Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate Deluxe Edition Headed To PC, Consoles

By Ryan Winslett 2014-02-20 16:47:24 discussion comments
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The Dark Knight’s history continues to unfold on consoles as the formerly portable exclusive, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate arrives as a digital-only Deluxe Edition for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC on April 1.

When the original Arkham Asylum arrived on consoles, nobody expected what Rocksteady Studios brought to the table. To be fair, superhero games don’t exactly have a history of turning out too great. So, with that mentality going in, it’s no surprise that critics and gamers alike were so blown away by the high caliber experience Asylum turned out to be, complete with a beautifully realized world, fantastic boss fights, strategic combat, plenty of fun gadgets and gameplay that really made the player feel like the Caped Crusader.

Then came Arkham City and Arkham Origins, both of which managed to do an admirable job of keeping the series going at a decently high water mark.

Somewhere in the midst of all of that lore, though, is Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a portable romp that appeared on the 3DS and PlayStaiton Vita, offering a new tale for players to experience and a brand new world for them to explore.

The Deluxe Edition takes that game and basically pours in a little bit of Bane’s secret Kool Aid, enhancing the graphics and sprucing up the controls for the home console setting. The game is played in 2.5D, with a map and gameplay that sort of blends the things you love about the Arkham series with, say, Castlevania. This new version of the game also boasts a new map and hint system, as well as spruced up navigation and objective tracking, as well as support for 5.1 surround sound.

The portable versions of the game also offered some special DLC suites, which players of the Deluxe Edition will have access to at no additional charge, including exclusive suits like Zero Year.

“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,” reads a press release from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment. “As the story progresses, players will explore deep inside the bowels of this remote island penitentiary and discover what happened after the events of Batman: Arkham Origins and learn more details of the Dark Knight's past.”

Great! Way to conveniently forget to throw in a spoiler alert, guys. I haven't played Arkham Origins yet, but now I know batman makes it out alive. Guess I can just mark that particular title off of my “to play” list, you jerks.

Look for Blackgate Deluxe Edition to launch on everything but the portable consoles it began life on come April 1 for 20 bucks.
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