Batman: Arkham Origins will Retain Most of Year One’s Canon, Except for the Ending

on September 30, 2013 12:16 PM

One detail that we have known for sure about Batman: Arkham Origins is that the game will be set in the second year of Batman’s war on crime. This has lead fans of the character and the source material to question the game’s developers as to how much of Batman’s first year will figure into the game, and how much of the famed Batman: Year One – written by Frank Miller and published in 1987 – has influenced the title.

Eric Holes, Creative Director of Batman: Arkham Origins, confirmed to a fan via Twitter that the developers, “tried to be consistent where possible,” when putting together the story and world of AO. He followed up by citing the famous rooftop scene from Year One (which was adapted for 2005’s Batman Begins) in which Gordon discusses the first appearance of the Joker with Batman, as being not part of Arkham Origins‘ continuity. Interesting; this may lend credence to the assumption that Arkham Origins will feature the very first confrontation between the Joker and Batman.

Batman: Arkham Origins is being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal and will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC on October 25th, 2013. A Vita/3DS version of the game, Batman: Arkham Origins – Blackgate, is also in development by Armature Studio and will be released on the same day.

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David has been a gamer since childhood and enjoys games that are able to deliver fun and intricate gameplay alongside compelling and emotional narratives. He's also a huge fan of film, television, comic books, and literature. David has his B.A. in English Language Arts from CUNY John Jay College.
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