Batman’s Inexperience Will Manifest in Arkham Origins’ Narrative

Set only two years after the launch of Batman’s career as a vigilante, Batman: Arkham Origins features a younger, less experienced protagonist who will be expected to learn a few hard lessons before he can become the calm and collected Dark Knight in his later years.

In an interview with GameReactor, the game’s Creative Director Eric Holmes talked about how Bruce Wayne’s psyche is different in Arkham Origins in comparison to how he is in the previous Arkham games, which take place many years later in Batman’s career. Batman’s inexperience, he says, leads to accidental acts of violence.

“Sometimes we’ll show him try something, and he’ll screw it up,” Holmes said. “But when he screws it up, he screws it up in a cool way. For example, one interrogation we have in the game, when he’s interrogating someone and trying to get this information out of them – he goes too far and chokes the guy out. The next time he interrogates someone he doesn’t push it that far.”

“He’s not tripping over his gadgets, trying to use a gadget and dropping it on the floor. He’s not firing his grappling gun and it explodes,” said Holmes.

While Batman is inexperienced, he is by no means a clumsy fighter—having honed much of his fighting ability long before the game takes place. According to the developers, Batman’s inexperience will only manifest within the narrative of the game.

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1 Comment on Batman’s Inexperience Will Manifest in Arkham Origins’ Narrative


On July 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Didn’t they originally say that inexperience would also make Batman’s combat rough around the edges in terms of gameplay? It would seem they stopped saying that once it became clear at E3 that the combat was coming directly out of Arkham City.