Free-to-play Batman: Arkham Origins brawler coming to iOS

New game from NetherRealm Studios coming to iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch near console launch; Android version to follow this holiday.

A free-to-play Batman: Arkham Origins brawler will be released on iOS and Android later this year, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment announced today.

The game will be available "in the console game launch window" for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, with the Android version following during the holiday period.

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

The mobile version was developed by Mortal Kombat studio NetherRealm Studios, which previously created the mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Arkham City Lockdown. The game promises "stunning graphics" and "quality gameplay."

“The mobile game goes hand-in-hand with what is offered on the other platforms," NetherRealm Studios creative director Ed Boon said.

In the game, players are cast as Batman and will square off against DC Comics assassins, though none were named. Players can upgrade their character and unlock numerous Batsuits and earn in-game currency and rewards.

Players who own the console version of Batman: Arkham Origins and the mobile game will receive "exclusive content" if they have a registered Warner Bros. ID.

In addition to Batman: Arkham Origins for consoles and mobiles, Arkham Origins Blackgate is in development for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

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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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22 comments
Nevernudeftw
Nevernudeftw

This might be pretty good for the 5 stay-at-home moms that buy it.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Wonder if it will run on my Xperia S, Rayman Jungle Run suffers from slowdows as is.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

I urge every Android users not to buy it, seriously no one should go through the late port crap.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Shitty mobile game?  No thanks.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

It will be the best version, and haters gonna hate!

West123
West123

what is the big deal? its a mobile phone game so what!!! im gonna play this in queues...while all the haters can stand or should i say sit on their high horses...

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

These games are fun enough, but I REALLY wish they would quit making frickin Infinity Blade clones.  The only legit Batman game on mobile is Dark Knight Rises.  And it's fun...but now there are 2 Batman games that are Infinity Blade clones (this upcoming game and Arkham City Lockdown).  Do something new with this stuff people.  Seriously.

xolivierx
xolivierx

smart phone gaming

gaming has become such a joke

might as well play tic tac toe by myself with a pencil, drawing on the palm of my hand

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Stop please make them stop , this is not the hero we deserve =(

jski
jski

Not a PC article, but hey, who cares, right?

the_repo_man6754
the_repo_man6754

That's wonderful. . . 

*Waits for the complete edition.*

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Oh cool, Android got shafted. Again. Love my GS3 but Google needs to get us these games day one!

Marky360
Marky360

I just pre-ordered the PS3 version of this today can't wait to play. This mobile version will probably be total crap I got Batman Arkham City Lockdown free from IGN for my iPad and its freaking horrible it plays like that stupid Infinity Blade game. Honestly when will pubs/development studios realize that touchscreens are horrible as the a primary input device and therefore stop releasing these crappy watered down ports to mobiles. Oh and while there at it can they deliver the True Batman Arkham Origins experience to the PlayStation Vita instead of that water down 2D sidecroller BS. I'm sure whatever Arkham Origins Black Gate turns out to be it'll be better then this dumb mobile game but in the end it'll still be a waste as it won't be the open world experience in full 3D like the console versions and according to Sony the Vita should have no problem replicating a console experience so either Sony lied or Warner Bros. Is being lazy with porting to the handheld version.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@SurfaceNerd That's what they said about the Wii.  Fortunately casuals are NEVER the future of gaming.

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

@Marky360 Blackgate supposedly being a 2D Metroid-like game and you dare mock it? 3D isn't automatically better, especially on a small handheld device and when the 3D version is available on other consoles.

hystavito
hystavito

@Marky360 Everyone wants to get in on mobile because it's a hot market and growing like crazy.  Not sure how well these kinds of games sell, because I don't see a lot of casuals out there suddenly deciding to buy games like this, but I think a lot of this is testing the waters kinda stuff.