Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins Info Explosion [Updated]
Written Wednesday, April 10, 2013 By Lee Bradley
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Further details on Batman: Arkham Origins have emerged online via Game Informer magazine, revealing a whole bunch of info on WB Montreal’s upcoming street thug face smasher. Here's the most interesting bits.

A prequel to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Origins takes place on Christmas Eve early in Batman’s career and is inspired by the seminal graphic novel Batman: Year One and comic book series Legends of the Dark Knight. 

Accordingly, the setting for the game, Gotham, is blanketed in snow and decorated with Christmas lights. And because this is a prequel, the Amusement Mile is not yet flooded and Old Gotham is not yet a prison.

Indeed, the game’s world also contains New Gotham, effectively doubling the size of Arkham CIty’s world. And because it’s so big, you can use the Batwing as a form of fast travel.

In the game Batman is being hunted after the Black Mask places a bounty on his head. Arriving in search of riches, supervillains from all over DC’s universe flood into Gotham to kill the Dark Knight and claim their reward. Deathstroke and Penguin are confirmed.

This isn’t the Batman we know from previous games. Instead he’s younger, a little rougher, a little less well-trained and prone to stepping over the line. It’s his job to work out exactly why the Black Mask is after him, while proving to the Gotham CIty Police Department that he’s on their side.

Apparently, WB Montreal are sticking true to the notion of Batman as a detective, citing the ace BBC series Sherlock as an inspiration. As such, the Dark Knight can use his first-person detective vision to track bullet paths, use holograms to act out theories and scans points of interest.

Apparently, as he does this Batman mutters ideas to himself.

Furthermore, players can also go to the Batcave and use the Batcomputer to run simulations and view them from multiple angles, or in slow motion, with the ability to pause or just try out new ideas. The ideas is that Batman uses these simulations in order to find further clues.

Gameplay-wise, the combat remains essentially the same, except with a few new tactics and opportunities folded in, to combat new enemy types. Similarly, gliding, ledge takedowns, sleeper holds and upside down strikes return.

There is some new stuff, however. For example, there’s a new gadget, the Remote Claw. This allows batman to target two objects and then pull them together. So players can bash objects and thugs together or just crash two thugs together in order to knock them out.

You can also do things like tie explosive barrels to perches, lure in enemies and then cut the rope from a distance with your Batarang, dropping the barrel and blowing up the bad dudes.

As far as the structure of the game is concerned, the city opens up as Batman dismantles a network of hacked towers. Each tower emits a signal that prevents the Batwing from gaining access and stops points of interest from being highlighted. Think Far Cry 3’s towers and you’re not far off.

Outside of the main campaign, there are a number of activities players can engage in.

There’s Crime in Progress events, which are dynamic and charge Batman with saving policemen from thugs and the like. You’ll encounter these events randomly as you explore the world.

There’s also a Most Wanted system, which provides Batman with a list of bad dudes to pursue. And beyond that, there’s also a Dark Knight system, which while not tutorials, train players to improve their combat and stealth for XP and upgrade rewards. 

The Dark Knight system exists alongside a Challenge mode, which will apparently return in some form.

So, what do you reckon? We’re still a little concerned about Rocksteady handing the reigns over to WB Montreal, but based on what we’ve heard so far, the signs are good. Roll on October 25th!

[Game Informer has requested that we remove the images. Don't worry, we'll have the proper high def versions soon]


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Comment #1 by JE43
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:11:47 AM
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Before the negative comments start pouring in, remember how great the great the Prototype series was... Then hope that this turns out infinity times better

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Comment #2 by DemonikCaveman
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:13:39 AM
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Looks ace. Can't wait. :)

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Comment #3 by javahouse
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:15:04 AM
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Looking good so far.

There is only one strange detail.
This is supposed to take place before the first to games right?

Then why does the Bat-Suit look so much more advanced the those two?...

No big deal but...

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Comment #4 by ZombieHunter13
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:15:06 AM
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looks great, especially this version of black mask
day one buy!!

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Comment #5 by WINAS3
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:16:54 AM
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Sounds good so far. I'm interested but not sold.

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Comment #6 by ZombieHunter13
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:25:04 AM
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@3: it looks to me that the batsuit looks more improvised, as in camo pants with protection padding, same with the torso part

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Comment #7 by Dark_Knight_4u
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:26:22 AM
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Day 1 for sure. I would love to see some story line or video though.

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Comment #8 by Alex Fly
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:33:17 AM
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Looks good, I guess we'll see but yep so far it looks very interesting. I'm impatient to see some gameplay footage now.

I saw some handhelds media on another site too, and it doesn't look too bad either. I just wish it wasn't a side-scrolling game.

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Comment #9 by DMCV
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:37:08 AM
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I'm excited :)

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Comment #10 by care_bear_kiIIer
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:46:19 AM
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Do you think this will be released on the PS2?

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Comment #11 by insaneloverboy23
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:48:34 AM
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looks very nice and fun haha

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Comment #12 by jvaferreira
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:49:57 AM
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@3 That's exactly what I was thinking, it doesn't make sense to me.

But it doesn't matter, if they stick to the same type of gameplay and make a decent story I will get it for sure.

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Comment #13 by Baron Bonk
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:50:28 AM
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@10: no, I think not :)

OT: Sounds and looks promising!

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Comment #14 by IM NaMTaB
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:52:04 AM
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@10 no.... but love the boats name ..... final offer

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Comment #15 by IcedXPhoenix
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:52:15 AM
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Should be pretty good, loved the first 2

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Comment #16 by IM NaMTaB
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:53:56 AM
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Also batwing ftw and another freeflow trophy will piss me off since there is a new gadget

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Comment #17 by ItaChuPR
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 07:00:40 AM
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i want this and the vita game !!!

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Comment #18 by 1984burke
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 07:23:54 AM
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Sounds awesome! Can't wait for this!

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Comment #19 by wheatley
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 07:34:27 AM
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All sounds really promising, and love that Black Mask is the main villian! Was hoping the Robin DLC was more than it was, but an entire game with him is more than enough to satisfy me! :-)

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Comment #20 by Spraragen88
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 07:48:41 AM
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This sounds like Arkham City 2.5 and just throwing in stuff people complained it lacked before like the Batwing.

This falls in the prequel trap, why is he more advanced if he isn't as skilled, where were these new gadgets in the other games. There is no continuity between these games.

Also this means no Joker or Harley.

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Comment #21 by MrSP
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 07:51:16 AM
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@10 - I hope you mean PS4.

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Comment #22 by KylieDog
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 07:53:20 AM
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I still need to platinum Arkham City.

This could be good, hoping for more indoors areas like Asylum, City being on the streets gave you too much freedom, need be trapped in with the enemies for them to be a threat.

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Comment #23 by david18
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 07:59:54 AM
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It's different in a very good way... Well, of course it is. Very excited nonetheless. And since it's revealed like half a year before release (unless it's pushed back), then I can probably hope better, if not very much, with what's being shown right now.

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Comment #24 by Knastcore
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 08:05:26 AM
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Black Mask! Hell year - allways hoped he makes a bigger apperance in the Series.

Only bad think - Black mask and Pegiun looking too differet to the look they had in the Other two

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Comment #25 by Naulziator
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 08:25:09 AM
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Help! I don't want to get addicted to Batman again!

Aw, nuts! 1st day buy for me...

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Comment #26 by First2Fight
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 08:27:47 AM
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Was really skeptical when I first heard about the reigns being handed over. But I must say, if these screen shots and the story above are an early indication of how awesome this game will be, it'll be a day one buy for me! I need to go back and re-plat Arkham Asylum and Arkham City on my new account, before the new game releases!

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Comment #27 by KindredCampbell
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 08:41:34 AM
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well these are nice lets see some Gameplay & a demo

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Comment #28 by F13CrystalLake
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 08:49:01 AM
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Looking forward to this. I'm sure they will do fine with it. Although it states that Batman can use explosive barrels to drop on enemies, only one concern wouldn't that kill them? Batman doesn't kill lol

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Comment #29 by GAZDAN
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 09:04:37 AM
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I see they haven't announced the tacked on MP which is surely going to be there. We were lucky I think not to see it on Arkham City. If it is there, they can count me of for this unfortunately.

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Comment #30 by SweGabe
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 09:15:16 AM
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@29 I usually hate tacked on MP in games as well, but I think one kind of multiplayer might work for a game like this, think spies VS mercenaries from Splinter Cell, one side being Batman/Nightwing etc. in third person view, using hit-and-run and stealth tactics while the other side plays and thugs, first-person view and using guns/rifles.

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Comment #31 by Nightwing
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 09:25:48 AM
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I hope Paul Dini is on board to write the story

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Comment #32 by KindredCampbell
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 10:00:53 AM
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i already copied the images to post on my clan page around facebook, >>

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Comment #33 by Aboelsas
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 10:55:12 AM
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i'm not 100% sure how this will turns out but still this is so good to be true i just love anything with Batman written on it so it's a must buy for me hands down !!

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Comment #34 by Maheeto
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 12:55:41 PM
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Has me intrigued I must say, but I will wait for more reviews and gameplay footage before I buy. I love the Batman games but Rocksteady not behind the steering wheel is a little worrying I hope they do it justice. Off topic though what is Rocksteady working on?????? PS4 title??

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Comment #35 by spawnvader
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 01:06:58 PM
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Dini already confirmed several months ago that he had a story ready to go for a 3rd game, but WB basically told him "No thanks." He is not involved with this.

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Comment #36 by wrestlefanatic77
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 04:56:50 PM
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I'm so going to miss Rocksteady. They knew what made a Batman game great.

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Comment #37 by XxFearReaper
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 05:24:02 PM
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I can't wait!! Hopefully the new developers captures the dark psycho killer state of mind that Rocksteady oh so wonderfully mastered. For example Zsasz, Calender man, Joker...

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Comment #38 by twyz
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 06:20:04 PM
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The Batmobile better be in this game.

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Comment #39 by zepolman
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 09:23:35 PM
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I can't agree with people saying looks good, because all we have to go on is a visualization of reading what they have planned, now I can say however it sounds pretty interesting so far, and the fact of Black Mask, Penguin, and Deathstroke being in Arkham Origins excites me even more, so I can hope that they bring this game to a good standing as the other two did for me.

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Comment #40 by oliwier44
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 06:36:39 AM
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hope ther is the batmobile

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Comment #41 by Masononmute
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 03:57:37 PM
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This game needs a Batman and Robin mode.

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Game Info


US October 25, 2013
Europe October 25, 2013
Japan December 05, 2013

Resolution: 480p, 720p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
Online Players : 3-8
ESRB: Teen
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