Batman is at his best when he reflects the world he's always trying to save from itself. In the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight, that world is reportedly getting a lot bigger and more dangerous, according to information in the latest Game Informer magazine. With the Rocksteady series coming to an end with its third entry, it seems clear the studio is narrowing in on what's made the Arkham games one of the best depictions of Batman in any medium.
Holy crunching punches, readers! Warner Brothers have revealed the third Rocksteady Arkham game, which will be called Batman: Arkham Knight. Billed as the "explosive finale" to the series, it'll feature a larger open world, and a now driveable Batmobile to navigate it. A new trailer sets the scene, opening with a parental monologue, and ending with the inevitable fisticuffs.
The plot of Arkham Origins would fit nicely into Adam West's Batman TV series. Eight assassins attempt to cancel Christmas, and permanently erase Batman from Santa's 'nice' list. Can he bring them to justice? Will Robin's turkey be too dry? And why is Alfred sneaking around with a red hat and fat suit? Of course, as this launch trailer proves, the third Arkham game exists on the other end of the Camp/Gritty scale. In other words, The Dark Knight better watch out.
I can't imagine many of the players who glided, swooped and pounced through the previous Arkham games stopped to imagine what it would be like to control one of the many anonymous, psychotic thugs. But, as this new trailer reveals, Batman: Arkham Origins plans to deliver on the experience anyway - with an asymmetrical "3v3v2" multiplayer, developed by Splash Damage. Players will fill the rosters of the Joker and Bane's gangs, hunting down a third two-man team comprised of Batman and Robin.
Check back later to read Evan's impressions of this newly announced multiplayer mode.
Do henchmen get medical insurance? If not, I just can't see it being a viable career path. Sure, it's fine as you go about the day-to-day business of thuggery and robbing - that's the bread and butter stuff. But eventually Batman is going to come and pound your face into mush and, judging by this trailer - the full version of Thursday's brief teaser - you're in for some hefty medical bills.
It's not just anonymous face crushing: we also get a big CGI fight between Batman and Deathstroke.
It's a good job that Batman is a professional combat unit, because there's more logo than action in this first teaser for the upcoming Arkham Origins. Take out the splash screens, and he gets just 11 seconds to butt heads and pound fists into the sword-welding Deathstroke. How is he supposed to finish off a confirmed super-villain in that sort of time?
Dear Batman: Arkham Origins,
Why do you tease us so cruelly? We’ve already gotten to know each other pretty well, what with your big announcement magazine cover from last month and your steady stream of new information and multiplayer news. We feel like we’ve known you forever, when really we’ve only just met.
We don’t care that you’re not being developed by Rocksteady anymore. We don’t care that Kevin Conroy won’t be lending his iconic voice to the Dark Knight. Arkham Origins, we just want to love you for you, and we just want to play you right now.
The trailer says that the Arkham City Game of the Year edition will be out on May 29 but, as reader Richard points out, the official FAQ indicates that there's no date for the PC just yet. Rocksteady "will be announcing more details soon." The console version release date is scheduled four months after the US version, in September. We'll have to wait and see if the same delay will apply to the PC version when Rocksteady pony up more details.
Warner Bros. Interactive, you are one sly devil. Pre-order bonuses are usually nothing to make a fuss over, but these retailer exclusive skins for Batman: Arkham City are a cut above. At the moment, they're only confirmed for a UK release, but to miss out on these nostalgic get-ups would be a travesty. Check out which costume is which and where you can get them, then dig up all your old Batman action figures for reference.
Sefton Hill has revealed that Batman: Arkham City is set to be five times bigger than 2009's Arkham Asylum. The Rocksteady Studios developer also gave insight into gameplay tweaks for the sequel.
Click more for the details and the most recent trailer.