Eric Holmes, creative director of Warner Bros Montreal, the studio which has taken over from Rocksteady on the next Batman game, Arkham Origins, understands that some fans of the series are worried about a new team taking on the hugely popular series. He also believes that once people play the game, any lingering doubts will be blown away.
"I think as soon as you've got the pad in your hand, you're going to see that this game is authentic and uses the same underpinnings and core mechanics of the previous Arkham games," Holmes told Gamespot this week.
"And I think we have a great story," he added. "I can tell you I'm really excited about our story. I think it's a very important Batman story and I think fans are going to love that probably more than any other thing in the game."
As the name suggests, Arkham Origins is a prequel to the previous award-winning Batman titles, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. It takes place at Christmas and finds the Dark Knight hunted by assassins working for various colourful criminals. Black Mask, a relatively recent addition to the Batman rogue's gallery, will feature strongly after a small cameo in Arkham City.
Batman: Arkham Origins is due on October 25th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. A handheld spin-off, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, is also in development.