Play as Batman as He Meets And Takes on DC Comics' Most Notorious
BURBANK, CA, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment and DC Entertainment today unleash some of DC Comics'
most deadly villains upon Gotham City with the launch of Batman: Arkham Origins. The next installment of the blockbuster Batman: Arkham video game franchise is available for the PlayStation®3 computer
entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from
Microsoft, Wii U™ system and Windows PC. Also available today is Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Nintendo
3DS™ handheld system.
Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins is based on DC Comics' core Batman license. The game features an
expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set
several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the first two critically acclaimed games of the franchise. Taking
place before the rise of Gotham City's most dangerous criminals, the
game showcases a young, unrefined Batman as he faces the defining
moment of his early career and sets his path to becoming the Dark
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, is a 2.5-D handheld game developed by Armature Studio, which brings
the core Batman Arkham pillars, such as FreeFlow combat and Batman's infamous gadgets, to the
PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Nintendo handheld
format for the first time. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate allows players to continue the storyline of the console version and
discover more details of the Dark Knight's past.
"It's a big responsibility taking on the Batman: Arkham franchise and the WB Games Montréal team has dedicated itself to giving
players an experience that is worthy of the name," said Reid Schneider,
Vice President and Executive Producer, WB Games Montréal. "Batman: Arkham Origins allows fans to play through a new take on Batman's story while
experiencing some enhanced game-play mechanics."
Batman: Arkham Origins features a pivotal tale set on Christmas Eve where Batman is hunted by
eight of the deadliest assassins from the DC Comics Universe. Along the
way, players will experience a fresh take on iconic Batman characters,
including The Joker, Black Mask, Penguin, Deathstroke, Bane, Deadshot,
Copperhead and others yet to be revealed.
Also new to the franchise is the online multiplayer mode, which is
developed by Splash Damage. Friends and foes can play online in 3v3v2
gameplay that blends traditional Arkham gameplay with third-person
shooter mechanics. Gamers can hunt as Batman or Robin against the most
challenging opponents yet - friends and other online gamers - or take a
walk on the dark side as a Super-Villain Elite and be part of The Joker
or Bane's gang. Those playing as a Super-Villain Elite will also have
a chance to seize control of either The Joker or Bane for a limited
amount of time.
Players looking to extend their gameplay experience can buy the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass now for $19.99 and receive $30 worth of content. The
Season Pass is comprised of five of the game's upcoming downloadable
content packs, which includes two exclusive skins, as well new content
from the Batman Arkham Initiation Pack and a separate all-new story
campaign. The Initiation Pack content tests Bruce Wayne's skills of
detection, evasion and confrontation among the mysterious temple high
in the Paektusan mountains of Korea, where his greatest teacher,
Grandmaster Kirigi, is holding a final class. The Season Pass is
available on the PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live online entertainment
network from Microsoft, Nintendo eShop and Steam.
The Batman: Arkham Origins free-to-play mobile game, developed by NetherRealm Studios for iPad,
iPhone and iPod touch, is available on the App Store and delivers the
stunning graphics and quality gameplay fans have come to expect from
the team who brought to market fan favorite mobile games Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham City Lockdown. The title pits players, as Batman, against a number of DC Comics'
most deadly assassins as they fight their way through Gotham City's
most dangerous locales. Those who also own the console versions of the
game and are registered for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account will be
able to access exclusive content not available elsewhere.
The PS3™ and Xbox 360 versions of Batman: Arkham Origins are priced at $59.99 suggested retail; the Wii U and Windows PC
versions are priced at $49.99. The suggested retail price for the Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate handheld game is $39.99. Also available in limited quantities is the Batman: Arkham Origins Collector's Edition for PS3™ and Xbox 360, priced at $119.99 SRP.
Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate are rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB.
For more information and the latest updates, visit www.batmanarkhamorigins.com or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BatmanArkham.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo Sandman, Fables and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its
content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC
Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to
unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not
limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and
interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels
and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest
English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC
Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner
divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to
raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer,
licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive
space across all current and future platforms, including console,
handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game
About WB Games Montréal
Since its launch in 2010, WB Games Montréal has more than 300 employees
and continues to grow and recruit additional talent. Working with some
of Warner Bros. Studios' biggest brands, including DC Entertainment,
the studio is focused on the most cutting-edge approach to games for
the digital space as well as current and upcoming video game consoles.
About Armature Studio
Founded in 2008 by three of the principal members of the Metroid Prime
franchise, Armature Studio strives to bring their game design
sensibilities to a new audience. Located in Austin, TX, Armature
currently has over 30 employees and is working on multiple titles.
About NetherRealm Studios
NetherRealm Studios is a leader in the development of interactive
entertainment, and the creator of the billion dollar Mortal Kombat
franchise. Mortal Kombat has spawned two theatrical films, multiple
television series, and has sold over 35 million games to date. Located
in Chicago, Illinois the award-winning NetherRealm team has been
working and creating games together since 1992. Additional information
about NetherRealm Studios can be found at www.netherrealm.com
About Splash Damage Ltd
Founded in 2001 and based in London, England, Splash Damage® Ltd is an
independently-owned developer dedicated to AAA multiplayer
experiences. The studio has won over 300 awards and nominations around
the world, achieved 'Best Independent Developer' at the Develop Awards,
and was listed in The Guardian's 'TechMedia Invest 100'.
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