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How similar is Batman: Arkham Origins to Arkham City?

Watch 15 minutes of gameplay inside.

More than 15 minutes of Batman: Arkham Origins gameplay have been posted online, recorded during an E3 presentation.

It's our first extended look at Origins, which is developed not by series creators Rocksteady but by new studio Warner Bros. Montreal. Still, the influence of Rocksteady is immediately apparent.

The footage is very reminiscent of 2011's Arkham City, with its well-honed gliding, hacking and fight systems reproduced with little change.

Tweaks include an on-screen breakdown of your fights after each brawl and a crime-in-progress detector which flags up the game's new dynamic encounters.

Batman's crime investigation mode has also been expanded with the ability to piece together visual reconstructions of crime scenes.

Much has been made of the change in voice actors for the series leading roles. Troy Baker (Booker in BioShock Infinite and Joel in The Last of Us, among many, many other roles) has now been confirmed as voicing Joker, while Roger Craig Smith (Ezio in Assassin's Creed, Chris Redfield in Resident Evil) voices the Dark Knight.

Origins is due for release this year, while Rocksteady is rumoured to be slogging away on an all-new Silver Age Batman reboot for which regular Batman voice Kevin Conroy is expected to return.

Watch the new Arkham Origins footage below.

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