Riddle me this! What was Gotham City like before The Dark Knight battled The Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum? We’ll get to find out this Fall as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced the third game in the Arkham series will be available soon for the PC, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360. Batman: Arkham Origins will be released on October 25 and will tell the story of a “young, raw, unrefined” Batman during the early days of his career:
Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged.
Sadly, Arkham Origins won’t be developed by Rocksteady Studios, the team behind Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Instead, WB Games Montreal will take up the cape and cowl for this origin story. With a little less than seven months to go before its released, we won’t have to wait long for details on Arkham Origins. For example, the game’s appearance on the cover of the May 2013 issue of Game Informer gives us our first look at one of Batman’s foes: Deathstroke.
A companion 3DS/Vita game, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will also be available on October 25. Developed by Armature Studio, the 2.5D game will take place after Arkham Origins and will feature a “Metroidvania” style of play.