We finally have confirmation via Eurogamer about the next Batman game in the series of phenomenal Arkham games by Rocksteady Studios, but now being taken over by WB Montreal. Batman Arkham Origins will release on October 25th, 2013 on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC with a spin off Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate hitting the 3DS and Vita on the same day. The game will focus around eight assassins that come to Arkham to kill Batman and reign supreme over the city. The studio also announced that the game will have a living breathing city that isn’t what we have come to see from the previous installment, Batman: Arkham City. All of these pieces are extremely intriguing and fans will, no doubt be clamoring for the next installment. The surprising piece to all of this though is the lack of confirmation for next generation consoles, but in reality the neglect of them is a smart strategy.
The biggest issue that plagues consoles upon launch is a bunch of unoriginal ports that moderately upgrade the graphics but don’t utilize the full power because of a lack of development time. Instead of WB Montreal focusing around bringing the game to next generation consoles, they are otherwise perfecting a formula that needed little work. Providing some TLC to a game is often over looked especially when we are on the verge of a new lineup of consoles, but giving touches like a Grand Theft Auto-like atmosphere with artificial intelligent characters that have no baring on the story but provide a more realistic approach is a under appreciated technicality.
The game will be fantastic as WB Montreal has taken notice of the series of titles previously released, but is also paying notice to the rest of the video game world that a great title doesn’t need to be ported just because we have a new set of consoles on the verge of release is a profound and needed statement. Too often gamers jump ship to the latest and greatest and purchase games that are simply not worth it because they can be had on the prior console as well and with minimal changes being made to the latter. WB Montreal is building upon a foundation that was set forth by Rocksteady as one of the greatest video game developers, and greatest game franchises in business today.
Instead of capitalizing on an instant payday, gamers need to recognize the sacrifice being made by the company and applaud their lack of a greed. At least we know that the console manufactures are going to have to prove to gamers why they must have the console upon launch, because there will be plenty of games to play on the previous generation that jumping ship won’t be as easy of a decision as it was in the past.
Batman: Arkham Origins will have a full unveiling in the next issue of Game Informer.