Warner Brothers’ Batman: Arkham series has done for superhero video games what Christopher Nolan did for superhero movies, elevating the art form and raising the bar for all competitors. So there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the newest installment, Arkham Origins, to be released October 25th.
The new TV spot for the game, created by Blur Studios in collaboration with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics, shows a sequence of a young Bruce Wayne transforming from a troubled youth to his emergence as Batman. If this spot is any indication, the new game will place even more emphasis on cinematic sequences and the story than previous installments. This makes sense as the game features an original prequel storyline that, according to the press release, “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.” It makes sense that storytelling would be more important to an origin game, and Arkham Origins seems poised to deliver. Players can also expect an expanded Arkham City in the title. The spot, directed by Tim Miller, does an excellent job of whetting viewers’ appetites; clueing them in to the emotional tone of the title and the emphasis on story, without giving away any important information. Fans of the previous Arkham games, and Batman fans in general, should be excited for this one.
The Batman: Arkham Origins spot airs on broadcast TV beginning October 19th. Batman: Arkham Origins will be released on October 25th and available for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC, with a handheld version developed by Armature Studios available for Playstation Vita and Nintendo 3DS. The Batman: Arkham Origins free-to-play mobile game is available now at the Apple App Store.