Batman: Arkham Origins Inspired In Part By Batman: Year One

By Ishaan . April 18, 2013 . 1:00pm

Batman: Arkham Origins takes place several years prior to Arkham Asylum. The game takes place in Gotham City on Christmas Eve, where eight of the deadliest assassins have gathered to try and kill Batman. Black Mask is the game’s major villain, although others such as the Penguin will make an appearance, too.


Since the game takes place early on in Batman’s career—it’s been described as a “Year Two” story—Arkham Origins’ Batman will be less than perfect, say the game’s developers in a video developer diary on You’ll see him make mistakes like, for example, maybe choking a suspect during interrogation until he passes out. The game is, in part, inspired by the Batman: Year One comic, even though it isn’t an origin story.


“He’s going to have to transition from this rough-around-the-edges, less polished, younger Batman to the well-oiled machine we know from Arkham City and Arkham Asylum,” says the game’s narrative director/writer, Dooma Wendschuh.


“Because keep in mind, up until now, he’s been dealing with the Maronis and Falconis and mob bosses and petty criminals; and the assassins are just on a whole different level of difficulty.”


Going up against these assassins that give him a run for his money will change how Batman sees himself, and will help drive character growth, adds creative director Eric Holmes. This early period in Batman’s career will also show the formation of key relationships in his life. For instance, Alfred and Bruce’s relationship is still forming. Bruce sees Alfred as an overbearing parental figure while Alfred sees Bruce as a spoilt kid squandering his deceased parents’ wealth on his Batman escapades.


You can watch the full development diary with more information at the link to above.

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  • StarWarudo

    So hyped for this. I never thought we’d be getting a prequel/sequel to Arkham City this soon.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Can’t wait for my issue of GI to come in the mail. The game’s gonna be sweet.

    • Ben Sylvia

      Oh good, I’m not the only one.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Waiting for your issue, too? Last week’s reveal said we should be seeing them within two weeks, so we should have ours next week.

        • Same here… but is anyone else hoping for a Batman Beyond game? I’ve been binge watching on Netflix and damn, that’d be nice.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I got my issue today! :D

            Much as I loved Batman Beyond, I’d much prefer he get a movie to a game. Terry’s Batman was a lot less about stealthily taking people out and the other things that set Bats apart in AC/AA. By the show, a Batman Beyond game would be much more action-y. On top of that, I can’t say I found most of his villains very interesting. Blight was AWESOME, but past him… eh.

            If somebody could pull it off in an interesting way though, I’d definitely be on-board.

          • Totally understand what you mean. I have to check my mailbox now!

  • Jesse Torres

    This will be a good game for the psvita.

    • This isn’t the 3DS/Vita game. That’s a Metroid-style side-scroller and it takes place after the story of this game.

      • Jesse Torres

        How unfortunate.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    So Batman will be similar to the from Batman Returns (Penguin and Catwoman film)? That Batman killed random enemies and had weird facial expressions.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Sounds good I hope it will be good

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