Earlier today Warner Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment officially announced the next installment of their popular ‘Batman Arkham’ franchise named ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’.
In another partnership between Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, two games were announced. The first is the prequel story of ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ and the second is ‘Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate’.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 when it is released this fall, ‘Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate’ will be available for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system, and PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system and both will release worldwide 25th October, 2013.
The game is being developed by WB Games Montréal, and Batman: Arkham Origins will feature “an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City” according to Warner Bros.
The story will take place “before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals” and feature “a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight”.
On the mobile front. ‘Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate’ will be a “2.5-D game” developed by Armature Studio, says Warner Bros. This handheld will be a “companion game” that will allow players to “continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past”.
“Batman: Arkham is a huge triple-A videogame franchise and we are delighted to expand the experience with Batman: Arkham Origins,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “WB Games Montréal has an incredibly talented team building upon Rocksteady’s award-winning gameplay and technology to deliver a deep, immersive, quality experience fans will love.”
“WB Games Montréal is honoured to have the opportunity to create Batman: Arkham Origins, a new chapter in this amazing franchise” said Reid Schneider, Vice President and Executive Producer, WB Games Montréal. “We are huge fans of the franchise and are committed to creating an experience that offers players more of what they love, as well as the chance to play as a younger Batman within a fresh storyline and expanded world.”