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Just Announced - Batman: Arkham Origins
On April 9, 2013, Warner Bros. Games Montreal announced Batman: Arkham Origins, the prequel to the hugely successful Arkham series. I know I have written about the series before, but I am in love with it; this series is most possibly the best comic book-based game out there. Many fans were expecting another game to the series, but a prequel was not expected (at least, not by me, then again prequels are the new thing in games).This game shows a younger, less-defined Batman as he once again fights for his life.
The gameplay is very similar to the previous titles, with the addition of the "Remote Claw," allowing players to tie to items together and to travel between buildings faster. The Batwing is added for fast travel, but, unfortunately, it cannot be controlled.
Side missions in the game come in a few varieties. The type, "Crime in Progress" allows Batman to assist the Gotham City Police Department to improve his reputation from saving officers from gangs, and stopping informants from being killed. "Most Wanted" has Batman tracking villains outside of the main story. Utilizing the "Dark Knight" system, the mission will increase in difficulty and reward Batman with experience points and upgrades to his equipment.
This game puts the Detective Mode to even more use by having the Dark Knight study adn explore crime scenes that are scattered all over Gotham City. Points of interest can be scanned to show a hologram of what happened at the place or scene, or what the item was used for. The evidence and scene can be reviewed at the Batcave or the Batwing to any time, and the scene can be seen from different angles. They can be paused or seen in slow motion to look for more clue to solve the crime.
The Story (so far)
The events in Origins take place many years before Asylum. Batman is not nearly as experienced as he is seen in the previous two games. He has fought robbers and gangsters before, but on Christmas Eve he is faced with worse enemies: supervillains that are hunting the hero. Batman must find out why the Black Mask and, at the same time, prove to Police Captain Jim Gordon that he is an ally to the police force and Gotham City. This game features the debut of Deathstroke and Alberto Falcone, otherwise known as the Holiday Killer. Penguin also makes a return, being seen as a healthier man, before he got the glass in his eye. Gotham City is split into two sections, Old and New Gotham. Old Gotham is what eventually becomes Arkham City, before it is flooded, and has a shopping mall where Penguin's ship, The Final Station, is docked. New Gotham is a modernized city filled with towering skyscrapers.
Development and Release Date
Warner Brothers Games Montreal, the team that developed Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (2012: Wii U), will be responsible for Origins. Rocksteady's Unreal Engine 3 will again be used for the game, and they gave the current developer advice on the engine and game mechanics, and let WBM develop the story independently. Their story is inspired by the graphic novel Batman: Year One and the series Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. Eric Holmes, the creative director for the game, said that setting the story during the Christmas season show the major, and purposeful, difference between the exciting time of the holiday, and the dark world of Gotham.
Batman: Arkham Origins is set to be released worldwide on October 25, 2013. Are you excited about the game? What characters and elements do you want to see in this game? Say it in the comment section below!