Rocksteady confident WB Montreal will make 'fantastic' Batman game

Director of first two games "excited" to see another studio take on Caped Crusader, believes company will do the series justice with Origins.

Some may have been alarmed to learn Rocksteady Studios is not behind this October's Batman: Arkham Origins. Sefton Hill, who directed Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City has attempted to alleviate those concerns, saying he is confident WB Games Montreal will deliver a "fantastic" Batman game that does the series justice.

"Rocksteady is excited to see WB Games Montreal developing the prequel to the Batman Arkham franchise," Hill said in the latest issue of Game Informer (via CVG). "We are confident this talented team will craft a fantastic experience, bringing the origins of the Arkhamverse to life."

Arkham Origins creative director Eric Holmes said the game being a prequel will allow the studio to "refresh" the series overall.

"It gives us the opportunity to refresh things a bit," Holmes said. "Refresh characters, refresh ideas, refresh the dynamic between Batman and other characters, and refresh the world, too. Batman hasn't become the character that we know and are very familiar with."

The Game Informer magazine also carries a host of new Arkham Origins details. The game will take place on Christmas Eve early in Batman's career and is inspired by comics Batman: Year One and Legends of the Dark Knight.

As for the story, after villain Black Mask puts a hit on Batman's head, various assassins and supervillains spanning the DC Universe will descend on Gotham to try to kill Batman.

Though Rocksteady is not making Arkham Origins, the studio 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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jnco10999
jnco10999

The combat in both games are so kick-ass. I always think I see every fighting animation and then a new one pops up to surprise me. It's so damn dynamic.

chris120379
chris120379

not developed by RS?... HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM...

chavao666
chavao666

"first encounter with the Joker"
Mark Hammil saying Arkham City had his last time voicing the Joker


Let's wait and see.

LilithN
LilithN

To be honest I'm getting bored of Batman. 

razama
razama

Silver Age prequel should be voiced by Adam West.

NTM23
NTM23

I wanted to know when I got Arkham City, 'cause I got it late; I got it (telling from the first achievement) one year, one month, one week, and two days ago; which means I played it four months later than I would have liked. Unfortunately, as I stated below, I thought it was disappointing. I'd like to, at some point, play it again to try and see if I can appreciate it any more. 

I've already done everything in it minus all the Riddler trophies (which was all pretty unsatisfying as well), but seeing what happens at the end on YouTube, I didn't much care to go any further in that. When I think about the game, it's very weird; I have a lack of vocabulary to describe it in detail, but I just wish I liked it more because there's a lot there that I feel like I should love it, but I just don't.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

" the studio is rumored to be at work on a stylized prequel"

I suspected something like that. A next-gen game that will take them a few years to develop... I was curious if they had been tapped to do a different super-hero or maybe a new IP entirely conceptualized by the people of Rocksteady.

I don't have a lot of confidence in the Origins game. Not that it will be bad, but it will probably be more of the same. Which isn't necessarily bad, but things may feel stale. Predicting between 7-8 out of 10 for Origins.

The mobile versions will probably be laughable, but Batman: Arkham City Lockdown was pretty good on iOS so maybe this won't be complete waste either. 3DS and Vita versions could go either way.

Good luck to the guys at WB Games Montreal. They're gonna be heavily criticized for every decision and fault of this new game.

JBo796
JBo796

Does anyone know why Rocksteady is no longer making the Batman games?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

I like the premise at least, so I'll be sure to keep on eye on development for this. Developer changes are always a bit of a worry but at the end of the day we have no proof they will make a terrible game so I'll wait and see.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

It's a nice sentiment, but history is not on our side here.

Bioshock was fantastic.  Bioshock 2 was.. not good.  I never even finished it.  Bring Ken Levine back to the franchise, and now Bioshock Infinite is brilliant.

Same goes with the Sly series.  Sly 2 and 3 were fantastic.  The recent Sly is... not as smart, and, even worse, it's forgettable.

I hope he is right, though.

TheRockSez611
TheRockSez611

Uh-huh. So Rocksteady is giving over the reins to this stellar franchise with a nice little stamp of approval to WB Montreal. This... could end badly. I remember when Bioshock 2 was announced, and it looked like it would make your eyes bleed from the sheer awesome it was going to bring. New developer, bringing new things to the table, and boasting about how passionate they were to bring this sequel to the world. 

Yeah, look how well THAT turned out. After hearing WB Montreal is taking over, I lost every shred of interest in this game. Been a good run, Batman, but I fear the series is about to become terrible. But hey... the new creative director made Prototype, and that turned out awesome and sold like hotcakes, right?

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

I been this game gets delayed. Won't surprise me.

s3as3a
s3as3a

I think there's less of a chance that they'll screw up since they have a "blueprint of success" (=the two previously made games) to use as a reference for their work. Also, I'm very excited that another (hopefully good) Batman game is coming out! :D

P.S.
I hope they release it for Steam on Linux but, I don't think that'll happen.

telaros
telaros

And I'm confident I still won't buy it. WB makes games as good as they do movies these days.

Yeah, I'll leave it at that.

So many Reboots going around that you'd swear they were bringing back that old ABC Saturday Morning cartoon :p

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I was feeling all positive about this, learning that Montreal have been given the Arkham engine. Possibly one of the few occasions where I'll support cut'n'paste development. Then they dropped that dreaded word: "refresh".

*groan*

zerooo0
zerooo0

I'll give them a chance.

They have Deathstroke. Deathstroke is one of the best villains ever made.

Jennaralize
Jennaralize

I take back my jocular comment about Eddie Makuch being unproductive - he's done us proud with the sheer quantity of "news" in the last 2 days! *curtseys* :-)

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

If Rocksteady trusts them, why shouldn't I? Personally I'm more curious about the Metroidvania styled game for Vita though.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I would not doubt it. There's just something about those Montreal studios and the good games they seem to come out with.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Thing is, one of the major reasons why arkham games were amazing because rocksteady had infinite access to the abundance of source material from DC. Same goes for them, one thing they aren't lacking is help.

asifah30
asifah30

Well, I was disappointed when Rocksteady was removed from coming Batman game. Because it was Rocksteady who realy put this greatest comic character in history with all its role in game worlds. Without RS we'd never see any batman game with so much fun and dark storm. But being a die hard fan I'll definitely get the 'Origins'. Thumbs up RS.

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

it would be cool if they made some of the graphic novels  like Year One or The Dark Night Returns l DlC for ps3 or w/e console for like 20$ or something for a more linear game (and thus cheaper to develop) 

samclockwise
samclockwise

my standards for them right now is that is how to be as good as arkham asylum and not arkhum city. Because when arkham asylum came out there had not been a good batman game. Now someelse besides rocksteady is making a batman game. Standards are high. I say it has to be as good or better than asylum and if possible as good or better than arkham city. But no lower than asylum.

zachintyre
zachintyre

Glad Rocksteady is supporting this. I was a little skeptical and worried there for awhile afraid WB Montreal was going to ruin the series, but I went over to GI and it is sounding fantastic.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Oh, they have nothing to worry about. They won't ruin it.


In fact, I'm betting it will be just more of the same.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I am more interested in seeing what is next for Batman movies in the future.

fedetaco
fedetaco

I hope the Vita version doesn't suck !!:(

zzamaro
zzamaro

I hope they are good games :D

chavao666
chavao666

@LilithN I for once am pretty goddamn tired of the GOW franchise, but there are just too many fans out there. I can't say I'm hyped for Origins, but well, gotta wait for a trailer

chavao666
chavao666

@NTM23 Man I honestly don't know what brought you to think that cos in my opinion, it's the best PS3 game I've ever played and the ending was pretty amazing. But yeah, I didn't havve enough patience to find all the riddler's trophies just because. 

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

@JBo796 they still are. They're just focusing on the "silver age" prequel, which we have yet to see. So don't fret! :)

CasualGamer36x
CasualGamer36x

@DarkSaber2k We have no proof that they will make a batman-worthy game either..... with Rocksteday we would be confident that it would be awesome.

roman4545
roman4545

@PixelAddict 

what about Halo ? Bungie to 343 ? they did things right so why not others ?

 btw Bioshock 2 is a good game.. how do you expect to top a masterpiece even its already been perfect ? Infinite doesnt count because its a new franchise.

UtmostAppraise
UtmostAppraise

@PixelAddict 

It's time from a reprieve from Rocksteady because Arkham City was wanting anyway. 

roman4545
roman4545

@TheRockSez611 

while Bioshock 2 fail alot people but not me I really did enjoy it. Furthermore look at the bright side... do you see Halo 4 being ruined ? this is the same thing we are talking about.

 new developer, new things to table etc... 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Cappuccin0 In all fairness Rocksteady aren't going to come out and say "we're really nervous they're going to f**k it up". They have to toe Warner Bros. marketing line.

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

@zachintyre to be fair, corporates (and video game developers) always back slap each other.  they always close ranks when there is scrutiny

TheRockSez611
TheRockSez611

@Icepick_Trotter I'm betting it's going to be almost EXACTLY the same, just new story and environments. Cut and paste at its finest.


jnco10999
jnco10999

@uklegendkiller @JBo796 Meh I'd rather see them continue off of Arkham City. If you've ever played the Harley DLC, Batman is clearly impacted by the death of Joker and Talia. Would of been interesting to delve into, explore more of his psyche.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Cartr1dgeBased you realize this is actually for PS3, 360, Wii U and PC, right?

the 3DS title is a smaller, separate game

TheRockSez611
TheRockSez611

@PlatinumPaladin @Cappuccin0 I'm betting that WB is banking on the majority of people out there who will be excited simply because there's another Arkham game coming out. These folks, who probably don't keep up with game news all that much, won't even know Rocksteady didn't make the game until they're blindsided with it. But I digress, best case scenario: WB Montreal will pull a 343 Industries and crank out a passable game.