Rocksteady Endorses Batman: Arkham Origins Team
Rocksteady Studios has voiced its support for Warner Bros. Games Montreal, the studio tasked with creating the next game in the Arkham franchise.
When Batman: Arkham Origins was announced yesterday, one of the things that perturbed many gamers was the fact that Rocksteady Studios, the team responsible for previous games Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, wouldn’t be returning to the project.
Sefton Hill, director of the first two games, has told Game Informer (via CVG) that he’s confident passing the torch was the right move, and fans won’t be disappointed.
“Rocksteady is excited to see WB Games Montreal developing the prequel to the Batman Arkham franchise,” he said. “We are confident this talented team will craft a fantastic experience, bringing the origins of the Arkhamverse to life.”
The man who’s stepped into Hill’s shoes for Origins, Eric Holmes, also added that a game set earlier in Batman’s crimefighting escapades allows the studio greater freedom to revitalise familiar characters and gameplay tropes.
“It gives us the opportunity to refresh things a bit. Refresh characters, refresh ideas, refresh the dynamic between Batman and other characters, and refresh the world, too,” he said. “Batman hasn’t become the character that we know and are very familiar with.”
It was announced yesterday that Batman: Arkham Origins is being developed for Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Wii U with a targeted release date of October 25. On the same day a companion game, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, will be released on 3DS and Vita.
If you want to know more about the latest Batman game, be sure to check out our analysis of the Game Informer article in which fast travel, plot details, gameplay details and much more have been revealed.
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