Warner Brothers and GameInformer announced that Batman: Arkham Origins will be coming this fall (Kotaku reports it will be launching on October 25th) to Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC. The assumption is it will also launch with the next generation consoles on there release as well.
This new Batman game is a prequel to Arkham Asylum and City, where Batman will be fighting eight assassins on Christmas Eve. This game will see a younger Bruce Wayne facing many of these villains for the first time. One of these villains (as seen above) is the legendary DeathStroke, the greatest assassin in the DC Universe. (I am incredibly excited to see how much exposure Deathstroke is getting lately in DC)
The previous developer Rocksteady games is not developing this title; instead it is being made by Warner Brothers Montreal. They are using the same technology that the previous Arkham games were built on and the title will be headed by Creative Director Eric Holmes. Holmes has previously worked on Prototype and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, and is a devoted comic fan (he wrote a Transformers miniseries for IDW).
This reporter’s take: I am very excited about this new game, though the fact that it is not made by Rocksteady has me worried. The fact that it is being directed by Eric Holmes though is a very good sign for the game, his work even on Incredible Hulk is enough to have me excited. The focus on a smaller cast (if you consider 8 assassins small) could work towards the games benefit, although many may find this to be a cash in while Rocksteady works on their next big game.