It has now been confirmed by Game Informer magazine that a third film in the Batman “Arkham” video game series is on the way. Entitled “Batman: Arkham Origins,” the story is being dubbed a prequel and is currently targeting an October release this year.
Taking place before “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City,” the story is set on a Christmas Eve when some of the best assassins in the world (including the pictured Deathstroke) have come to Gotham City for one night and with one mission – Kill the Bat.
The story will use an open-world Gotham City environment like we saw in “Arkham City,” and retain Rocksteady’s custom modified Unreal engine from the previous games.
One key difference however is that British developer Rocksteady Studios, who produced the first two games, are NOT developing this. Instead, they have handed over the reigns to Warner Bros. Games Montreal.
The project’s creative director is Eric Holmes, who worked on the first “Prototype” game in 2009 and “Gears of War 3” in 2011.
The game will be available on Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25th, no word on a PS4 release. The first handheld entry in the franchise, “Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate”, will launch for the 3DS and PS Vita on the same date.
While they’re not involved with this title, Rocksteady is rumored to be at work on a 1950s Silver Age style even earlier prequel which will reportedly detail Batman’s first encounter with the Joker.
Source: Game Informer