The upcoming handheld companion to Batman: Arkham Origins has a very different art and play style than the ‘home version’ to go along with its unique storyline. It’s also got a little Solomon Grundy. Actually, make that a ‘big’ Solomon Grundy.
Developed by Armature Studio, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate brings the core Arkham pillars to a handheld format for the first time to Sony and Nintendo handheld systems. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batman’s infamous gadgets, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate captures the genuine Arkham feel players have come to appreciate. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past. After gang-fueled uprisings occur within the walls of Blackgate Prison, Batman is called in to restore order and put an end to the rebellion before the chaos implodes. With gripping 2.5-D graphics, fully voiced narrative, and a captivating storyline, players will explore deep inside the bowels of this remote island penitentiary that plays an important role in the Arkham universe.
So the trailer reveals Grundy for the first time as being an inclusion in the game, which should be interesting from a story perspective for gamers who’ve played through Batman: Arkham City. Grundy was in that one too and, while I won’t blow exactly how it is that you encounter him (it’s awesome), it’ll be neat to see just how it is that he ends up there in the first place. And if my mysterious comments here have piqued your curiosity as to what in the world I’m talking about- good. Go play Arkham City. It’s fantastic.
As for Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, it’ll be available for the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS on October 25th globally. That’s also the same day that Batman: Arkham Origins arrives for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC.
If you’re a big Batman fan with a handheld and a home gaming console (or a PC), mark your calendars.