Batman: Arkham Origins launching October 25

Warner Bros. Montreal developing prequel starring "unrefined" Batman and Deathstroke for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U; 3DS and PS Vita entry Blackgate also in the works.

The next entry in the Batman Arkham series has been announced. Game Informer today revealed Batman: Arkham Origins, an all-new game from Warner Bros. Games Montreal, not Rocksteady Studios.

Due out October 25, 2013, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U, Arkham Origins takes place years before the past Arkham games. It stars a "young, unrefined" Batman and will highlight the Caped Crusader's first encounter with many noted villains, including Deathstroke.

Leading development on Arkham Origins is creative director Eric Holmes, lead designer of open-world action games like The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype.

In addition, a 3DS and PlayStation Vita project--Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate--will launch the same day as the console and PC versions. Described as a 2.5D Metroid-style game and a "completely separate experience," the title takes place after the events of Arkham Origins.

Blackgate is in development at Armature Studio, the outfit founded by several Metroid Prime trilogy leads.

Though Rocksteady Studios is not directly developing Arkham Origins, the outfit has given WB Montreal "full access" to its modified Unreal engine to "capture the look and feel of the Arkhamverse," according to Game Informer.

Rocksteady is rumored to be at work on a stylized prequel due in 2014 at the earliest. The game will reportedly detail Batman's first encounter with the Joker and is based on the Silver Age of DC comics from the 1950s.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Discussion

378 comments
Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Too bad Rocksteady's gone but Ubisoft should be able to make a good Batman game as well.

Cant wait for this to come out.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I wanna know who's voicing Batman. That's what I wanna know.

s3as3a
s3as3a

I'm so glad this beautiful series is continuing.

radikel
radikel

the second one?...please tell me your kidding...right?

sknight175216
sknight175216

The Arkham games are both 10s in my book. I can't wait.

ryan61490
ryan61490

If Rocksteady has confidence in this company then so do I. I trust Rocksteady.

Beerminator1
Beerminator1

There no doubt in my mind that this will be good. But there is no way this will be better than Arkham City, so far there does not exist a game for this gen videogame consoles (or for PC since 2007) that is better than Arkham City.

ArmorGod
ArmorGod

Batman: Alfred?

Alfred: Yes Mr. Wayne?

Batman: Where's my Rocksteady?

Alfred: Apparently they left us sir...

Batman: WHAT!? Who's replacing them?

Alfred: Some studio from Montreal sir...

Batman: Are they good?

Alfred: I'm afraid sir that you will NOT be the Batman you once were...

Batman: NOOOOOOOO!!

weisguy119
weisguy119

This has the distinct smell of suck all over it.  It smells like...cash grab.  I hope I'm wrong.

guiyid
guiyid

OMG! It's my most expected game this year. I like it just like Age of Wushu.

soheil_m
soheil_m

It's a Big Fail I guess , No Rocksteady?! NO SH*T !

WolfBladeKK
WolfBladeKK

Little crying bitches, little crying bitches everywhere.

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

I have no doubt this will be awesome, but it's rocksteady's prequel I'm desperate to see!!

Tropictrain
Tropictrain

Why is everyone complaining about it being a prequel? The comics are known for frequently going back and writing stories from the early days of Batman's career, such as the famous Year One story that this game is allegedly drawing inspiration from. I'm really excited about this! 

CasualGamer36x
CasualGamer36x

Oh so there are gonna be 2 more batman games? One from Rocksteady starring Joker and one from Montreal starring all the others.. This is gonna be awesome!!!! :D But I'm a bit neervous about Monreal..... Rocksteady rocks but I dont know about Montreal... Wht do u guys think?

UtmostAppraise
UtmostAppraise

I just hope that it'll be better than Arkham City. It should recapture the essence of what made Arkham Asylum so sublime of an experience. 

goriv
goriv

oh my god,im having goosebumps, (not sure if good goosebumps or terrible )


cboye18
cboye18

Farewell Batman, you've had a great ride...

LoganWesker
LoganWesker

just dont mess it up will ya -- dont be so blinded by greed you miss why it made you $ in the 1st place. 

BFKZ
BFKZ

I hope rocksteady isn't making this because they're doing something else...a PUNISHER GAME...*dies*


Merseyak
Merseyak

rocksteady not doing it warner to do it you say......(whistles as he walks away)

geojf3
geojf3

While I am excited about another game in the series....I really do not like prequels and I am worried about Rocksteady not running it.  

badiie05
badiie05

Now this franchise I know would do great!


LukeWesty
LukeWesty

I enjoy these games and if they are not milked and the product is great then I'll look forward to it.

ravijha
ravijha

This sounds like warner bros trying to churn as much out of the engine and ps3 possible. rocksteady is probably busy developing a next gen game, and they get another developer to use the popularity and engine to make a game for current gen, just because they have the resources available.

purutrehan
purutrehan

its a tooooooooo cool game. i have played arkham asylum and city also.....i bet it will be a good game

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Yay! to a new Arkham games. Have to say I find I'm getting very bored of origin stories and prequels. Half of the God of War series are prequels, and if the rumours are true then by the end of next year 3/5 of the Arkham games will be to.

shansss123
shansss123

oh man no rocksteady they were doing brilliant work and now who knows what'll happen?

goku000
goku000

well if the game is anything it seems like in the photos, then i think it would be great, but of course i am going to like it as i love Batman. I am very excited.


cousinmerl
cousinmerl

WB montreal sound okay, but they're no Rocksteady... i have a feeling WB went to canada to save money, rock steady are from london highgate and i couldn't think of a more expensive place. Still they might be work on a even higher profile project, maybe aquaman?
what?...
....you guys don't like aquaman!?...
..he's green and orange...
...he's a seaman... lives under the sea
....throws fish at people.
no?...
no

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

I'm so happy that i'll be able to play new Batman Arkham series this year. Rocksteady have raised the standard pretty high, please try to keep up Warner Bros. Games Montreal. I had disappointment over the third game on some series lately (Mass Effect 3, Assassin's Creed 3, Dead Space 3, and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel), i really hope this one would not fall into the same trap.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

If this has Games for Windows LIVE again, like Arkham City and Arkham Asylum, then this will be the next one I won't buy.

Still waiting for Warner Bros. to patch that nonsense DRM out before I'm deciding to buy them, which is a bit of a shame because the games themselves are actually good (DRM aside), but I'm patient and have enough alternatives until their product pleases my expectations.

Their loss if they again won't listen.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

why not rock steady!!! Now I am worried

j_kizi
j_kizi

Mhhhh.... No Rocksteady? Thats a bit worrying for me, but Halo 4 proved that changing developers can work out well. I hope it will live up to the masterpiece that was Arkham City.

s3as3a
s3as3a

@ArmorGod I think they'll do well since they have a blueprint to follow of what's good and what's not.

LoganWesker
LoganWesker

@sensei_hEnRY 3's are tough because once it gets to that point all the people who had nothing to do with 1 and 2 come in for their piece of the pie. 

UtmostAppraise
UtmostAppraise

@j_kizi

Masterpiece? More like relatively underwhelming. Way to be vacuously infatuated with Arkham City. I for one will not be complacent with such an inadequate successor to a phenomenal game.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@LukeWesty @PlatinumPaladin Easy tiger. I wasn't bashing the franchise as a whole. Infact, I made zero comments as to its quality. I simply pointed out its over-reliance on prequels.