Multiplayer footage from the Batman: Arkham Origins beta appears

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Sep 19, 2013 04:26 PM EDT
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A select lucky few are currently enjoying the beta mode for Batman: Arkham Origins' multiplayer mode, but within that lucky bunch are a minute group who seems content to leak a video or two here and there of what the multi mayhem looks like, and we're fine with that.

Below you'll find well over an hour and a half worth of the game's multiplayer mode from all possible angles - gameplay from either Bats or the junior portion of dynamic duo, Robin, as well as the goons of the living chest muscle that is Bane, and the clown prince of crime.

The map in question is Blackgate Prison, a fitting backdrop given the handheld title that launches at the same time that Origins is set to hit consoles. It's only beta footage, so don't expect everything you see to be the same once the game releases. Most of what you see from Bats and Robin isn't too different from the last Arkham titles, save for a few new toys and some frequent tips from Alfred.

Bruce still has his spray explosive, batarangs, grapnel gun, detective views, hanging from gargoyles, stealthy takedowns (a bit quicker this time around from the younger, more agile Bats), but it's mostly old hat at this point. The battle between the two gangs is a far cry from the quiet atmosphere in the last Arkham games though, and should help keep things a little more fast paced.

Interestingly, it looks like Robin will have some interesting costume DLC, the same inspired from the animated show that appeared in Arkham City. He sports the same tools since the last time we saw him with the escrima sticks / staff combo.

Playing as the gangs is where things will probably be the most interesting. Whereas Bats n' Robin stick to the shadows and play things tactfully, the henchmen are considerably more offensive. Playing as them will give players the first opportunity in the Arkham series to fire off a few rounds from something lethal. It's also probably why the video peeks are much longer than those showing Batman and Robin.

Have a peek for yourselves below.

The game stars a younger, not as experienced Batman we've seen in past Arkham games, and has the criminal Black Mask offering a boatload of cash to whoever can kill the caped crusader. Confirmed classic characters include Penguin, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Firefly, Scarecrow, Bane, Copperhead, Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, the Joker, Anarky, and others.

Batman is armed with more than just his grapnel gun and batarangs. He's actually carrying a few new toys thrown in for good measure, all to help him pummel thugs throughout a Gotham city that's almost double the size of the one seen in Arkham City.

Batman: Arkham Origins launches Oct. 25 on Windows PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U. A followup to the events of Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins - Blackgate, is also in development by Armature Studio, set to release the same day for PS Vita and Nintendo's 3DS.

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