Batman: Arkham Origins I Am the Knight and Initiation DLC detailed

Arkham Origins to get permadeath difficulty setting and single-player DLC set in Asia.

Warner Bros. Games Montreal's upcoming Dark Knight adventure Batman: Arkham Origins will feature a permadeath difficulty mode, the studio has revealed, alongside new information about the game's prequel DLC set in Asia.

Speaking to Eurogamer, producer Guillaume Voghel revealed more about the one life and no saves I Am the Knight difficulty, which opens up after players complete the game and then its New Game Plus mode.

"The main narrative arc and side missions last about 12 hours," he said, "and then you have all the collectibles. To get 100 per cent of that will take much, much longer. We have a new difficulty level, New Game Plus is coming back--that's really difficult--and when you're done with that there's I Am The Night mode--which is no saves and one life."

Voghel also confirmed that the game's Initiation DLC will offer a single-player campaign set in Asia, with Bruce Wayne training to become Batman.

"You play as Bruce Wayne learning to be a ninja," said Voghel. "That's a really cool one. Narratively there's some added content that will give players a little more background story."

Initiation will be included in Batman: Arkham Origins' $19.99 season pass, along with four other pieces of downloadable content. Three DLC packs have been confirmed as skins, with the last pack yet to be confirmed. The game will also feature Knightfall DLC exclusive to the PlayStation 3.

Part of the Initiation DLC will feature Batman proving himself to his teacher, Kirigi, who also trained Ra's al Ghul's League of Assassins.

"[But] it's not League of Assassins, it's ninja-related," Voghel added. "It's when he learned to be a ninja and learned those techniques. He goes to a monastery--custom content was created for the DLC. You'll be in Asia in the monastery. The team did a great job on that, it looks really good."

Batman: Arkham Origins will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U on October 25.

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maramsp
maramsp

Great to see this all coming to AO, but still i find it a bit lame to make the main story INCLUDING side missions only to last 12 hours. I think even Arkham city was longer with just the single player campaign

sir_inverno
sir_inverno

Will get for free with all dlc included.

itsnivlem
itsnivlem

I think if it's in the game already they shouldn't charge extra. that's just BS. they're giving us the whole car dealership routine. like the cars come from the factory without a radio or air conditioning. Just sucks having to pay extra when a few months later they come out with the game of the year edition with all dlc's included for a lower price. 

PoliteElliot
PoliteElliot

This DLC is "look at all this cool stuff we're not including in the game when you buy it."
Now, if I pay for a full-price game on release I'm only getting 60% of it becuase the rest is being held back.
Plus, the last time I was tempted by pre-order with 'free' DLC the game was released in a shoddy state.
It makes sense for companies intending to release glitchy, unfinished products to offer pre-order DLC so we hand our money over before finding out its broken/unfinished/requires patching. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

I can imagine a lot of very frustrated gamers trying to get the trophy for one life no save playthrough. I would have to really, really, really love a game in order to attempt that.

suplax
suplax

Isn't awesome when the game is not even released and they are already pushing DLC through sheep customers throat ?

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm cool with the single-player DLC. Don't care about the skin packs though.

og88
og88

I just hope the Bruce Wayne model from the previous game gets changed for a new one, he had the face of a neanderthal.

Or am i being rather pedantic about it?

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Arkham games are amazing, and i'm excited for Arkham Origins, but seriously, this DLC practice it's awful, how many dlc's we already had for Arkham City?

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

This keeps getting better and better 8D

Lawto13
Lawto13

Ninja training as Bruce Wayne + I am the Night difficulty = so glad I pre-ordered this oh and the bada$$ Adam West skin!

rockobatman
rockobatman

Can't wait for this game! Hopefully multiple player will be good

Bluemeanie77
Bluemeanie77

it seems and sounds cool...but why  isn't it just included with the game??  they are going to make their money and more with this!!  this DLC bullshit is getting out of hand!!

corteztheg
corteztheg

I bet the initiation dlc was supposed to be an in-game flashback moment like batman's hallucination in arkham asylum but the publishers got greedy and decided to remove it to charge us money for it.

Martyr77
Martyr77

Seriously DLC before the game is even out? Ridiculous.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

So the prequel is getting a prequel? That's taking the piss slightly. Prequels, prequels everywhere.

The I Am The Knight difficulty with only one life is awesome, but not allowing you to save sucks. I'd have to book a day off work everytime I wanted to give it a shot.

shadowkratos774
shadowkratos774

Also this could have been a great prologue mission, why take it out and make people pay for it.

shadowkratos774
shadowkratos774

Wow I tried to be optimistic, but there is no way in hell I'm not just gonna wait for the GOTY edition at this point. Not only are they advertising DLC before the game is out, but they also have the audacity to just come out and say the game is only 12 hrs long.

lmlf
lmlf

ughh!! DLC= RIP OFF

frylock1987
frylock1987

And I shall still wait for the GOTY/Complete Edition to come out and I will wait for that to go down in price before finally picking that up Used.

No way in hell im going to give Warner Brothers any kind of money. Would rather just give Gamestop 30 bucks and have them get all the profit. 


Whenever a company announces DLC weeks before a game even comes out, You are just telling me its already on the disc but its locked out.

immortality20
immortality20

Sweet, can't wait to play the single player DLC. I never bought a season pass before, but damn is this tempting.

RedHawk4
RedHawk4

I want Deathstroke in free roam, and not just through a PC mod since I play on PS3.  Maybe he could have a few contracts to fulfill which involve taking out targets in very specific ways, and then when you switch back to playing as Batman you could go to the scene of the crime and analyze it.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Hope this game is as awesome as the first two.

TheWhiteRabbit7
TheWhiteRabbit7

12 hours for the entire main game and all side missions? And all the DLC seems pretty not great, and not even included for pre orders? This is not looking good at all. Worried. This is my favorite game series. I'm going to hope for the best still but... not a good step so far.

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

Same story as the previous Arkhan games and same reason they didn't got my money at launch, i will wait for the complete edition because i know this is an excellent game but for now i wil get the free version. -_-

endorbr
endorbr

Good lord there's a bunch of whiners in the comments.  "OMG all this DLC should have been in the game.  I should get everything for my $60."  They didn't have to make any of this stuff and no one is forcing you to get it.  You don't want it then don't buy it.  You do want it then pay for it.

maramsp
maramsp

@sir_inverno same here, sorry to say, but i was thinking about buying it. But now i know this, i will just download it and wait for a GOTY edition or so..

Massacher
Massacher

@itsnivlem just wait until the DLCs are available as a pack on the market place and then buy them. that way you'll get them much cheaper.

kazama99
kazama99

@og88I thought he had a good face. Much better than the Injustice looking model.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@Bluemeanie77 its not included to extend the life of the game and make it more enjoyable after the story is complete 

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@PlatinumPaladin Hopefully they mean no "manual save/load". Like in XCOM EU's Ironman mode - you can't save/load the game manually but it will save progress when you quit/make any decision/on any event and load it back up when you start it up. So you can't "fix" it when things go bad, but you can quit and come back later to continue.

Forcing you to sit down and play the whole game (Which they've now stated should take about 12 hours story and sidemissions, assuming on a standard difficulty) would be quite stupid, you'd have to sit out a whole weekend.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@RedHawk4 Oh god yes, it would be incredible if you could play as Deathstroke in free roam!

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@RedHawk4 good thinking but what is the point of batman analyzing if we know from the very start how Deathstroke  assassinated since were controlling him, its like i play as the serial killer and then i play as detective, doesn't make much sense to me.

TheWhiteRabbit7
TheWhiteRabbit7

I don't rush through any game I play, and I never meet the same hours that are stated either. I play slow and steady just like you, but when the hour set is already extremely low, my personal pace of extending it doesn't remove the fact that there should be more content in the game to begin with. Deathstroke and challenge map DLC is great, but... not everyone plays challenge maps. In fact a very high percentage literally do not care about challenge maps at all. They want story. This is Batman. Not "can you beat this in this time frame with this many objectives." Its a cool side feature that's OUTSIDE of the main game, but unfortunately that's where it stays. Outside the main game.

billnye69
billnye69

@TheWhiteRabbit7 It's only 12hrs if you rush. People who rush through their first play through of a game are only ruining things for themselves. I always take at least a week to get through my first play through of most games.

I take my time, explore. Do as much side stuff as I can, doing the main story last, only when I can't do anything else and have to progress for more areas to open up.

I remember people saying that Fable 3 was to short but it was long for me, my first play took me 3 weeks to get through. I play the same style with all games. Slow and steady.

B1ACKWARRIOR
B1ACKWARRIOR

@TheWhiteRabbit7 they are giving you 2 challenge maps and letting you play as deathstroke if you pre-order the game.The previous arkham games were shorter and they are making it harder for seasoned players. the DLC is just extra fun on the side it's not needed for the game. i fail to see the problem here.


edinko
edinko

@endorbr This things already exists. They are just holding it hostage for more money. I dont want to use harsh words so I will not tell you what I think about your type of brainwashed people that are doing lame justifications for the exploiters

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@endorbr The thing that annoys me though is if, hypothetically speaking, the internet didn't exist and there was no way for a game to be expanded upon through extra content like dlc, would this content have been included in the base game to begin with?

RedHawk4
RedHawk4

@Daemoroth @RedHawk4 And it really wouldn't be that hard to implement in the game.  I always hoped that Rocksteady would eventually patch Arkham City or release a free DLC for it that enabled Robin and Nightwing for free roam, but it never happened.  Then with Origins I was excited to see that Deathstroke is playable, only to be disappointed when I found that he's getting the same treatment.

RedHawk4
RedHawk4

@rIVAL_sWORD84 @RedHawk4 Fair point.  Maybe the order could be reversed.  First you play as Batman and analyze a crime scene where Deathstroke killed somebody, and successfully completing the analysis unlocks the mission where you go back in time and play as Deathstroke as he carries out the aassassination according to the evidence that Batman compiled.

endorbr
endorbr

@edinko Then I will refrain from telling you what you can go do with yourself... especially since you edited this comment to make it seem more PC.

B1ACKWARRIOR
B1ACKWARRIOR

@PlatinumPaladin @B1ACKWARRIOR @TheWhiteRabbit7 well if you're dealing with a game that is heavy story-orientated like this, almost all DLC is gonna be cnetered around the story. if you're gonna condemn them for that, you're saying you don't want DLC at all to them. not to mention this DLC will have no impact on the game, which is why it shouldn't be an issue 

edinko
edinko

@endorbr @edinko I dont what what more PC is but you should at least try harder when you think about the gaming industry and not try to justify each money rip off scheme thats obvious and dishonest.

People like you are the reason why they get away with this cons. YOu justify eveyrything for them and you are hostile to people that want to pay a fair price and dont want to be money milked each 5 seconds. You are their PR.