Get ready to head back to the asylum....way back, in fact.
The wildly popular "Arkham" series of Batman games will continue this year with a prequel installment titled Batman: Arkham Origins. Set prior to the events of both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, the game will focus on Batman's first interactions with many of Gotham's most notorious villains. However, skepticism may be warranted. Rocksteady, the developer that made the first two games such successes will not be handling this outing into Gotham's seedy underbelly. Development has been taken over by Warner Bros. Games Montreal, but hopefully, they will deliver a worthy entry into the "Arkham" series.
According to WB Games Montreal, the plot of the game will involve eight of the best assassins in the world, hired by Gotham villain Black Mask, arriving in Gotham City on Christmas Eve night to kill Batman. These assassins will also be joined by the corrupt cops of Gotham who also seek Black Mask's reward for the Bat's head. Other details include an open world environment like Arkham City that includes two separate areas, "Old Gotham" and "New Gotham", providing a stark contrast between fancy skyscrapers and the familiar slums of what will become the Arkham City open asylum.
Arriving alongside Arkham Origins will be the handheld game Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, which will launch for the 3DS and PS Vita. Taking place after the events of Arkham Origins, Blackgate will follow Batman's attempt to quell a riot at, you guessed it, Blackgate Prison. Unlike the third-person perspective of the previous games, Blackgate will be a side-scroller that features some of the same weapons and gadgets but will not rely on the previously established XP system.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25, 2013.