Batman: Arkham Origins Coming To Consoles, Spin-Off To Handhelds

By Ishaan . April 9, 2013 . 8:30am


Warner Bros. have announced Batman: Arkham Origins via Game Informer magazine. Unlike the previous Batman: Arkham games, this one is being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal rather than the series’ usual developer, Rocksteady. WB Montreal will be using the same technology as Rocksteady did to keep the look of the game consistent with its predecessors.


Batman: Arkham Origins takes place several years before Batman: Arkham Asylum, and features a younger Batman running into a number of supervillains for the very first time. Among the villains in the game is Deathstroke.


Batman: Arkham Origins is slated for release on October 25th for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.


Additionally, a spin-off title, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, is in development for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Blackgate will be a 2.5D Metroid-style game that will take place after the events of Origins and is being developed by Armature Studio, which was founded by key members of the team that worked on the Metroid Prime games at Retro Studios.


Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will be released on the same day as Batman: Arkham Origins. You can watch a teaser for the games above.

  • DesmaX

    Batman Arkham? With no Rocksteady?

    Gotta control my hype…

  • TheExile285


    A 2.5D metroid style batman game for my Vita? Yes please!

  • Adol Christin

    Batman Arkham game without Rocksteady…. not sure about that.

    The Vita and 3DS title seems promising.

  • Highasthesky

    So the Vita and 3DS get a “2.5D Metroid-style game” please no more i can’t control my excitement……no really (-_-)

    • CudaBiro

      That’s probably the best way to go for a handheld.

      • Highasthesky

        While there is some truth to that, i would have like to see them entertain the idea of having a similar open world experience on handheld. I’m sure the Vita could handle it (3ds maybe?) then again maybe they tried that already and failed so this was the only option i’m still not happy about it though (not writing it off) .

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    I’m expecting epic boss fights similar to Ra’s al Ghul from Arkham City. The others didn’t feel really epic unless I was fighting groups of enemies.

    • Exactly, you’re the FKKN BATMAN! If you’re not fighting groups of enemies, getting the jump on groups of enemies. Or stealthily avoid groups of enemies, it just doesnt feel right.

      With that said, fights like the Penguin and MR Freeze however, those were well planned out. Penguin as an example, it was never about fighting him directly, but GETTING to him that made him such a challenge (I mean he did go out with one combo after all XD)

      ALso Mr. Freeze on the opposite end of the spectrum… Damn man what other villain can they possibly build an epic boss fight of that caliber and use in the game? His battle just “made so much sense” I dont think there’s another villian in the game that can possibly get to that lvl of detail and planning, and if they pull it off with (insert villian here,) then damn son… GOTY again.

      But then theres… no Rocksteady, but same technology…

      Yeah, I’m already worried :(

      • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

        You forget the most build up boss with the worst execution: Dr. Strange.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Strange isn’t actually a boss though, you don’t even fight him. By the story, he should have been, but they did nothing with him. That was super disappointing.

  • Sergio Briceño

    A prequel by another developer, just the opposite of what I wanted but pretty much what I expected. Still going to get it though. Because Deathstroke.

  • malek86

    I remember some old rumors about the new Arkham game being more silver age-y. Looks like Warner is going the safe route instead?

    Anyway, even without Rocksteady, the formula is good enough that it will probably be good. And maybe they could actually improve something? Rocksteady’s efforts both had some problems. I was no fan of Arkham City’s story pacing, and Asylum’s metroidvania style got repetitive after a while. Let’s see if they can iron out the kinks for this new one.

    • Not just a lack of Rocksteady but also a lack of Paul Dini.

      • As much as I’ll miss Dini, he’s hardly the only writer that has successfully adapted Batman to other media than comics.

        • I just hope that the story given is one that will be engrossing enough. With the setting, I expect to see more from the guild of assassin’s and Talia/Ras as a major protagonist. Also Deadshot and Hush may have bigger roles.

          • Solomon_Kano

            This is a prequel to Asylum. Hush doesn’t show up until AC, so he won’t be here.

          • You speak as if these characters didn’t exist prior to the events of that game. They didn’t just magically appear in the Batman Universe with the inception of Arkham City. Bruce and family has already been previously acquainted with every villain that has appeared in the games so far.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I… don’t think you get what I’m saying. Yea, Tommy Elliot was around prior to Arkham City, but HUSH doesn’t appear until the events of Arkham City in this universe.

  • No Rocksteady? I better wait for reviews before buying

  • d19xx

    “Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, is in development for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita”

    PlayStation Vita… Vita… I can’t wrap my head around this…..

  • Hollowkoopa

    I hope this is not some cheap way to bring back the joker. I wanted them to continue the Arkham storyline instead of going the prequel route.

    • brian

      It is pretty much inevitable since those two seem to have plenty of history even in the first game.
      I’m baffled that it was handed off to someone else, this series appeared to be having an upward trend and this could reverse that.

  • XiaomuArisu

    No Rocksteady…..Holy dissapointment Batman!

  • SirRichard

    Entirely expected, but I’m very iffy about them leaving Rocksteady out of this one. Maybe it’ll just be a simple reuse of the engine and mechanics and whatever, but Rocksteady at least were used to this by now.

    Blackgate actually sounds very, very promising, a Batman Metroidvania by Metroid Prime staff? I’m there!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    2.5d??? ………Sunsoft style Batman please. That game is one of my favorite batman game lol.^_^

  • I’m super excited about the console game, but very curious about the portable game, too. The Armature guys were all heavily involved with Metroid Prime and most of their experience is in 3D. I wonder how well that would translate back into a 2.5D Metroid-style game.

    • Solomon_Kano

      You left a key bit of info out on the console side: Origins’ development is being headed by Eric Holmes, lead designer on The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype.

      I was already excited, but having the man responsible for Ultimate Destruction on board? That’s beyond amazing.

  • “Unlike the previous Batman: Arkham games, this one is being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal rather than the series’ usual developer, Rocksteady. ”

    Uh oh…

    “WB Montreal will be using the same technology as Rocksteady did to keep the look of the game consistent with its predecessors.”

    Hmm… I sense a great disturbance in the force… and I hope im wrong . . .

    • Solomon_Kano

      Have a little faith. Before Arkham Asylum Rocksteady was nobody. Montreal’s only done two things, and one of them was working with Rocksteady themselves to do the Wii U version of Arkham City.

      Rocksteady only had one game to their name before Arkham Asylum and they churned out something amazing. Maybe Montreal can do the same? Besides, they can always go to Rocksteady and get their thoughts on what they’re doing. Also, Origins is being headed by the man behind The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction — easily one of the best open-world superhero games ever.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    A metroidvania batman???? Fangasm!!!!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    got to love ol bats

  • Freud_Hater

    Deathstroke’s presence makes this game a MUST-BUY!! He looks SO awesome in this!!

  • redhood56

    This could be good… but I am not sure if they can pull it off. It seems promising

  • Between this and the Maverick Hunter story, I’m really glad that information is finally coming out about what Armature has been up to for all these years. It’s a little disappointing, though, that all they have to show on their resume so far is ports, licensed game spinoffs and cancelled projects… still, I’ll be watching their Batman game with curiosity, probably moreso than the console version.

  • Sardorim

    Seems like Tim is bad luck in this stuff. They have him in AC than they go to a prequel after all that foreshadowing towards the future. A shame.

  • Utku Savaş

    -WB Games HQ-

    Boss: “Okay guys. Rocksteady did a splendid job on first two Arkham games.”
    Employee: “Yes! We definately hire them for the third time!”
    Boss: “NOPE! Let’s give the third game to the guys who did two terrible games which unplayable, hardly have a story and ridiculously flawed.”

    …and that’s the story, how one of the most great game franchise from current gen is totally eff’d up.

    • sandra10

      I’m going to assume you don’t know much about the developer that’s making Arkham Origins. They were only formed a couple of years ago and they only have one or two games out, the WiiU port of Arkham City and some Looney Tunes game that I can’t find any info on.

      At least give them a shot. It’s not like Rocksteady was some high profile developer before the Arkham games. And it’s not like WB is done with them either since they own them. They’re probably working on a next gen game.

      • Utku Savaş

        I was talking about the guy from Prototype.

    • LaserVision

      Good lord. Give them a chance. Prior to Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady was known as the studio that made Urban Chaos. Have you ever thought that creatively, it was possible these guys wanted to take a break from making Batman games after working on them for the past 4 years?

      • Utku Savaş

        Nope. If Kojima doesn’t tired making MGS games, then no. No break for Rocksteady.

  • Wow a vita version. Metroid like? This might be awesome!

  • evilmajikman

    I’m fine with no Rocksteady. Lego Batman 2 is still my fav Batman game with the Danny Elfman music and being able to use all of Batmans vehicles. I just hope Origins has an actual living city this time like the Spiderman games, and I hope Catwoman is still playable.

  • LaserVision

    Love the concept of DC’s top assassins coming to kill Batman. I’m still working through AC so they can take their time.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yea, having Deathstroke after you could provide some pretty incredible moments. The Deadshot bits in AC, while cool, are few and far between, but Deathstroke could provide something akin to Nemesis’ presence in the earlier RE games. Having him just show up to beat you down at any given moment would be sweet.

  • Solomon_Kano

    So… a Metroid-style 2D Batman game from some of the folks who worked on the 3D Metroid games that inspired Arkham Asylum? I’m SO there.

    I’m also hyped beyond belief for Origins on console. Yea, yea, so it’s not Rocksteady. Well, Rocksteady was nobody before they proved themselves on Arkham Asylum. This could be that defining moment for WB Montreal, so let’s give them a shot, eh?

    Also, the team is being headed by the lead designer of The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Before Rocksteady came around, that was the best open-world superhero game — even over Spider-Man 2, I’d say. That game got the Hulk down like AA and AC got Bats down, so I’m confident in how this will turn out.

  • Scarletmoonwish

    Walmart messed up with the preorder picture earlier today.

  • DCBlackbird

    7 other assassins? hmmmmm…. im thinking deadshot and one of the talons

    • Dexward

      Talia, Cheshire, Phantasm, Azrael, Merlyn could be some of the others too.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Azrael probably isn’t likely since AC is Bats’ first meeting with him in this universe, but it’d be super cool to see Merlyn show up. Phantasm probably would’ve had a better chance if Dini were still involved.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I’d be more hyped than anything else if the Court of Owls were in this game.

      • DCBlackbird

        Great minds think alike

  • Ben Sylvia

    I REALLY am excited for the Metroid style one.

  • zerostasis

    “Unlike the previous Batman: Arkham games, this one is being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal rather than the series’ usual developer, Rocksteady.”

    I am worried… very worried…..

  • Shariest

    Urrrghhhh… 2.5D Metroid?
    I am waiting for the trailer of that spin-off,

    before even thinking further about the game :/

  • Lester Paredes

    I’ve read elsewhere that rocksteady will be on hand to collaborate, like Media Molecule did for LBP Vita. that’s good, because otherwise, I’d be really wary. And Armature Studios handling the handheld game, a Metroid/Castlevania SotN exploration game with Batman? Sign me up. They did fantastic work when these guys were a part of Retro Studios and wowed me with both Metroid Prime(all 3 of them) and Donkey Kong Country Returns.

  • Ridho Siregar

    Excited about the Gotham City setting, disappointed with Rocksteady’s absence.

    Though we can hope…

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