First BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS Gameplay Screenshots - First Look At Joker

We've already seen the first full trailer for WB Games Montréal's Batman: Arkham Origins and those cinematic vfx cut-scenes were impressive but now we get a glimpse of actual gameplay...along with our first look at Joker.

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By Mark Julian - 5/20/2013

First look at Batman: Arkham Origin's Joker (and Anarky as well)









Via the L.A. Times, in addition to the Joker, we also have our first look at classic DC Comics villain Anarky, who is making his Arkhamverse video game debut in 'Origins'. Reportedly, Anarky will be a side-mission type boss similar to how The Riddler and Zsasz were used in Batman: Arkham City.

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GAME INFO:
-Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel story set during Batman's Second Year of crime-fighting. The story takes place on the night of Christmas Eve.

-Game developers have said that Batman is experienced but he's not the veteran crime-fighter from the first two games in the Batman: Arkham series. With the story taking place early in his career the Gotham City Police Department aren't quite sure what to make of Batman. And up till Christmas Eve, the Caped Crusader has only faced normal thugs and criminals. That all changes when Deathsroke the Terminator comes to town leading a band of mercenaries that have all been hired to kill the Batman.

-The game will include a fast travel system where Batman can summon his plane, the Batwing, to transport him to other areas of the game world quicker than gliding or grappling can allow.

-RockSteady makers of the first two video games in the Batman: Arkham series did not return for the prequel. WB Games Montréal took over developer duties but used the same modified gaming engine that their predecessor used.

- Paul Dini of Batman: The Animated Series fame also did not return as writer. The story is written by Dooma Wendschuch and Corey May who had input from Geoff Johns.

-Joker will be voiced by Troy Baker, not Mark Hamill. Batman will be voiced by Roger Craig Smith, not Kevin Conroy.

-There are unconfirmed rumors of multiplayer at this time.

- The soundtrack for the game was inspired by the 1988 action film Die Hard which also had a Christmas theme.

- Pre-order DLC will allow gamers to play as Deathstroke.

-Batman: Arkham Origins will be released October 25, 2013.





"Developed by WB Games Montréal, 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."
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buchner444 - 5/20/2013, 7:53 AM
Awesome!!!
HavocPrime - 5/20/2013, 7:57 AM
Damn, was hoping for side missions involving the Red Hood through the actual story, and with those ending with a chase through Ace Chemicals.
MrMartinMarvel - 5/20/2013, 8:01 AM
I hope you only end up creating Joker in a secret side mission you get after the main campaign, where you have to stop a break in at the ACE Chemical building and end up knocking the Red Hood in acid.
Odin - 5/20/2013, 8:04 AM
He looked better in previous games.
Ocelot - 5/20/2013, 8:04 AM
missed opportunity to make him the red hood and show his origin, kinda negates his really done well death in the previous game.
Jolt17 - 5/20/2013, 8:06 AM
Wow! Looks awesome. And the fifth screenshot looks like it's got a new feature, which looks cool as well. Can't wait for this.
ArtisticErotic - 5/20/2013, 8:07 AM
Meh. Bring on Lady Shiva and David Cain.
mattboesch8907 - 5/20/2013, 8:08 AM
i thought Conroy just confirmed he was going to voice Bats?
LMFA0 - 5/20/2013, 8:09 AM
Y'all are ridiculous. This is one screen shot, less than one second, of the game and you already assume you won't fight red hood, create joker, and then him show up later in the game? Lol y'all are pathetic sometimes
BANEofExistence - 5/20/2013, 8:17 AM
Joker looks GREAT! I was curious if the Riddler was going to return or if Anarky would be his "Replacement" in Origins... Seems I have my answer. Riddler probably doesnt even exist yet in this timeline... He is merely Edward Nygma. Im REALLY curious to see how Bane will look!
TheRationalNerd - 5/20/2013, 8:17 AM
@MrMartinMarvel

That's an awesome idea! Really hope that's true! lol
TheRationalNerd - 5/20/2013, 8:19 AM
Guys even though Kevin Conroy is returning to voice Batman doesn't mean that he'll be voicing a younger Batman. Perhaps there will be a reference to years later of Batmsn's career or perhaps they might just show us a sneak peek of what's happening after Atkham City? :)
AC1 - 5/20/2013, 8:24 AM
Not too keen on Joker being in this - the fact they've released a publicity image suggests he will be someone you encounter a few times at least during the game, and quite a significant villain. Was hoping for less of a focus on him, and considering the fact that there will be something like 8 hired assassins in the game, I was hoping he would be one as The Red Hood, and that towards the end we'd see him become The Joker in a cut-scene, but not actually fight The Joker or even see him in-game.

It's a minor gripe though, and the new trailer looks incredible, so I'll definitely be picking this up.
SymbioteJoker - 5/20/2013, 8:25 AM
Hey Anarky! Where ya been lately? Miss the opera mask but good to see you in a game.
mawilli4 - 5/20/2013, 8:25 AM
Hmm that may be the Joker from Ace Chemicals.. He's not wearing his usual purple suit, it looks darker much like Red Hood's. and it looks like he's in some sort of warehouse or factory.
dnno1 - 5/20/2013, 8:25 AM
ManCalledSting - 5/20/2013, 8:33 AM
John DiMaggio would be a better choice for Joker.
dnno1 - 5/20/2013, 8:44 AM
@Mark Julian, Kevin Conroy announced that he has been working on the Batman: Arkaham Origins project for the past 9 to 10 months. I don't think it is correct that he is not voicing Batman.
superotherside - 5/20/2013, 8:47 AM
Love Joker's classic look. That one picture looks interesting as it seems he can use things in the environment to attack people. Hope they make it something like Sleeping Dogs.
sintzu - 5/20/2013, 8:50 AM
@SupermanFan

(WTF Batman will be voiced by Roger Craig Smith, not Kevin Conroy. I Thought he confirmed he was doing it WTF)

he said he has been working on the new arkham game and he couldn't talk about it till they annonced it but he obviously doesn't know about origins and thinks the game everyone is talking about is the sequle wich hasen't been annonced

so yes arkham 3 has been confirmed by conroy
Ocelot - 5/20/2013, 8:55 AM
@ACira

pretty much agree with what you said, bringing him back also negated the very good sendoff he got in Arkham origins, would have preffered him as Red Hood in this game, acting totally different to his joker counterpart, until he falls into a vat of chemicals.



ISeeStupidPeople - 5/20/2013, 9:04 AM
No Kevin Conroy? No interest.

No Mark Hamill for Joker? Even less interest.
dkhager - 5/20/2013, 9:04 AM
im so excited..and i just cant hide it..im about to lose control and i think i like it..i like it..lol...take my money now...I AM COUNTIN DOWN THE DAYS..lol
RoastedRay - 5/20/2013, 9:09 AM
Red Hood story or GTFO
rbfn04 - 5/20/2013, 9:09 AM
Not really fond of the fast travel system. Unless the map is bigger. Is it? is it? Is it?
sintzu - 5/20/2013, 9:11 AM
@dnno1

he said the new arkham not arkham origins wich means he's talking about rocksteady's unannounced arkham city sequel
sintzu - 5/20/2013, 9:13 AM
@rbfn04

tha map is more than double the size of arkham city's map
JohnLamb - 5/20/2013, 9:13 AM
All those picture looks [frick]ing good! I just can't understand that his suit looks more high tech than the previous games. In AA and AC he still wore the briefs!
darkjoker1 - 5/20/2013, 9:13 AM
:D yes i so want this game :D looks awesome :D
GoILL - 5/20/2013, 9:16 AM
Glad to see some in-game screenshots instead of concept art.
Irons - 5/20/2013, 9:22 AM
Kevin Conroy ‏@realkevinconroy

Confusion in Dallas! I am in new ARKHAM GAME coming soon, NOT ARKHAM ORIGINS coming this fall.
fawfulmark2 - 5/20/2013, 9:44 AM
I agree they should have used DiMaggio for Joker as well.

and is Anarky still his son in the Arkhamverse?
ThatOneDude - 5/20/2013, 9:46 AM
Joker's clothes do resemble the ones he wore as Red Hood.

At least they look that way.
MisterMagurlypse - 5/20/2013, 10:12 AM
I'm looking forward to having Joker in this game, I mean if it's a younger Bats then it's a younger Joker too. It's his classic look, he's not the expert he is now and some side missions would be a great add in.
ELBarto3 - 5/20/2013, 10:19 AM
Kevin Conroy twitted that he's working on ANOTHER Arkham title NOT Origins.....his tweet was removed.

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11/118352/3057063-conroy.png
Ocelot - 5/20/2013, 10:27 AM
@ELBarto3

I'm expecting the Arkham city sequel next year on next gen consoles, new engine, new gameplay, new everything
Bigred20 - 5/20/2013, 11:09 AM
im still a bit skeptical about black mask
it looks like his mask is more of a helmet in this game
than in the comics where he built it out of his fathers coffin
and screw the fast travel shit for this game i wanna explore
farcry 3 fast travel is one thing because it can literally take you up to 30 minutes to go from one place to the other
jlabatman - 5/20/2013, 11:14 AM
This game looks awesome!
thebearjew - 5/20/2013, 11:21 AM
I hope joker doesnt talk or laugh in this
Without mark hamill he dont sound right

But m super excited for this game
I hope one of these days rocksteady makes a GOOD superman film
now THAT would be a tremendous challenge
poop23 - 5/20/2013, 12:27 PM
The arkham games so far has done one of the best adaptations of batman. I have full faith this game will be great
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