Batman: Arkham Origins to Include Multiplayer
Not only is Batman: Arkham Origins changing studios but it’s also going to change-up its offerings. Sources tell Kotaku that WB Montreal’s upcoming Arkham Origins will include a multiplayer mode in addition to the single player mode that was the only offering in the two previous Arkham games.
Here’s the details from Kotaku:
As for the details, according to our tipster: during at least one section of multiplayer, you play as a member of Joker or Bane’s gang while trying to take down Batman and Robin. The villains involved—who may be playable and customizable—include Killer Croc, Deadshot, Firefly, Black Mask, Deathstroke, and “some kind of Electroman character,” our tipster said.
Kotaku’s main source on this story previously said that the game would be called “Batman Origins” and the cover would have a Christmas theme. The Game Informer article on the game confirmed those to pieces of information so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kotaku’s source had the inside track on this one.
I’ve never been a big multiplayer guy. I’ll usually only play it for a couple of hours at the absolute most unless it’s very fun. As such, I’m not going to comment on what I want from a Batman multiplayer. I do like that we aren’t all playing Batman or a hero online. I am comfortable making that statement.
I do get the feeling that this will end up being some sort of co-op horde-type mode rather than a competitive multiplayer. The classic Arkham combat is so predisposed to countering enemy attacks that I don’t think a competitive hand-to-hand would work without an overhaul of melee for MP. I’d expect that it would be changed slightly to create a higher skill ceiling. What WB Montreal could do, I don’t know off the top of my head. I also hope we get to play as customizable henchmen rather than customizable Batman villains like the Killer Croc, Deathstrokes and other villains mentioned by Kotaku’s source.
Batman: Arkham Origins is scheduled for release on October 25, 2013, for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.