With Arkham Origins, and its handheld counterpart, Arkham Origins Blackgate, set to release tomorrow, Warner Bros. Interactive has released a new pair of gameplay videos, with developer commentary to boot.
When it comes to superhero video games, the Batman Arkham series clearly leads the pack, with Arkham Asylum and Arkham City being regarded as some of the best games of this generation. With the next-gen consoles arriving next month, Warner Bros. is going for one last push with the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, two new titles that both take place before their predecessors, with two relatively new development teams at the helm.
Hitting stores tomorrow on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U, Batman: Arkham Origins follows the titular protagonist over the course of one fateful night during his earlier crime-fighting years. The Black Mask has placed a $50 million bounty on his head, and eight of the world’s greatest assassins are hunting down Batman throughout Gotham City. To whet your appetite before the big launch tomorrow, you can check out a lengthy gameplay commentary above, where Senior Producer, Ben Mattes, and Gameplay Director, Michael McIntyre, walk you through the Batcave and the Gotham City Police Department.
On the handheld front, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a 3DS and Vita title that takes place 3 months after its console counterpart. After a mysterious explosion at Blackgate Prison, The Penguin, Joker, and Black Mask have led their own separate revolts and have taken over their own sections of the prison. Unlike Arkham Origins, Blackgate is a 2.5D side-scroller, that features Metroidvania elements, which means that Batman will have to explore different sections of the prison in order to find gadgets and tools to aid him in exploration. The game is being developed by Armature Studios, a Texas-based developer formed by ex-members of Retro Studios, all of whom were key members of the popular Metroid Prime series. Mark Pacini, the game’s director, narrates a brand new gameplay commentary, which you can watch above.
Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate are set to launch worldwide on October 25th.