'Batman: Arkham Origins' Is Now Official

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Apr 09, 2013 04:18 PM EDT
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After all the rumors and reports, "Batman: Arkham Origins" has finally been revealed to be an official game.

The game will be a cover feature in Game Informer's next issue, set to hit newstands later this month.

Warner Bros. Game Montreal will be in charge of development this time around, replacing Rocksteady who were at the helm for the last two "Arkham" games. This could be a bit of a disappointment to fans, as Rocksteady's work on the last two titles brought the licensed superhero genre back from its shameful depths.

The company put out a short trailer where they talk about the ongoing development process, and while there are few peeks at the actual game, it does help set the story for the next game.

First and foremost, WB isn't re-telling Batman's origin. That's already a well enough known story. As rumors have suggested, it tells of the first time Batman meets certain characters who eventually become some of the stand outs of his rogues gallery. Set during Christmas Eve, eight of the best assassins in the world have gathered in Gotham City in an attempt to kill the Dark Knight.

Only Deathstroke has been seen so far and is featured on the magazine's cover. It'll be his first appearance in an "Arkham" title, possible opening up the door for others to appear as well. Batman's come across his fair share of guns for hire before, giving us a wide range of character possibilities who we've yet to see in a video game: Lady Shiva, David Caine, Firefly, and others.

Work has also begun on a handheld title called "Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate," set to hit Nintendo's 3DS and the PS Vita, which will release alongside "Arkham Origins."

At this moment, "Arkham Origins" is planned to release on October 25th for PC, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360. Nothing has been mentioned about release on next-gen consoles.

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