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Batman: Arkham Origins story DLC dated

UPDATE: Warner confirms - better freeze up some time in April.

UPDATE 14.14PM: Batman publisher Warner Bros. has now confirmed the below release date and given a few extra details on Cold, Cold Heart's storyline.

Don't expect another patch for Batman: Arkham Origins

Don't expect another patch for Batman: Arkham Origins

Players upset after dev confirms it will focus on story DLC.

Batman: Arkham Origins developer Warner Bros. Montreal has indicated it will not release another patch for the game - a decision that has upset many players who have complained about game-breaking bugs since last year.

Instead, the developer is focusing on upcoming story downloadable content.

"The team is currently working hard on the upcoming story DLC and there currently are no plans for releasing another patch to address the issues that have been reported on the forums," read a message posted to the game's forum by Arkham community manager "Mercury".

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No exciting story DLC for Wii U Batman owners

Demand isn't strong enough, Warner explains.

Wii U owners won't be offered the most exciting and significant piece of Batman: Arkham Origins downloadable content: the upcoming, unannounced story addition, which focuses on "one of the most key relationships in Batman canon".

Face-Off: Batman: Arkham Origins

Digital FoundryFace-Off: Batman: Arkham Origins

Knightfall on PC and current-gen console.

Taking over the reins of the Batman franchise from Rocksteady for this latest instalment, Warner Bros. Games Montreal delivers an entertaining romp set back in the open world-rendition of Gotham first realised in Arkham City. While the game spends most of its time revisiting old ground, the established mix of free-flowing combat, stealth and exploration continues to work well.

Instead of redefining the series, Arkham Origins expands upon the open version of Gotham present in the previous Batman title, adding in new locations to the existing hub world while also tweaking other areas of the game - the animation of Batman has been improved, resulting in combat that flows a touch more fluidly than before, with the developers promising a more brutal "year two" Batman who has yet to refine his combat skills. In terms of the game engine itself, we see small changes to the lighting model that add more depth to scenes while reducing the harsh glare present from some of the neon signs and spotlights dotted about the environments.

The changes are largely beneficial and extend across the majority of platforms, with PC owners getting some tasty PhysX-enhanced extras that further improve upon the game's already solid aesthetic. That said, the situation surrounding the Wii U version is somewhat less pleasing: there are a few more graphical compromises compared to 360 and PS3, while performance lags behind the other formats - not something we'd expect to see at this point in the console's life.

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Batman: Arkham Origins launches with half the sales of Arkham City

Batman Arkham Origins has topped the UK all-format charts, albeit with half the launch week sales of Rocksteady's Batman Arkham City.

WB Games Montreal's Arkham prequel sold around same amount as 2009's Arkham Asylum, UK numbers company Chart-Track reported.

The all-time best-selling Batman game in the UK remains Lego Batman: The Videogame.

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Batman: Arkham Origins review

Batman: Arkham Origins review

The Knight before Christmas.

As a young studio best known for porting Batman: Arkham City to Wii U, WB Montreal must have been desperate to prove that it belongs in the same conversation as series creator Rocksteady Games. To its credit, it's hard to tell that Batman: Arkham Origins isn't one of its sister studio's earlier releases. That's some achievement, but it's also a mixed blessing.

To begin with, the set-up is as economical as Arkham Asylum or Arkham City. Batman is thrust into Gotham on Christmas Eve after Black Mask puts a $50 million bounty on his head and invites eight super-villains to town to compete for the spoils. As with previous Arkham games, that simple set-up then evolves as Batman races to keep up with events.

Arkham Origins doesn't leave the strongest first impression though. After a CG cutscene and a short playable prologue in Blackgate Prison, Batman is dumped into a sparsely occupied Gotham that looks tiny on his Batcomputer map compared to some of the open-world playgrounds we've run around in lately. You're free to travel across it all from the start, but players used to maps dripping with icons may be surprised at its cold emptiness.

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17 minutes of Batman: Arkham Origins gameplay

Warner Bros. has dished up a developer-narrated 17-minute gameplay video for Batman: Arkham Origins, which is out this week in the UK (physical Wii U and PC editions a week later).

Senior producer Ben Mattes and gameplay director Michael McIntyre - not the British comedian - take us on a tour of Batman's brutal new world.

We see inside the Batcave, get a look at the very important Training Console and hear punchy lines such as, "If they do, we'll be eating that Christmas ham sooner than you think." The dark and vicious streets of Gotham City are explored as well, as Batman attempts a mission.

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How to kill Batman for $50m, with Outside Xbox

Plus Sleeping Dogs 2 and GTA Online stunts.

Hello Eurogamers. The nights are starting to draw in, further legitimising our decision to spend every evening in front of Grand Theft Auto Online. But apparently there are some other games? And a new generation of consoles on the way soon? Best investigate.

Batman: Arkham Origins' Wii U and physical PC versions will launch later in Europe

Warner Bros. has told Eurogamer that Batman: Arkham Origins' Wii U and physical PC versions will arrive in Europe on 8th November, a fortnight later than the game's launch on other platforms.

Strangely, the same isn't true elsewhere. In North America, the game's worldwide release date - next Friday, 25th October - applies across every version.

It's unclear what the difference is in Europe.

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VideoBatman: Arkham Origins looks very Batman

Here's how Warner Bros. Montreal's oranges story is shaping up.

Everyone loves Batman, right? Christopher Nolan's retooling of the DC icon along with Rocksteady's quite exquisite two games in the Dark Knight's universe ensures he's the comic book character of choice, so you can't blame Warner Bros. for wanting to make the most of one of its most valuable assets. But the idea of an annual game series? As Ian Higton pointed out to me, it's a bit like FIFA in black leather, and surely no-one wants that. Though on second thoughts...

Batman: Arkham Origins' Knightfall DLC is PlayStation 3-exclusive

Batman: Arkham Origins' Knightfall DLC is PlayStation 3-exclusive

Includes five new maps and two new skins.

Batman: Arkham Origins developer WB Games Montreal has announced the game's Knightfall Pack, which will only be available on PlayStation 3.

Knightfall contains five challenge maps and two player skins - one for Knightfall Batman and another for the Classic TV Series Batman (hello Adam West).

Maps include "Azrael Does Not Protect", "City on Fire", "Venom Connection", "Turning Point" and "No Rest for the Wicked", glimpses of which can be seen in the trailer below.

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Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer skips Wii U

UPDATE: Warner Bros. focusing "on platforms with the largest MP audience".

UPDATE:Batman: Arkham Origins publisher Warner Bros. has explained its decision not to include a multiplayer mode in the game's Wii U version as it had decided to focus its efforts on the platforms with a sizable multiplayer audience.

Another familiar Batman villain confirmed for Arkham Origins

This year's Batman: Arkham Origins will offer an expanded role to recurring Bat villain Jervis Tetch, aka the Mad Hatter.

The character's return is detailed in the upcoming issue of Official Xbox Magazine, scans of which are now floating round the internet (thanks VG247).

Hatter's role will expand on his cameo appearance in Rocksteady's excellent Batman: Arkham City. In Origins, Hatter is the anatagonist in "psychotropic" action sequences that resemble Scarecrow's appearances in the original Arkham Asylum.

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Batman: Arkham Origins announced for PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360

Batman: Arkham Origins announced for PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360

UPDATE: Black Mask is the main villain, the world will be twice as big as Arkham City.

UPDATE 2: Further details have emerged about Batman: Arkham Origins. Notably that its main antagonist is Black Mask, who orchestrates a city-wide manhunt for Batman among Gotham's outlaw population.

The game world will be approximately twice as big as it was in Arkham City. The north half of Origins' map will be similar to the setting of Arkham City, although it won't have giant prison walls surrounding it and Amusement Mile won't be flooded. There will also be more Christmas decorations, giving it a sort of Batman Returns vibe.

The south half of the map will be New Gotham, which is described as a classier part of town with more skyscrapers. Given the larger setting, players will be able to move about faster thanks to the Batwing offering a mode of fast travel. Players will need to dismantle hacked towers that emit jamming signals though before they can fly to certain regions.

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