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Batman: Arkham Origins confirmed

Warner Bros has emerged from the batcave with the news that, yes, there will be a new Batman game this year. It'll be called Batman: Arkham Origins and it's headed our way in October.

As the title suggests, this game will be a prequel of sorts to previous hits Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Players will slip into the cowl and cape of a younger Batman as he fights to survive a campaign of terror from supervillain Black Mask. Set at Christmas, eight assassins have been summoned to Gotham to hunt and kill the Dark Knight. It's your job to make sure that doesn't happen.

The Gotham of this game will be twice the size of the one explored in Arkham City. It will also be a "functional city" according to the publisher, rather than the desolate urban prison of the last game. The northern half of the map will be similar to the Gotham we know, complete with amusement park and industrial zones. South from there, however, will be a new area of equal size where Gotham's posh folks live, complete with skyscrapers.

You'll be able to nip around this enormous gameplay space thanks to the Batwing, which offers fast travel throughout the game, and Batman will also get a new toy in the shape of the "remote claw" which can attach to two different objects - or enemies - and pull them together at speed.

Batman: Arkham Origins is being developed by WB Montreal, rather than Rocksteady, the UK studio which created the previous titles. The creative director on the project is Eric Holmes, who has prior form in open world superhero action, having previously brought us The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype. The game is slated for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. No word on next gen versions yet.

And if that's not enough, there'll also be a handheld spin-off, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, for 3DS and PlayStation Vita.

Published: 10/04/2013

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