Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer beta invites going out now

Warner Bros. dispatching open beta invitations for trial period that will reportedly run August 7-14.

Warner Bros. is currently sending out invitations to an open multiplayer beta for Batman: Arkham Origins, according to a tweet from the game's official Twitter channel.

"If you've received an open beta invite for #ArkhamOrigins, yes it is legitimately from us. No spam or phishing, just fun times in Gotham," the company said.

PlayStation Lifestyle obtained the invitation sent to gamers, which says the beta period will be available from August 7-14.

GameSpot has reached out to Warner Bros. for additional information about the Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer beta.

Yesterday, Warner Bros. officially revealed the Invisible Predator Online multiplayer mode for Batman: Arkham Origins. The game mode supports eight players divided into three groups: three thugs from Joker's gang taking on three members of Bane's group, while Batman and Robin attempt to take out members of both criminal groups.

The game's online mode will not be available on Wii U.

GameSpot recently went hands-on with the Invisible Predator Online mode for Batman: Arkham Origins. For more, check out GameSpot's impressions.

Batman: Arkham Origins launches October 25 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC. It features an expanded Gotham City and is set years before the events of the original games. The game is in development at WB Games Montreal, not series creator Rocksteady Studios.

A portable version, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, is in development at Armature Studio for PlayStation Vita and 3DS. The game launches alongside the console versions on October 25.

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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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ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Though this looks somewhat promising - and Splash Damage has done some great stuff in the past, particularly with the original Enemy Territory - I personally would've rather had a full-on cooperative mode rather than competitive multiplayer.  Taking on the Arkham enemy A.I. with a buddy would be incredibly fun, and I feel there's a lot less chance of messing stuff up there.  Thinking back to the fantastic cooperative modes from Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Splinter Cell: Conviction, I can't help but feel like that sort of setup would work even better in the Arkham series, which is why the lack of any known cooperative mode is disappointing.

Arkham Origins in general looks solid, but I can't shake the feeling that it won't be as polished as its predecessors, especially based on the gameplay we've seen thus far.  It certainly doesn't appear to be anywhere near as big of a step forward from AC as AC was from AA, either, which makes me wonder if it'll ultimately be worth picking up for the campaign alone like AC was.  I'm worried that the multiplayer may end up being the most interesting thing that AO has to offer, which makes it seem a lot less enticing as a full-priced game.

The_gamer_17
The_gamer_17

i like the whole angle of trying to control the city either as a crimefighter or criminal and it shows how innovative game makers can be.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

I sure hope this multiplayer turns out to be good? 

Not sure why people would complain about it, when it has been stated that another studio is working on the MP.

I would rather have the option of NOT to play it, rather than no options at all.

tightwad34
tightwad34

LOL. When I read the headline I was thinking Arkham Origins was inviting us to go out for a night on the town, now.

xMat7x
xMat7x

The multiplayer should've been done by WB Games Montreal. I don't trust Splash Damage after they released Brink.

TheHaughtyMoose
TheHaughtyMoose

I don't mind they have multiplayer in game unless it has good quality....but it will be developed by splash damage. Yep, Brink developer, and that game is a piece of shit. Remember GS give a 9 first comes to release then change to 6 next day?  

Bowser05
Bowser05

While I am not the biggest fan of single-player games getting multiplayer when most of us feel it isn't needed, I will admit that the concept of this game mode sounds intriguing. We will see how it goes I guess.

frylock1987
frylock1987

Eh....the first two games didn't need tacked on Multiplayer so why does this one need it?


Oh yeah...because Rocksteady isn't working on this game...which means I'm not buying it.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I'm getting nervous about this title.  Would be feeling better if Rocksteady was handling it, but they're not.

Keeps reminding me of the situation with Bioshock 2, when Irrational Games was taken off the case.  B2 was a decent enough game, but totally forgettable.  I never even finished the campaign.

Oh, and I played the Bioshock multiplayer all of 2 times.  Couple hours total.  Again, mostly forgettable.

I call this subtraction by addition.

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

So Eddie,
1 - What platforms is the beta on?
2 - What gamers were given the code, and how? How may I get my hands on a beta code?

eddie-j
eddie-j

Leave multiplayer out! It kills every game they try to cram it into. Tomb raider was awesome and nobody played the tacked on multiplayer crap. Leave it single player!

turdfurguison
turdfurguison

the beta is for both 360 PS3 invite only you need Warner Bro. I.D. they'll send it in your mail I got one =p

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

This article does not tell me Shit, for a start is the Beta for PS+ only? [which I'm a PS+ so no problem] second do you need Batman Arkham City to get in on the Beta Code? I'm sorry Eddie but I did not learn anything from this useless article.

saltbalsak
saltbalsak

Pretty, please, everyone who plays the beta, be honest and let WB know how much you hate it and how unnecessary/unwanted it is and that the time spent on it would be better directed toward a single player experience only.

If it were up to publishers, taking a dump would now have some sort of multiplayer component to it.

Stop the insanity.

LittleSaintGoph
LittleSaintGoph

Wow what a lame article:

1. What platforms is the beta on?
2. How do you get a code?

19James89
19James89

Given the fact they have taken the multiplayer mode out of the Wii U version, I hope this game and the franchise as a whole flops and gets panned and then confined to the dustbin of history.

blackothh
blackothh

you announced this announcement yesterday.

soapman72
soapman72

Man this game and GTA 5 may keep me playing my PS3

Hiddai
Hiddai

Gonna be awesome!

Reflecting_God
Reflecting_God

@punksterdaddy So you'd rather have the option to have a feature you may never use instead of having that money put into the single player campaign to make it as best as possible.

Okay.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@PixelAddict Doesn't just apply to games made by other developers, either.  Dead Space 2 was a great game, but the multiplayer - despite clearly having had a lot of work put into it - simply ended up making the package as a whole feel weaker to me.

Even with the case you bring up, Bioshock 2's campaign still did a lot to differentiate itself from the first game, with some big changes to plasmids, weapons, and combat in general.  Aside from the addition of one particular gadget, I'm not so sure that the same can be said for Arkham Origins.  I guess we'll see how it turns out, but from what they've shown, it seems more comparable to the jump from Assassin's Creed 2 to Brotherhood or Mass Effect 2 to Mass Effect 3, while Arkham City was a much bigger jump comparable to that from AC1 to AC2 or ME1 to ME2.  New campaign or not, it doesn't change the fact that very little appears to have been added in terms of actual gameplay.  Even the much-touted changes to Detective Mode seem to me like little more than glorified scripted sequences, which isn't saying much.

JJB03
JJB03

@AlexFili this is hilarious, nobody has the system anyway, no way is it going to get anymore than say, 5000 signatures, nintendo need to get it together. I think the nintendo fans should get out as soon as possible and consider other consoles because  by the looks of things nintendo are to far up there own arse to change things now. 

jasonredemption
jasonredemption

@AlexFili I think this sucks for you Nintendo fans (I say this as an ex-nintendo fan, I used to game on Nintendo systems exclusively), and yet I blame Nintendo for not making a better console or attracting more third-party developers/support.  Instead they keep recycling 2D Mario over and over and have forgotten about important first party franchises like 1080, Starfox, Wave Racer, F-Zero ETC. What's worse is people continue to support Nintendo's habits without petitioning them to bring back other amazing franchises and continue to push the envelope of new ways to make and play games like I know they're capable of doing instead of focusing on gimick controllers...now I'm going go back to my PS3 before I get tarred and feathered...

turdfurguison
turdfurguison

@jonnybutler11the beta is for both 360 PS3 invite only you need Warner Bro. I.D. they'll send it in your mail I got one

Slade968
Slade968

@eddie-j they outsource the MP to another developer so it is likely it won't have any impact on the singleplayer. Also, I think this MP looks pretty good. Sort of like Spies vs Mercs only more dynamic.

KingTrax999
KingTrax999

@eddie-jLeave singleplayer out! It kills every game they try to cram it into. Quake was awesome and nobody played the tacked on singleplayer crap. Leave it multi player!

stev69
stev69

@eddie-j It doesn't really kill anything, if you don't like mp don't play mp. 

KommonSinse
KommonSinse

@EasyComeEasyGo You learned what he knows, he can only put out the info the company gave him. I doubt Batman:AC disc is needed. If it's like a lot of other betas, you'll get a redeemable code in your email so you can download the beta.

KommonSinse
KommonSinse

@saltbalsak As long as the MP doesn't take away resources from the Single player by having a second development studio, like they are doing here. I don't see the problem with them adding MP, just don't play it.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@never-named @frylock1987 It's somewhat warranted, however.  The only thing that WB Montreal has to speak for is the WiiU port of Arkham City, which many would argue was actually a step backwards for the game.  Despite how Brink turned out, I honestly have more faith in Splash Damage (who have proven since way back in the days of Wolf:ET to be willing to take some risks), but even then, multiplayer alone certainly won't be enough for me to want to buy the game.  If the new developers don't do enough to move the series forward, AO will likely end up feeling more like AC 1.5, being more comparable to a semi-sequel like Assassin's Creed Brotherhood than a full-fledged standalone entry in the series.

I'm much more interested at this point to see what Rocksteady is doing next.  If they've got another Arkham game coming themselves, I'll likely just stick with AC until that comes out.

Lakersblood
Lakersblood

You don't HAVE to play the multiplayer......

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

where do I sign up for the Warner Bro. I.D.

please insert link or something

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

@stev69 @eddie-j as long as the single player campaign isn't tarnished by the diminished manpower working on it I'm all for an experimental, original multiplayer mode

KommonSinse
KommonSinse

I received an invite and you won't need PS+ or the Batman:AC disc, it doesn't say that's a requirement. You'll need a WBID. You're giving the option of what platform you want the beta on, the choices were PS3 North America, PS3 Europe, or the 360.  Once you choose, it says if you're selected you will be emailed a redeemable code to download the beta.

saltbalsak
saltbalsak

@3k3 How many formerly single-player games with tacked on multiplayer have been fun? I will stand supremely corrected if after the game is released, the multiplayer holds anyone's interest for more than a week, if that.

KommonSinse
KommonSinse

@PlatinumPaladin Signing up doesn't get you access or anything like that. You still have to receive an invite and then be accepted to the beta.

KommonSinse
KommonSinse

@hydrobeast Try "Warner Bros ID" in a search engine. But I doubt it will do any good, the invites have already been sent.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Thanks for the replay, I will keep an eye on my E-Mails.

KommonSinse
KommonSinse

@saltbalsak The Tomb Raider single player was great, the MP wasn't. That didn't stop me from enjoying the game.