The year just wouldn’t feel complete without another gritty Batman game. Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were such big hits, it would be crazy not to follow up with another game. We will get another game in the franchise entitled Batman: Arkham Origins, but it won’t be developed by Rocksteady Studios. According to a Game Informer reveal, Warner Bros. Games Montreal has taken over development duties for this game. We can expect Batman: Arkham Origins on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC on October 25, 2013.
Arkham Origins doesn’t move the franchise’s story along. Instead, we’re going to be taken back to before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. We’re going to be playing as Batman when he was still relatively new to crime fighting as the Dark Knight. It’s possible we’ll encounter some familiar faces, but it’s confirmed Deathstroke will make an appearance this time around. Fans of the first two games wouldn’t be against seeing The Joker one more time, but chances are he won’t be voiced by Mark Hamill if he does make his way into Arkham Origins.
The second Batman game that’s also coming out on October 25 is called Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. This game will be released for the Vita and 3DS. It’s essentially a sequel to Arkham Origins, but uses a 2.5-D playing field. Arkham Origins Blackgate is being developed by Armature Studio.
Source [Game Informer]