Batman: Arkham Origins Story DLC Details Coming Next Week?

By Pete Haas 2014-01-31 10:24:56 discussion comments
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Update: WB's New Year's Eve announcement says we'll be heading to Wayne Manor.

Original article: When Warner Bros. first announced Batman: Arkham Origins' Season Pass, they said that the open-world action game would receive an "all-new story campaign" as DLC. The company hinted on Facebook that they could be announcing this new campaign in a matter of days.

"Visit this page on December 31st for a special announcementůmore details to come next week!" said WB on the official Batman: Arkham Facebook page.

The campaign DLC is said to be comparable in length to Harley Quinn's Revenge, an add-on for Arkham City - in other words, it'll take a couple hours or so. The exact premise of the DLC hasn't been revealed yet, but it's going to focus on a "key relationship" in Batman lore.

"It is in line with our angle of the origins - not necessarily of characters, but of key relationships," Ben Mattes, Batman Arkham Origins senior producer told Eurogamer earlier this month. "It is a DLC that will focus on one of the most key relationships in Batman canon."

There are many relationships that the DLC could explore. Arkham Origins centered around Batman's first encounters with Gordon and the Joker so that might not be the focus for the add-on. Maybe Batman's friendship with Albert or Robin will take center stage.

Or perhaps we're looking at this from the wrong angle. Maybe the DLC isn't about a relationship between Batman and another character. The DLC may chronicle a connection between two other DC personalities, like the Joker and Harley Quinn.

The DLC Season Pass also includes bonus skins and a set of challenge maps called "Initiation." "Initiation" is set in Asia before the events of Arkham Origins. Bruce Wayne is training at a monastery under the tutelage of ninjutsu master Kirigi. While these maps had some narrative, the upcoming DLC should be much more story-driven.

I'm sure that plenty of fans are hoping that the announcement Warner Bros. is teasing has nothing to do with DLC. They're wishing for a reveal of the next-gen Arkham game in development at Rocksteady Studios. These fans are probably setting themselves up for disappointment, though, because I doubt WB would make such a big announcement on New Year's Eve day. The news would get a lot less attention than it deserves. In all likelihood, we'll have to wait until 2014 to find out more about the Dark Knight's next-gen adventure.

This article was first published on December 26, 2013 and was last updated on January 31, 2014.
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