Rocksteady, the acclaimed development team behind Batman Arkham City, has begun posting several agency jobs matching text of Rocksteady career openings. The blurb states that the project “has been tipped to be one of the most successful games of 2014.” A report from Variety stated that Rocksteady’s next game is based upon a Silver Age-inspired prequel. The prequel apparently included a number of DC based characters that focused on Batman’s first encounter with the Joker. However, the plot line is similar to the recently released Batman: Arkham Origins. What would you like to see Rocksteady tackle next?
The developer responsible for making Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, Armature Studio, have announced that they will be creating a new title for the holiday season. Armature Studio just happens to be founded by members who formerly worked for Retro Studios, designers of the Metroid Prime series. Few details have emerged about the new title thus far, but Armature have revealed that it will not be a “phone game,” and that it will also not be an “Arkham game.” No word yet on whether Armature’s latest game will be available on Nintendo consoles, but with Blackgate’s looming release on 3DS, we are hoping that the studio remembers Nintendo fans this Christmas.
The creators of Batman Arkham Origins have revealed that the game will launch with an exceptionally hard difficulty level, known as “I Am The Night”. If players select this setting, they are allowed only one life to complete the entire mission. At first it was reported that there would be no saves in this mode, however, developer Eric Holmes later revealed on Twitter that saves will be available, but players must go back to the start of the game if they perish. Until anything contrary is reported, we will assume that the developers of Arkham Origins won’t be excluding “I Am The Night” mode from the Wii U version of the game, even though they chose to exclude online multiplayer.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has just announced the Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Origins, the next installment to the best-selling Batman Arkham videogame franchise. The Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass (for PlayStation 3 system, Xbox 360 , Wii U system or PC) will be available at launch for $19.99 ($30 value) and grants purchasers access to five of the game’s upcoming downloadable content packs, one of which includes two exclusive skins.
Players who purchase or pre-order the pass will gain access to the following content: Gotham by Gaslight Batman Skin and Brightest Day Batman Skin; New Millennium Skins Pack, Infinite Earths Skins Pack; Arkham Origins Initiation: Play as Bruce Wayne before he became Batman, and face his final test to prove himself worthy to his greatest teacher, Kirigi; and an all-new story campaign. The game will release on all platforms worldwide on October 25, 2013.
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A new trailer revealed by Warner Bros. Games in conjunction with this week’s Gamescom event showcases airborne arsonist Firefly as the latest villain in the Arkham series of games. The trailer also feature usual suspects Joker and Two-Face among a flurry of HD action. Nintendo fans eagerly awaiting the Wii U version of the game can still take advantage of the Amazon sale we reported last week, which has the game for 49.96 plus a $10 promotional credit.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today unveiled details for the Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition. The UK package will be available from 25th October, 2013 in limited quantities for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment, and will retail for £79.99. The North American version of the Collector’s Edition will be announced next week.
The UK Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition will include the following extensive bonus content:
Exclusive Arkham Origins highly detailed premium statue featuring Batman & The Joker, measuring approximately
- Height: 30cm
- Depth: 13.5cm
- Width: 13cm
- 80-page, full-color hardcover art book
- Assassin’s Intel Dossier, including files on the eight assassins, as well as Black Mask’s contract
- 1st Appearance Batman Skin DLC
- Deathstroke Challenge Pack DLC – Usable throughout all the Arkham Origins Challenge maps and also includes two bonus challenge maps and two bonus Deathstroke Skins
- Exclusive 3D Metal Pack
- The PS3 edition will also include the Knightfall pack as an exclusive piece of content
Earlier today we heard that the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins won’t include the online multiplayer component found in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game. Understandably this came as a shock to Wii U owners who couldn’t understand why the multiplayer mode is absent from this specific version. Interestingly, a Warner Bros. spokesperson has explained that the reason why the Wii U version won’t feature online multiplayer is due to the fact that the team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest multiplayer audience.
“MP will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest MP audience.”
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US gaming publication Game Informer is reporting that the eagerly anticipated Batman: Arkham Origins for Wii U won’t feature three-team competitive play. The multiplayer mode for the game is being developed by Splash Damage. Splash Damage are the team behind Brink for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Batman: Arkham Origins is due for release on October 25th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC.
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.