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NEW BATMAN GAME REVEALED, BUT DON’T CELEBRATE (YET)
Great news Batman fans! Warner Bros. has announced that a new Batman game, Batman: Arkham Origins, will be heading to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC on October 25.
The game occurs years before the events in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City but it isn’t an “origin” story—it’s just earlier in Batman’s career where he’s a little less experienced and he’s encountering a group of supervillains for the first time.
Sound exciting? Sure. Should you be worried? Maybe.
Warner Bros. also announced that the team behind the two previous Batman games, Rocksteady Studios, will not be developing the game. Instead, the development has shifted to Warner Bros. Games Montreal (the team behind the Wii U port of Arkham City).
No word was issued on why Rocksteady isn’t being used, but it appears that Warner Bros. was auditioning the Montreal studio with the Arkham City port for the Wii U and since that was relatively well received, Warner Bros. saw the opportunity to bring development in-house.
There are a few problems with this though:
- First, by using Montreal studio, we already know that we aren’t getting a revolutionary Batman game because they are re-using their modified Unreal Engine that they used for the Wii U port. This means it’s going to feel more like an Arkham City Version 3.0 than an original title.
- Second, it hasn’t been announced that Paul Dini is involved. He was the writer on the first two Batman games.
- Third, the reveal trailer is nothing more than the creative team talking about the game with one or two pieces of concept art floated throughout the 1:49. As we discussed last week and as Aliens: Colonial Marines and The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts reminds us, if your game is 6 months from release and you have nothing to show for it other than people hyping it and talking it up, there’s problems brewing!
- Finally, by the time this game is released, one or two new next-gen consoles will be on the market or releasing soon. Why would Warner Bros. invest heavily in something that comes at the end of a console’s life unless it’s simply rehashing existing work?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for a new Batman game but I’m also worried about for the reasons mentioned above.