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Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U, etc.), Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS, Vita) announced
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April 09, 2013, 17:31:51
 
Tons of Batman news today! The latest issue of Game Informer has the exclusive scoop on both Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U , PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS, Vita).


The former is being developed by WB Games Montreal, who has been given full usage of the modified Unreal 3 engine that Rocksteady created. Hopefully they do good things with it. Whatever the case, as down as some might have been about the Arkham City port, I have to wonder if that game has led to this game being on the Wii U? Difficult to say for sure. The game will be releasing on October 25, 2013, so put that one on your calendar.

The latter is being developed by Armature Studios, who you may remember as the team created by several Retro Studios employees when they broke away. It is going to be a 2.5-D Metroid-style exploration action game. Retro Studios making a 2.5D Metroid-style game? I'm sold.

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Posted: 04/09/13, 17:31:51  - Edited by 
 on: 04/09/13, 18:00:34    
 
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So Armature is finally actually doing something? Exciting.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 17:41:04
A Western 3DS game? What the hell.

Pleased to hear about the Wii U version. Arkham City was a good port. All the better for a live map too.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 17:42:34
Glad to see a Batman game coming to handhelds, but a 2.5-D side-story in an established universe with an established look and feel doesn't seem like a fitting job for Armature. They should prototyping and building new IPs (or re-inventing old ones) from the ground up.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 17:53:12  - Edited by 
 on: 04/09/13, 17:53:30
I love me some Batman, but no Rocksteady is kind of unsettling. Also, prequel...Joker...please don't. He's an awesome villain, but I'm ready for something else in this series.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 17:55:49
@missypissy I saw some blog post somewhere recently about video game prequels and how they almost always disappoint. My gut reaction was "no way!" but when I stopped and thought about it, I was like oh... yeah that is kind of true.

Still, there are some great ones. Metal Gear Solid 3, for instance.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 18:02:40
@deathly_hallows

Hey, you gotta start somewhere. This is a step up from their last project, an HD port for Vita.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 18:11:54
@Jargon
That's true, but it seems like they've been screwed over royally by both EA and Capcom not having their shit together. I'm sure doing ports wasn't the plan when they formed their own studio. I'm just dying to see what they could do if they were allowed to stretch their wings. If they did a kickstarter for their own IP I'd definitely back them.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 18:25:22
Glad to hear it is getting a Wii U version. Day 1 buy. I'll wait and see on the portable spinoff.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 18:28:53
Infinitywave said:

Pleased to hear about the Wii U version. Arkham City was a good port. All the better for a live map too.

Say what? The game chugged along at like 12 FPS.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 18:40:52
If you haven't played it, don't comment on it. :)

(clearly you haven't played it)


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 18:50:08
whether the frame rate chugged or it didn't chugg, a second turn around on the Wii U theres little excuses to NOT fix that anyways


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 19:03:37
From everything we've heard since launch, Nintendo did not make it easy on developers to optimize their games. Lack of documentation, late devkits.

Most Wanted U and Deus Ex: HR give a better idea of how things should be. Even so, most of the launch line-up still held its own against the PS3/360 versions.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 19:08:37
Yeah launch games always have issues, I'm sure the Wii U version of this game will be great, especially if they do good job with the tablet stuff again.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 19:17:59


deathly_hallows said:
Glad to see a Batman game coming to handhelds, but a 2.5-D side-story in an established universe with an established look and feel doesn't seem like a fitting job for Armature. They should prototyping and building new IPs (or re-inventing old ones) from the ground up.

They actually were doing that. They were working with Capcom, creating a new Mega Man X FPS game. This was a thing that was going to happen, until Capcom canned it.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 19:34:03
@GameDadGrant
Yeah I know, read the article on Polygon this morning and I've been semi-suicidal ever since.

But anyway, glad Armature is making this, I hope they get the budget and schedule and support they need to really hit it out of the park.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 19:53:17
@Xbob42

OH, STUFF A SOCK IN IT.


I saw NOTHING wrong with Arkham City (except for that ONE TIME when it glitched out; pic on Miiverse) in way of "chugging" or "slowdown." I don't know who these people are that see this (besides you), but in all of my playing, I never experienced it once.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 20:15:10
Fantastic. I am looking forward to both of these games. On the note of the Wii U port, the demo I played at PAX made it seem terrible. Everything was worse. The framerate, textures, and the gimmicky stuff they added in like holding the tablet up. A friend of mine who had also played both versions agreed on this. It might have been optimized since then (this was late August, the port came out November) but it was a significant step down at the time.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 20:24:11
@Stephen

Again, I noticed nothing of the sort. And I loved the game. Did a review here, remember?

Is the 360 version like 120 frames a second or something??


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 20:28:18
@Mr_Mustache

No it's 30 but it is very smooth. The Wii U version I played was 30 as well but there were noticeable hiccups. Again though, they might have been ironed out.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 20:37:59
Great news for both consoles. Wii U gets a good multiplatform game, but even better, Nintendo also get the first game to come out of Armature. It wouldn't have been right if they made a game that didn't come to a Nintendo console.


Posted by 
 on: 04/09/13, 21:04:02
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