Batman: Arkham Origins Coming This Year!

Rumors began circulating last year that the next entry in the “Arkham” games would be an origin story and Game Informer has revealed that those rumors were in fact true. Titled Batman: Arkham Origins, the game will take place before the previous two games in the series and will detail Batman’s first time meeting with several characters. One of the developers on the game described its plot as follows:

“Eight of the best assassins in the world have come to Gotham City for one night, Christmas Eve of all nights, to kill the Bat.”

Though not confirmed, it would appear the game will take place in and around Gotham City in an open-world environment like the previous game, “Arkham City.”

Fans will notice that the biggest difference between this and the previous “Arkham” games is that Rocksteady is not developing the title. Instead, Warner Bros. Games Montreal has been given the reigns of the franchise. Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25, 2013.

They’ve also announced that the first handheld entry in the franchise will be available on the same day. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will launch for the 3DS and PS Vita and is a different experience that picks up after the events of Batman: Arkham Origins.

Check out Game Informer‘s cover of the game for the first look at one of the franchise’s newest villains, Deathstroke, as well as the game’s official logo below!

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