Batman: Arkham Origins doesn't need multiplayer, but Splash damage has decided to make it anyway. Introducing the 2v3v3 multiplayer mode of Origins, where Batman and Robin face off against opposing gangs -- Joker and Bane's gangs, to be specific. Basically, the gangs compete to control points on the map which will diminish the other team's ability to respawn. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin just focus on kicking everyone's butt.
To do so, Batman and Robin will equip an asymmetrical armory of gadgets and skills. Ultimately, they'll play very similarly to the Batman in the single player game, just, you know, against adversaries that should actually pose a challenge. Gangs will also have a toolkit of skills to throw against each other and the Bats. They can even summon their gang leader to fight in the battle during each match. Yes, Batman vs. Bane vs. Joker fights confirmed.
Then there's the assortment of skins that players can use for both Batman and Robin, as well as an extensive customization system for the Bane and Joker gangs. There will probably be. There will undoubtedly be a number of unlocks and levels and all that jazz too.
At this point the question becomes, why? Why tack on a multiplayer mode to what's been prized as such a grand single player experience? Splash Damage Creative Director Alastair Cornish responds:
"We were all very passionate about the fact that this shouldn't be a "me too" mode or a tacked-on mode. It had to be distinct, it had to be uniquely Arkham, and it had to feel like a natural growth of the single player experience.
I almost think of it as like the challenge rooms: if you liked some aspect, you can come on and extend your experience, and multiplayer - particularly one based on the invisible predator experience - feels like that natural extension. It feels like, "Ok, I want to challenge myself against the best AI in the world - other players - who are unpredictable as all hell and can work together and use their ingenuity."
Contrary to that point, however, is the fact that Splash Damage will not be releasing the multiplayer mode on Wii U. Basically, they're stating that multiplayer is an important part of the experience, but not if you don't meat their sales standards. Then it's not really worth the investment.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be launching on October 25 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U. Now with multiplayer.
Multiplayer trailer - YouTube