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

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.

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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-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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