more interested in Blackgate. A new Metroid wearing a Batman costume sounds great.
So I guess the rumors were true. Arkham Origins coming this year and not being developed by Rocksteady. This is pretty concerning. It's almost like a Bioshock - Bioshock 2 situation. I'll just be cautiously optimistic until I can play the game for myself.
Hopefully Rocksteady is working on a next-gen Batman game right now. I'm sure they are.
Sorry montreal but im going to wait to here GI impressions on the game befor purchasing this one wonder what rocksteady is up to???
No Rocksteady = no sale.
Also, I'd rather have a proper sequel to Arkham City, since that game has what, 346 and a half sequel hooks?
It's actually good to see that they're starting out with the assumption that they don't have to fix anything which makes me more eager to see what they're going to add rather than worried about what they're going to @^@$%& up.