Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Origins is an upcoming video game being developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3Wii U and Xbox 360 video game consoles, and Microsoft Windows.

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..


Arkham Origins will feature similar gameplay to its predecessors. The Remote Claw is a new gadget which allows Batman to target two objects and pull them together allowing him to knock enemies together or hit them with objects. Tethering two walled-points together creates a tightrope that Batman can traverse. Some gadgets present in Batman: Arkham City return in Arkham Origins, including: the Cryptographic Sequencer, which is used for hacking security consoles; the batarang, a throwing weapon; and Explosive Gel.

The game introduces a fast travel system, allowing Batman to remotely summon his plane, the Batwing, to transport him to other areas of the game world quicker than gliding or grappling can allow. Enemy tower installations prevent Batman summoning the craft in some areas and must be first disabled using various gadgets and abilities to make the Batwing available; the Batwing is not player controlled. Some towers can only be disabled when the player has obtained the necessary equipment. Combat introduces a tracking system which assesses the players' efficiency, highlighting various achievements in battle such as avoiding damage and using gadgets. Combined with chaining attacks together, the performance is rewarded with experience points. These points can be used in a branching upgrade system to enhance Batman's abilities and gadgets, allowing players to upgrade multiple paths or specialize in one. The martial-artist is a new enemy type who is capable of countering Batman's own counters.


Arkham Origins features a large ensemble cast of characters from the history of Batman comics. Returning characters from Arkham City include: Batman a superhero trained to the peak of human physical perfection and an expert in martial arts; the psychopathic Joker GCPD captain James Gordon; the Penguin; Bane, the assassin Deadshot, and Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth. The story is also intended to explore the relationship between Batman and Alfred. Batman sees Alfred as a reminder of his parents' deaths, and an overbearing parental figure, while Alfred sees Batman as a spoiled child squandering his inheritance on his vigilante crusade, causing the two to repeatedly clash in the plot. The story takes place before the existence of Batman's sidekick, Robin. Arkham Origins marks the debut of crime lord Black Mask; the assassin Deathstroke; the anti-government, anti-corporation anarchist Anarky; Alberto Falcone; and corrupt GCPD officials Comissioner Loeb and SWAT team leader Branden.

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General information
Title Batman: Arkham Origins
Release date
25 Oct 2013