Introducing Batman: Arkham Origins, announced via another Game Informer cover reveal. This Batman is not like the others, however, as it's being developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal and not Rocksteady Games. WB Montreal is behind the "Armored Edition" port of Arkham City to the Wii U and also LEGO Legends of Chima Online. That's not the only surprise, as Batman: Arkham Origins will remain current gen, to be released on October 25 for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Wii U.
Despite the title, Batman: Arkham Origins isn't exactly what you may think it is. Here's a brief quote from Game Informer's first trailer for the game, introducing some of the designers and their grand design:
"We're not telling the story of Batman's begnning. We're not telling the story of the beginning of Arkham Asylum."
"But this story is the first time Batman meets certain characters that are very important to him and defines their relationships."
... so what is Batman: Arkham Origins? According to the first details, Origins will feature Batman battling on the streets of Gotham proper -- not cordoned off theme park city like the last time. He's being hunted down by eight master assassins, including Deathstroke -- who was revealed on the magazine cover. Who are the other assassins, or other characters Batman will be "defining" his relationships with? Time will tell.
Also announced was a handheld spinoff title named Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for the 3DS and Vita. Blackgate will be a 2.5D Metroidvania style action game from Armature Studio. While Armature doesn't have any huge projects of their own to tout, they were founded by several of the big names behind the original Metroid Prime series from Retro.
The question that lingers in my mind is what Rocksteady Games is up to if they aren't the ones working on Arkham Origins -- we have to assume they've moved on to something next-gen, right? Yet in Game Informer's interview trailer it's clearly stated that Warner Bros. Games Montreal has taken over the Arkham franchise.