Monday, April 1, 2013

Batman Arkham Origins Coming Late 2013?

Batman has certainly had his ups and downs with video games but few can deny how fantastic the Arkham series has been. Both games wisely borrow elements from the stealth and sandbox genres with some Metroid sprinkled throughout for good measure resulting in some of the best games of the last 5 years. Arkham City was an excellent game that built on the already great Arkham Asylum with an amazing story but unfortunately worked its way into a dead end in terms of a potential sequel. While I won't spoil the story for anyone, those who have beaten the game know what I am talking about. This brings us to the recent rumors that have surfaced concerning the future of the series.

While not yet given a full reveal, enough information has leaked to give fans hope that the next Batman game is coming this year and it will be titled Batman Arkham Origins. The game is rumored to be a Silver Age-inspired prequel and could be revealed at this years E3. Being a prequel, Origins is set to have a story linked to the Batman comics of the 1950s and '60s which will be quite interesting and opens the possibility of exploring how Arkham Asylum (the location) came to be. Series developer Rocksteady is said to be working on the game once again and rumors also suggest the appearance of fellow Justice League members Superman and Green Lantern in this latest game. If the rumors are true, Batman Arkham Origins will likely be powered by the Unreal Engine 3 allowing it to appear on both current and next generation consoles (Wii U, PS3, PS4, XB360, XB720?). While we wait for possible confirmation of this rumor, check out the excellent Arkham Retrospective that Gametrailers put out for the release of the first game in the series. Enjoy!


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