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Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins

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Batman: Arkham Origins

Genre: Action
Developer: Warner Bros.
Official Site: http://www.batmanarkh...
Publisher: Warner Brothers ...
Classification: M15+
Release Date:
25th October 2013
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Thursday, 26 June 2014
Post by Eorl @ 12:38pm 26/06/14 | 0 Comments
While PC fans may be able to pick up the latest in the Batman: Arkham series at a discounted price during the Steam Summer Sale, console and PC fans looking to get the more "complete" package won't have to wait long.

According to the German arm of online retailer Amazon (via VG247), a special "Complete Edition" of Warner Bros. Batman: Arkham Origins will soon be making its way to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. There is no word on exactly what the package will contain, but it is likely to include the most recent Cold, Cold Heart DLC centered around Mr Freeze and a number of skins currently available for separate purchase.

An interesting note to point out is that past Arkham games have had similar re-releases, although with the "Game of the Year" moniker attached to it instead of Warner Bros. prequel "Complete Edition" title. Hopefully we'll have a more official word on the matter, but until then keep your eyes to the sky for that Bat signal.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:43am 23/04/14 | 0 Comments
Batman: Arkham Origins’ Mr. Freeze-themed DLC Cold, Cold Heart has been unfrozen and released upon the citizens of Gotham City, offering a number of new items and plenty of Batman & Robin ice puns.

The Cold, Cold Heart DLC introduces new locations including Wayne Manor and GothCorp, taking players on an ice-cold journey as Victor Fries encounters Batman for the first time. Players will have access to all new gadgets including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves to put the heat on Freeze. If that wasn't enough warmth for you, Batman is also given a new Extreme Environment (XE) suit to take end the ice age.

The DLC is available for through Steam, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live at a price tag of $9.99. Check out the fancy trailer below for the icy action.

Friday, 31 January 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:10pm 31/01/14 | 0 Comments
Warner Bros. has confirmed that the Wii U will no longer be receiving support for future DLC releases of last year's Batman: Arkham Origins, according to an email surfacing online from Nintendo of America (via AllGamesBeta).

"Based on demand for Downloadable Content on the system, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has made the decision to remove its offering of the upcoming new story campaign for Wii U," the email states. Those who have purchased the Season Pass will also be receiving full refunds of the paid price, with the refund going directly into your eShop account.

The email also notes that any previously released content will still be available to play. Up until today it was still unknown exactly how Warner Bros. were going to handle DLC on the Wii U, with VG247 pointing out that "announcements failed to mention a Wii U release for DLC as early as June 2013."

The Wii U console has been a hot topic in the past few days, with Nintendo's recent quarter financial report yesterday revealing that the home hardware had only moved 1.95 million units, compared to the new-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, which saw over 4 million and 3 million respectively.

While Nintendo president Satoru Iwata did reveal during the conference briefing yesterday that the company are looking to restructure and reinvigorate their home console lineup (and handheld branch), it is starting to look like the company that brought about the Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System are struggling to keep up with its HD twins.

Let us know in the comment section below what your thoughts are on Nintendo and where they stand right now.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Post by Dan @ 10:51am 03/12/13 | 0 Comments
Batman: Arkham Origins' Initiation DLC is due to arrive tomorrow and Warner Bros Montreal have let loose a new video to showcase it:
Set high in the Paektu-San Mountains of North Korea, the Initiation Add-On follows a young Bruce Wayne as he faces his ultimate test. Players will embark upon a series of challenge maps that test their martial arts training across exotic locales, including a bamboo forest and a mountain top monastery. Fans will face fresh enemies along with an epic final test to prove their worthiness to Bruce's greatest and most pitiless teacher, Kirigi.
Initiation is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U and is included in the season pass DLC bundle. Check out the trailer below.

Thursday, 28 November 2013
Post by Eorl @ 11:19am 28/11/13 | 0 Comments
Warner Bros. has revealed new information on the upcoming story DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins, titled Initiation and featuring a look at Bruce Wayne's backstory as it chronicles his trials and tribulations at a monastery full of ninjas.

The new DLC was given a sneak peak look in the latest episode of DC All Access, where VP of WB Games Ames Kirshen mentioned that we'll soon be playing the DLC, offering a "new kind of challenge map pack that's got a little bit of a narrative to it."

To help tide you over until an actual release date and more information is given, Warner Bros. has also released three new non-story DLC packs. The Infinite Earths Skins Pack contains the following six new costumes:
  • Earth 2 Dark Knight
  • Long Halloween Batman
  • Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table
  • Thrillkiller Batman
  • Earth 2 Batman
  • Classic Tim Drake Robin (available in multiplayer mode only on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC)
  • The other two pieces of DLC include the previous pre-order only Black Mask Challenge Pack ($1.99 on all platforms), featuring a pair of new challenge maps, and Online Supply Drop #1 ($2.99 on all platforms), offering additional multiplayer clothing and weapons.

    If you somehow missed our thoughts on how the caped crusader went in his latest adventure you can find our full review over here.
    Friday, 25 October 2013
    Post by Dan @ 06:02pm 25/10/13 | 34 Comments
    After Rocksteady Studios shipped two critically acclaimed games in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, it took some by surprise when a new entry in the series was announced as being in the works at a different developer, the newly-founded, fellow Warner subsidiary WB Games Montreal.

    Batman: Arkham Origins hits stores worldwide today, and we’re happy to report that while not surpassing the high bar set by its predecessors, the fledgeling Canadian studio has at the very least created a game that can confidently wear the name.
    For all its faults, Arkham Origins lives up to the prestige associated with its name. It’s easy to be negative about it, simply because everything it does well the previous games also pulled off splendidly, but the fact is that if the other Arkham games didn’t exist this would be the best Batman game ever by a mile.
    Read our full Batman: Arkham Origins Review for all of the details.
    Post by Eorl @ 05:26pm 25/10/13 | 0 Comments
    Developer Warner Bros. Montreal has today announced the launch of both Batman: Arkham Origins and side-scroller handheld title Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, both offering up a new take on the story of the Dark Knight in Gotham City.
    Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and 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, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.

    Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a 2.5-D game developed by Armature Studio that brings the Batman Arkham experience for the first time to Nintendo and Sony handheld systems. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past.
    The Bat signal is lit and the hero is ready to suit up, so check out the launch trailer for Arkham Origins and the developer walkthrough for Arkham Origins Blackgate below to see Batman taking the law into his own hands.

    Batman: Arkham Origins is available on PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is available exclusively to PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.



    Thursday, 24 October 2013
    Post by Eorl @ 03:45pm 24/10/13 | 1 Comments
    Batman: Arkham Origins and its side-scroller handheld buddy Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate are only hours away from being launched worldwide, so what better way to celebrate than the release of a launch trailer showing Batman taking the law in his own hands come Christmas Eve.

    With a splash of gameplay and a glimpse at some of the opening missions of the Dark Knight's adventures, it certainly shows you just how much content there will be in this open-world title. Also take note that Batman does not like having his Christmas ruined, which is understandable for any superhero.

    Batman: Arkham Origins launches worldwide tomorrow, October 25th, for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate checks in on the same day but for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Check out the trailer below and also browse some new screenshots of the Bat in Origins Blackgate.



    Tuesday, 22 October 2013
    Post by Eorl @ 12:16pm 22/10/13 | 0 Comments
    While the Bat may not be appearing for another three days, those too eager to wait until October 25th will be happy to find a new developer walkthrough with Senior Producer Ben Mattes and Gameplay Director Michael McIntyre showing off the Batcave and the GCPD in Batman: Arkham Origins.

    With 17 minutes of gameplay at your mercy, the new walkthrough shows off a number of key locations in Gotham City's wintery grounds. It isn't just the buildings of course, with a look at the new UI, combat and changes that the team at WB Games Montréal have to offer for Batman fans.
    The Batman: Arkham Origins Official 17 Minute Gameplay walkthrough video features Senior Producer Ben Mattes and Gameplay Director Michael McIntyre at WB Games Montréal as they guide viewers through the mechanics of the new title, highlighting the game’s deep combat system and engrossing narrative. Over the span of 17 minutes, you’ll see the Dark Knight explore the Batcave, beat down on thugs and infiltrate a corrupt Gotham City Police Department.
    Find the full video below and make sure you keep your eyes peeled to the sky for any sign of the Bat signal.

    Batman: Arkham Origins will be available on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come October 25th.

    Friday, 18 October 2013
    Post by Eorl @ 02:32pm 18/10/13 | 4 Comments
    Batman has had it tough, anyone can agree on that. From having your parents shot in front of you to your back being broken, Bruce Wayne has seen quite a bit of action.

    To help get potential players up-to-speed, Warner Bros. has revealed a new CGI trailer depicting some of the more heartfelt moments of Bruce's life, showing the transformation of a dark childhood to his position as the feared crim-fighting hero.
    Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and 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, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.
    Batman: Arkham Origins will be available come October 25th worldwide for PC, Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will also be launching alongside Origins but for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

    Monday, 14 October 2013
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:46am 14/10/13 | 0 Comments
    Batman: Arkham Origins is just around the release corner, and today Warner Bros has revealed that the game will also be released in touch-form, with NetherRealm developing a version for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, to be launched in the same window as the major Origins release, while an Android version is set to follow in the near future.
    Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the Batman: Arkham Origins mobile game is a free-to-play brawler that delivers the stunning graphics and quality gameplay fans have come to expect from the team who brought to market fan favourite mobile games Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham City Lockdown.

    The Batman: Arkham Origins mobile game pits players, as Batman, against a number of DC Comics’ most deadly assassins as they fight their way through Gotham City’s most dangerous locales. As gamers progress, they can upgrade their character to become the most punishing crime fighter in the world by unlocking a number of unique Batsuits and earning in-game currency and rewards. In addition, those who also own the console versions of the game and are registered for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account will be able to access exclusive content not available elsewhere.
    Batman: Arkham Origins is due to release on October 25 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Stay tuned for our full review closer to that release date, right here on AusGamers.

    Meanwhile, check out the NetherRealm-developed games' launch trailer below.



    Friday, 27 September 2013
    Post by Eorl @ 12:14pm 27/09/13 | 0 Comments
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has today announced the Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Origins, bringing a somewhat skinny pack of five DLCs to the Bat Cave.

    The Season Pass will include a number of various costumes that are sure to get a good workout during your deliverance of justice, but will also offer up the chance to play as Bruce Wayne before he becomes Batman and an entirely new story campaign.
    Players who purchase or pre-order the pass will gain access to the following content:

  • Gotham by Gaslight Batman™ Skin and Brightest Day Batman™ Skin

  • New Millennium Skins Pack

  • Infinite Earths Skins Pack

  • Arkham Origins Initiation: Play as Bruce Wayne before he became Batman™, and face his final test to prove himself worthy to his greatest teacher, Kirigi.

  • An all-new story campaign
  • No details yet on what exactly the new storyline will contain, but its probably safe to say that it will at least have a man in a Batsuit fighting crime. The Season Pass is priced at $19.99 and will be available on launch.

    Batman: Arkham Origins is due for release on PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 come October 25th. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, the handheld version developed by Armature Studio, will be available for PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS on the same day.
    Thursday, 26 September 2013
    Post by Eorl @ 12:15pm 26/09/13 | 0 Comments
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released two new action-packed videos for upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins title, featuring gameplay from the playable Deathstroke challenge pack and the PlayStation 3 exclusive Knightfall pack.

    Included in the Deathstroke challenge pack is the “100-to-1” gameplay mode, where you'll get to play as Deathstroke against 100 evil henchmen. The pack also includes the obvious playable Deathstroke character, two exclusive challenge maps and three unique Deathstroke character skins including the Judas Contract skin.

    For those grabbing Batman: Arkham Origins on PlayStation 3 you'll be able to gain an exclusive Knightfall pack for pre-ordering, which will offer up two quite cool looking Batman skins: Knightfall Batman and Classic TV Series Batman. It isn't just skins that you'll be receiving, with the Knightfall pack also offering three combat maps and two predator.

    The Deathstroke challenge pack will available to those who preorder the game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U or Windows PC before the October 25th launch. The Knightfall pack is exclusive to PlayStation 3 and available as a pre-order bonus.



    Wednesday, 18 September 2013
    Post by Dan @ 11:03pm 18/09/13 | 0 Comments
    AusGamers was recently invited out to Warner Bros. Games Montréal, the Quebecois studio that have picked up the baton for the acclaimed Batman: Arkham series and are set to deliver the forthcoming Batman: Arkham Origins. The franchise's creators at Rocksteady had set the bar incredibly high, with two of the most revered licensed superhero titles of all time, but it's looking more and more like the newcomers have risen to the occassion:
    As with any well-constructed game, my time with Arkham Origins left me wanting a whole lot more. Warner Bros. Games Montréal may be a relatively unknown name in the lead-up to Batman: Arkham Origins, but the reverence with which they’re handling the next iteration of the Arkham series goes a long way to showing that it really gets the Arkhamverse and is poised to make a name for itself with one hell of a Batman game.
    Find out more in our Batman: Arkham Origins hands-on preview.
    Wednesday, 21 August 2013
    Post by Dan @ 10:43am 21/08/13 | 4 Comments
    Fresh out of GamesCom 2013, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has a new trailer for Batman: Akharm Origins. Titled "Nowhere to Run" the latest vid reminds poor Batman that he has eight assassins after him, and offers the first look at the airborne villain Firefly.
    Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and 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, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.
    Batman: Arkham Origins is set to launch on October 25th 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U. A portable version titled Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate will also land on PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS on the same day.

    Thursday, 15 August 2013
    Post by Eorl @ 12:03pm 15/08/13 | 7 Comments
    If you were thinking to yourself that the Batman: Arkham Origins Collector's Edition wasn't "Batman" enough for your collection, well Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have you covered with the announcement of the Definitive Edition (only Australia and NZ will have the option of both, globally).

    Included in this ultimate collector's edition is the very impressive exclusive Arkham Origins premium statue featuring LED effects produced by TriForce. The statue features the infamous Joker seated in front of a number of lit TV screens plastered with the faces of other various criminals. The statue comes in at 9” x 13” x 11.5” and if that isn't enough for you there's also other collector goodies:
  • 80-page, full-color hardcover artbook measuring approx. 7.5” x 10.75” x .5”
  • Two key pieces of evidence taken directly from the Gotham City Police Department crime lab
  • Batman Wanted Poster
  • Batwing Prototype Schematic
  • Anarky logo stencil
  • Glow-In-The-Dark map of Gotham City
  • Wayne Family Photo
  • Assassin’s Intel Dossier, which includes files on the 8 assassins as well as Black Mask’s contract
  • 1st Appearance Batman Skin: Look just like Batman did during his first appearance in Detective Comics #27, released in 1939.
  • Deathstroke Challenge Pack – Unlock the ability to play as one of the world's deadliest assassins! Usable throughout all the Arkham Origins Challenge maps. Also includes two bonus challenge maps and two bonus Deathstroke Skins.
  • If this sounds like your kind of deal, then head over to EB Games to pre-order the $139.00 bundle before stocks run out.

    Thursday, 8 August 2013
    Post by Eorl @ 10:50am 08/08/13 | 4 Comments
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment has today unveiled new details on the Collector's Edition for Batman: Arkham Origins that will be gracing brick 'n' mortar stores from 25th October for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

    The new Collector's Edition will feature not just the usual art book and high-quality game case, but also a highly detailed premium statue featuring Batman and The Joker and measuring at 30cm tall. The edition will also include two DLC packs, the 1st Appearance Batman Skin and the Deathstroke Challenge Pack DLC which contains two bonus challenge maps and two bonus Deathstroke Skins usable throughout all the Arkham Origins Challenge maps.

    Purchasers of the Collector's Edition will also find an Assassin’s Intel Dossier, which includes files on the eight assassins, as well as Black Mask’s contract. PlayStation 3 owners will also be treated to an exclusive Knightfall pack alongside the other two DLC packs, presumably featuring more skins to choose from.

    The Collector's Edition will retail for $119.95 at your usual stores, with limited quantities available so get in quick.

    Thursday, 1 August 2013
    Post by Dan @ 08:41am 01/08/13 | 9 Comments
    Another one of the few stand-out singleplayer franchises of recent years is venturing into the multiplayer world, with Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment having announced a competitive mode for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins.
    3 vs. 3 vs. 2. An epic online showdown where every match is different. Think you can take down criminals on your own? Show them what you've got as Batman or Robin.

    Want to rule the Gotham gangland and take out the Boy Wonder or Dark Knight along the way? Defend your turf and fight as elite members of The Joker or Bane gang. Don't worry, when things get dire for your gang squad, players can call in the ultimate reinforcement by summoning - and playing as -The Joker or Bane.
    While the solo campaign is in production at Warner Bros Games Montreal, the multiplayer component is reportedly being handled by Splash Damage, the UK studio behind Enemy Territory, and Brink.

    Interestingly, multiplayer has only been announced for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, with Eurogamer having discovered that the Wii U version of the game will be missing out:
    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.

    "MP will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC," a Warner Bros. spokesperson told Eurogamer. "The team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest MP audience."
    Poor Wii U can't catch a break.

    Check out the multiplayer trailer below. Arkham Origins is due on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U on October 25th 2013.

    Friday, 14 June 2013
    Post by Dan @ 03:57pm 14/06/13 | 8 Comments
    At E3 2013, AusGamers took a look at Warner Bros' latest Batman game, and the first in the Arkham series not developed by Rocksteady Games, batman Arkham Origins, then caught up with the game's Creative Director, Eric Holmes of Warer Bros Games Montreal to find out more about the new studio's approach.

    In the 10 minute Q&A, we touch on the pressures and expectations of taking over the reins from Rocksteady, the scope and variety of the wider new city environment, the younger less accomplished Batman, and his relationship with Alfred, and the reasoning behind the change in voice actors.

    Watch the video interview, or read our full transcription here on AusGamers.

    Batman: Arkham Origins is due on PC, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PlayStation 3 on October 25th 2013.
    Tuesday, 21 May 2013
    Post by Dan @ 09:21am 21/05/13 | 13 Comments
    Making good on the earlier teaser clip, Warner Bros Interactive has now released the full official trailer for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins, showing the dark knight getting rough and ready with a pair of familiar foes from Gotham's rogues gallery.
    Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City's most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and 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.
    Watch the video below, and click through the thumbs for some new screenshots.

    Batman: Arkham Origins is due on October 25th 2013, on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U.