"Batman: Arkham Origins," the latest installment of the popular video game series developed by Rocksteady Studios in conjunction with Warner Bros. Games Montreal, has been released for a retail price of $59.99.
The game, which can be played on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows among other platforms, is the prequel to "Batman: Arkham City" and "Batman: Arkham Asylum," the prior two video games in the series.
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In "Batman: Arkham Origins," which is the first game in the series to feature multiplayer gameplay, the player is set five years prior to "Arkham Asylum," and consequently features a less experienced, younger Batman tasked with surviving a bounty that has been placed on his head by the villain, Black Mask.
The game has received positive reviews from across the industry, with MTV writing, "fans can rest easy: 'Batman: Arkham Origins'
channels what was great about the first two installments and layers in a nice, simple prequel story about a younger Batman dealing with his first big threats, and learning that he can't be a one-man army."
During the Eurogamer Expo earlier this month, Forbes magazine caught up with "Batman: Arkham Origins" Associate Producer Guillaume Voghel
, who told the financial publication that as far as the game's developers were concerned: "Gameplay comes first."
"Even if narratively or historically it would make sense for Batman not to have certain gadgets, we always put gameplay first. And gamers are going to appreciate that we didn’t try to reinvent the entire recipe," Voghel told Forbes. "The combat is still very similar to Arkham City and Asylum; it’s had little tweaks here and there – some more enemies and some new stuff that adds another level."
Speaking to the fact that Warner Bros. Games Montreal is a relatively new video game developer, having been founded in 2010, Voghel pointed out that though "The developer is new, the team is senior."
"The average seniority of the team is about ten years in the industry," Voghel added. "And we got everything we needed tech-wise from Rocksteady."
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