August 1, 2013
Batman: Arkham Origins gains Multiplayer courtesy of Splash Damage
The Arkham series is finally dipping into multiplayer this fall. Splash Damage, the people behind Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and Brink, will be producing the multiplayer component to Batman: Arkham Origins. The new online mode will feature 3 vs. 3 vs. 2 gameplay. The teams of three will be comprised of thugs and either the Joker or Bane as they fight for control of Gotham. The team of 2 will comprise of Batman and Robin, which Robin to be exact is still a mystery. In Arkham City we saw Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Robin (Tim Drake), as this is a prequel, it maybe safe to say that it is Grayson (but that is just my speculation). If you are the dynamic duo, you will play Origins multiplayer through the series predator mode, taking out the villains in all sorts of stealth like ways. If you play one of the warring gangs, it will play like a third person action title, complete with guns and gadgets. It looks interesting. I know a lot of people, myself included, will state that the previous entries did not require a multiplayer component and succeeded just fine; but then I take a look back at Mass Effect 3. ME3 was another “why do we need multiplayer in what has primarily been a single player” affair and after dozens of hours, my tone changed dramatically. I am willing to give this a shot. I think given the right community, this could a a lot of fun, just how Mass Effect 3 was. The only last real concern I have is developer. Just like the main game, this multiplayer is not being done by Arkham vets, Rocksteady. Splash Damage has had ups and downs and most recently a very huge down with Brink. Brink was a promising shooter blurring the lines between single player and multiplayer, though upon release was riddled with issues and fell flat on its potential. Below is the official trailer for the multiplayer side of Batman: Arkham Origins which will be available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Weird that the game is also coming to the Wii U, but there is multiplayer component for that platform. Batman: Arkham Origins is out October 25th, 2013.