Two new Batman: Arkham games were announced today, the first of which, Batman: Arkham Origins which will release for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC, will be a prequel set well before the last two entries in the franchise, whilst sticking to the formula that a lot of people know and love. The second game announced, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, which will be a 2.5D title that will release for the PS Vita and 3DS.

Arkham Origins will take us through the early days of the Dark Knight, showing us what crafted the character we have been playing as for the past two games. It will also be the first Arkham game that actually takes place in Gotham City, which will be a stark contrast from the previous titles as the city is still relatively functional unlike Arkham City which was entirely overrun by criminals.

“Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the first two critically acclaimed games of the franchise. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.” – Warner Bros. Interactive PR

As for Arkham City Blackgate, not much details have been given out at all. Currently all that we know about the handheld counterpart is that it won’t feature the same type of gameplay due to being a 2.5D title. But that it will follow on the same story of the console/PC counterpart and reveal more details of about Batman’s past.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a 2.5-D game developed by Armature Studio that brings the Batman Arkham experience for the first time to Nintendo and Sony handheld systems. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past – Warner Bros. Interactive PR

Both titles will be releasing worldwide on October 25th.

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