There may be a new DC Comics video game coming soon from WB Games Montreal, the team responsible for Batman: Arkham Origins. The studio posted a new job listing, searching for a Lead Online Programmer to work on “properties that expand the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.”
This raises a lot of questions about what’s next for DC Comics in games. The biggest games coming from Warner Bros. include the Batman Arkham and Injustice series. There is a possibility that the company is looking to expand beyond those with more games centered around other DC heroes. The position also hints at online functionality being added to all future DC Comic games.
Warner Bros. recently experimented with adding the ever controversial loot boxes to their latest games, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Injustice 2. It could be that the company is looking to add those elements to future games or online multiplayer options.
Whatever games the studio is working on, they are clearly in early development. They recently posted positions for a Technical Director, QA Supervisor, as well as a Senior Narrative Designer.
Rocksteady Studios has also been teasing a new game announcement coming soon. The studio behind the main Batman Arkham games is also seeking new hires. No word on what their next game might be but rumors suggest that we will find out during The Game Awards on December 7th.
It amazing what the Batman: Arkham series has done. It has not only proven that license games can be good, it has proven they can be some of the greatest games of this generation. While the new Batman: Arkham Origins is not being made by the fantastic Rocksteady Studios, it seems to be in the capable hands of Warner Bros. Montreal.
Arkham Origins looks to be more of the same Batman game and that is not a bad thing. The same great combat is intact and so is exploring the many alleys and structures of Gotham City. Batman has a lot more ground to cover as more of the City is available for him to explore (it might be twice as large as Arkham City). Also the demo hints at a different variety of enemies that Batman will have to face, like the martial artist who can counter just like him and armored enemies who require using different moves to dispatch.
The most interesting upgrade to Arkham Origins is the enhanced detective mode. It is far more interactive then the previous Arkham games, allowing you to reconstruct crime scene using the clues you find. It is a bit jarring to see Batman with all these upgrades and enhancements considering this is a prequel and he did not have them in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. I suppose gameplay trumps all. The video below of the gameplay demo gives a more depth into the new features of the game.