[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6763:]]Yesterday saw the big announcement about Batman Arkham Origins, the next video game in the hugely successful franchise.
However, Batman Arkham Origins will not be be designed by the creator of the first two popular video games, Rocksteady, but by WB's Montreal video games division.
Previously, WB stated that they didn't want to step on the toes of Rocksteady, and Batman Arkham Origins enabled them not to that as it's a prequel to "City" and "Asylum," with Rocksteady possibly able to take the story forward with subsequent games set after "Asylum."
Now a rep for Rocksteady has commented as well as says there is no bad blood between the two.
"Rocksteady is excited to see WB Games Montreal developing the prequel to the Batman Arkham franchise," Sefton Hill, director of the first two "Arkham" games, told Game Informer (via CVG). "We are confident this talented team will craft a fantastic experience, bringing the origins of the Arkhamverse to life."
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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