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The Xbox 360 edition of Batman: Arkham Origins is now available to play via backwards compatibility on Xbox One.
Warner Bros. has canned an unannounced Suicide Squad game to focus on a new Batman game starring Damian Wayne, according to a new report.
Batman: Arkham Oranges' online services will shut down next month, publisher Warner Bros. has announced.
Hello! Chris Donlan here. As a couple of Batman's Arkham adventures are getting the remaster treatment this week, we thought it might be interesting to ponder the fate of the one game that didn't make the cut. Oh, BTW, this piece contains some major spoilers for Origins and Arkham Knight.
WB Games Montreal is currently hiring for two new DC Comics-based games.
You can now purchase every Batman: Arkham Game and its DLC on Steam for $9.99 on Bundle Stars.
A special "Complete Edition" of Batman: Arkham Origins has been spotted for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, via the German arm of retailer Amazon.
Warner Bros. has released a new video showcasing nearly five minutes of gameplay footage of the Cold, Cold Heart story DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins.
Patrick Redding, director of the recent Splinter Cell Blacklist, has joined Batman: Arkham Origins developer Warner Bros. Montreal to work on an unannounced project.
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.
Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate, the 3DS and PlayStation Vita game which accompanied last year's Batman: Arkham Origins, is getting a home console launch.
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".
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".
Steam has launched its winter sale - and there are some eye-catching bargains to be had.
UPDATE #2: Batman: Arkham Origins' Initiation DLC will be available to buy on PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 from tomorrow, priced £5.49.
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.
Batman publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has announced the Arkham Collection, a trilogy pack of games for release next week.
Warner Bros. has acknowledged the technical problems that have affected Batman: Arkham Origins, and vowed to fix them.
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.
Warner Bros. Montreal has admitted facing "resistance and reluctance" at "every level" when it began work on Batman Arkham Origins, the first title in the Arkham franchise not designed by its British creators, Rocksteady.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Origin's upcoming Initiation DLC will move the game's setting to Asia for an extra slice of origin story.
Warner Bros. has announced the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass, which will grant access to five of the game's upcoming downloadable content packs.
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.
All of the Achievements for both Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Batman: Arkham Origins have been posted online, courtesy of Exophase.
The PC version of Batman: Arkham Origins has ditched Microsoft's Games for Windows Live service in favour of Steam, publisher Warner Bros. has confirmed.
Batman: Arkham Origins publisher Warner Bros. has revealed details of the game's PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Collector's Editions, which will cost £79.99 and be released alongside regular versions of the game on 25th October.
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.
Superman has enemies. Batman often has victims. Now the developers behind Batman: Arkham Origins want you to be one of those victims. Some of the time, anyway.
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.
Batman: Arkham Origins will contain the assassin Copperhead, the latest in the series' roster of impractically-dressed female characters.
More than 15 minutes of Batman: Arkham Origins gameplay have been posted online, recorded during an E3 presentation.
UPDATE: Apparently the Deathstroke DLC is coming to Wii U after all.
The confusion around Kevin Conroy's work on the Batman video games continued today after he deleted a tweet suggesting he was on board with not this year's Arkham game - but the one after that.
UPDATE 2: Prominent voice actors Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker will be handling the roles of Batman and the Joker respectively in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins, Joystiq has reported.
Veteran voice actor Kevin Conroy will not voice Batman in Warner Bros. Montreal's upcoming Arkham City: Origins.
Batman: Arkham Origins will introduce a multiplayer mode to the series for the first time, a report has claimed.
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.