Sefton Hill, the director of Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City, has endorsed Warner Bros Games Montreal developing the prequel to the Batman Arkham Games. Hill said he was confident that the “talented” development team would deliver a great experience for fans of the original games.
“Rocksteady is excited to see WB Games Montreal developing the prequel to the Batman Arkham franchise. We are confident this talented team will craft a fantastic experience, bringing the origins of the Arkhamverse to life.”
Eric Holmes, the director of Batman Arkham Origins, added that this new venture allows the development team to give the series a bit of a refresh. Holmes said that Batman hasn’t become the character that we know and are very familiar with and this opportunity allows them to refresh the dynamic between Batman and other characters.
“It gives us the opportunity to refresh things a bit. 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.”
Game Informer has also announced that the Nintendo 3DS will also be receiving a Batman title. The Nintendo 3DS version of the game called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. Blackgate is said to be a completely separate experience and takes place after the events of Arkham Origins. The game is being developed by Armature Studio which consists of several of the leads from the Metroid Prime trilogy. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is set to be a 2.5-D Metroid-style exploration action game and launches the same day as the home console version.
Game Informer has announced that Warner Bros. Games Montreal is developing Batman: Arkham Origins. The team has taken over from series producer Rocksteady and are using a modified version of the Unreal engine to capture the look and feel of the series. The game is set to take place before both of the previous Arkham titles and features a younger Bruce Wayne who encounters many of the series protagonists for the first time. Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013 on Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
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A rumour is circulating the internet which suggests that Rocksteady could be preparing to show off the next game in its immensely popular Batman series at this years E3 event. The game is reportedly titled Batman Arkham Origins and will appear on both next generation consoles and current gen. The game is said to take place in the 1950′s or the 1960′s and will feature members of the Justice League. Time Warner has already confirmed a new Batman Arkham game is due to be released later this year.
Time Warner confirmed via an investment call last week that a new Batman Arkham game is due to be released later this year. Online gaming publication VG247 sources claim that the new Batman Arkham game won’t be developed by Rocksteady Studios, who are the developers behind the two previous critically acclaimed games.
“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.”
- Time Warner’s CFO and chief administrative officer John K. Martin
Warner Bros, the publishers behind the incredibly successful Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, have registered a number of domain names. The domain names suggest that Warner Bros are busy looking at creating a sequel to Batman: Arkham City, which appeared on the Wii U at the systems launch. Here’s the domain names that Warner Bros has registered.
Those technical wizards over at Digital Foundry have taken a look at Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition and the results aren’t entirely perfect. The team says that the Wii U version of the critically acclaimed game is a disappointing current-gen port, that is unpolished and less enjoyable to play than Rocksteady’s original. Here’s the summary of the interesting article:
“What looked like graphical tweaks from the press materials failed to materialise – FXAA apart – but thankfully some of the more alarming reports about Wii U graphical deficiencies turned out to be of little consequence to the final product. However, what we have here is a disappointing current-gen port with some bundled DLC and some interesting – if not totally convincing – touch-screen upgrades.
The overall takeaway is that the Wii U version of this classic title is unpolished and less enjoyable to play than Rocksteady’s original. On top of the variable frame-rate, we were also disappointed to see the odd moment of more noticeable LOD popping and jerky FMV sequences suggesting that this version has some streaming issues. Unreal Engine titles background load data concurrently with streaming video, and you can hear the drive head zooming about, almost as if it is struggling to maintain both tasks – the halting playback adds further to the impression that this is a rougher, jerkier, more lacklustre rendition of the original.
It’s Arkham City, and by default a good game, but the basic reality is that we’d take any of the older – and now cheaper – versions of this excellent title ahead of the underwhelming Wii U port.”
In Scribblenauts Unlimited, players can customize objects and characters to their hearts’ content. To showcase the power of imagination, which drives the upcoming game, 5th Cell developers created characters that resemble icons from Scooby-Doo, including Velma, Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and the Great Dane dog himself.
You can also accessorize characters to make them look like your favorite superhero or villain, like Batman and the Joker, for example. Scribblenauts Unlimited releases this month for PC, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. In Wii U’s version, which launches alongside the new console on November 18th, you can interact with renowned Nintendo characters.
WB Games’ upcoming fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, which features characters from the DC Universe, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, is scheduled to release April 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
Warner Bros Montreal has released a brand new video of Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition. The footage shows exactly how the revamped game utilises the Wii U’s unique GamePad. As I reported earlier Warner Bros has confirmed that Batman Arkham City Armoured Edition will be available to purchase at the Wii U launch on November 18th.