Will Arkham Origins Add to Winter Batman Frenzy?
Warner Bros. (NYSE:TWX) Interactive Entertainment’s Batman: Arkham Origins was released on Friday and the video game is widely expected to be one of the biggest hits of the upcoming holiday season. But according to various video game publications on the Internet, the newest entry in the Batman video game franchise may not pack nearly the punch of previous entries.
Batman: Arkham Origins is the third video game in the Batman: Arkham series, with previous entries Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman:Arkham Asylum arriving in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Both of the previous games have been both critical and commercial hits for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. 2011′s Batman: Arkham City sold an impressive 4.6 million units worldwide in one week, more than double the number of units sold of the previous entry during its first week, en route to being one of top-selling titles of 2011.
Arkham Origins exists as a prequel to the other two games in the series, taking place five years before the events of 2009′s Arkham Asylum. Featuring a younger Batman who has only donned the mask and cape for about two years, he is met with his greatest challenge yet as a crime fighter when the crime lord Black Mask puts out a huge bounty on him, drawing eight of the world’s greatest assassins to Gotham City on Christmas Eve, including: Bane, Deadshot, Deathstroke, and Killer Croc. The game also features Batman staples James Gordon, the Joker, the Penguin, the Mad Hatter, and Alberto Falcone.