Batman: Arkham Origins To Be Most Personal Entry Yet
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.09.2013
According to the developer...
In an interview with VG247, Warner Bros. Montreal creative director Eric Holmes said Batman: Arkham Origins will be the most personal Batman game yet. Here are highlights:
On how far into Batman's career the game takes place: "Batman in the other games is very full. He's very completely formed. He is exactly as he is in the standard continuity, but going back to that earlier space he's a bit more vulnerable, a bit less complete, and so the things that happen in our story could really change who he is. So that's why I really got attracted to the prequel space and what I wanted to do. We say it's roughly ‘year two'. If you're a Batman fan the timeline doesn't add up a whole lot as it's been around for so long and there's been so many stories that to add them all end to end, he'd be very old. In Year One he's establishing himself. In ‘year two' he's part of the Gotham landscape but he's not really understood yet. The mobsters think he's a myth – some of them do – but there are ones who know he's for real, who have met him and don't like him."
On Batman's relationship with police in the game: "The cops still consider him an outlaw. He's not a friend of the cops or a member of the institutions of Gotham, and one of the things I think this emotionally lends us is, Batman becomes scary when he's not understood. In the other games we've seen him referred to as ‘Batman' by people. The guards in the asylum called him ‘Batman' with a capital B as if that's his name, rather than the idea of someone who's ‘the winged vigilante' or something that sounds more mysterious or scary."
On the mob scene in Gotham: "Without spoiling it too much, this is a big part of our story. The Gotham landscape before he became commissioner was a very different place. it was corrupt, full of very bad cops who didn't like him and didn't trust him because he didn't take bribes, he wasn't one of the boys and he stood for things they didn't."