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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Launches Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate



  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Launches Batman: Arkham Origins and
  Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

  Play as Batman as He Meets And Takes on DC Comics’ Most Notorious Villains

Business Wire

BURBANK, Calif. -- October 25, 2013

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today unleash some
of DC Comics’ most deadly villains upon Gotham City with the launch of Batman:
Arkham Origins.  The next installment of the blockbuster Batman: Arkham video
game franchise is available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment
system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system
and Windows PC. Also available today is Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for
the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Nintendo 3DS™ handheld
system.

Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins is based on DC Comics’
core Batman license. The game features an expanded Gotham City and introduces
an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman:
Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the first two critically acclaimed
games of the franchise. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most
dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young, unrefined Batman as he faces
the defining moment of his early career and sets his path to becoming the Dark
Knight.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins,
is a 2.5-D handheld game developed by Armature Studio, which brings the core
Batman Arkham pillars, such as FreeFlow combat and Batman’s infamous gadgets,
to the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Nintendo handheld
format for the first time. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate allows players to
continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the
Dark Knight’s past.

“It’s a big responsibility taking on the Batman: Arkham franchise and the WB
Games Montréal team has dedicated itself to giving players an experience that
is worthy of the name,” said Reid Schneider, Vice President and Executive
Producer, WB Games Montréal. “Batman: Arkham Origins allows fans to play
through a new take on Batman’s story while experiencing some enhanced
game-play mechanics.”

Batman: Arkham Origins features a pivotal tale set on Christmas Eve where
Batman is hunted by eight of the deadliest assassins from the DC Comics
Universe. Along the way, players will experience a fresh take on iconic Batman
characters, including The Joker, Black Mask, Penguin, Deathstroke, Bane,
Deadshot, Copperhead and others yet to be revealed.

Also new to the franchise is the online multiplayer mode, which is developed
by Splash Damage. Friends and foes can play online in 3v3v2 gameplay that
blends traditional Arkham gameplay with third-person shooter mechanics. Gamers
can hunt as Batman or Robin against the most challenging opponents yet –
friends and other online gamers – or take a walk on the dark side as a
Super-Villain Elite and be part of The Joker or Bane’s gang. Those playing as
a Super-Villain Elite will also have a chance to seize control of either The
Joker or Bane for a limited amount of time.

Players looking to extend their gameplay experience can buy the Batman: Arkham
Origins Season Pass now for $19.99 and receive $30 worth of content. The
Season Pass is comprised of five of the game’s upcoming downloadable content
packs, which includes two exclusive skins, as well as new content from the
Batman Arkham Initiation Pack and a separate all-new story campaign. The
Initiation Pack content tests Bruce Wayne’s skills of detection, evasion and
confrontation among the mysterious temple high in the Paektusan mountains of
Korea, where his greatest teacher, Grandmaster Kirigi, is holding a final
class. The Season Pass is available on the PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live
online entertainment network from Microsoft, Nintendo eShop and Steam.

The Batman: Arkham Origins free-to-play mobile game, developed by NetherRealm
Studios for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, is available on the App Store and
delivers the stunning graphics and quality gameplay fans have come to expect
from the team who brought to market fan favorite mobile games Injustice: Gods
Among Us and Batman: Arkham City Lockdown. The title pits players, as Batman,
against a number of DC Comics’ most deadly assassins as they fight their way
through Gotham City’s most dangerous locales. Those who also own the console
versions of the game and are registered for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account
will be able to access exclusive content not available elsewhere.

The PS3™ and Xbox 360 versions of Batman: Arkham Origins are priced at $59.99
suggested retail; the Wii U and Windows PC versions are priced at $49.99. The
suggested retail price for the Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate handheld game 
is $39.99. Also available in limited quantities is the Batman: Arkham Origins
Collector’s Edition for PS3™ and Xbox 360, priced at $119.99 SRP.

Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate are rated “T” for
Teen by the ESRB.

For more information and the latest updates, visit www.batmanarkhamorigins.com
or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BatmanArkham.

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green
Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the
creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across
Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert
with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters
across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer
products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of
comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the
largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC
Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions,
launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice
League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in
the Horn of Africa.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and
distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all
current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming
for both internal and third party game titles.

About WB Games Montréal

Since its launch in 2010, WB Games Montréal has more than 300 employees and
continues to grow and recruit additional talent. Working with some of Warner
Bros. Studios’ biggest brands, including DC Entertainment, the studio is
focused on the most cutting-edge approach to games for the digital space as
well as current and upcoming video game consoles.

About Armature Studio

Founded in 2008 by three of the principal members of the Metroid Prime
franchise, Armature Studio strives to bring their game design sensibilities to
a new audience. Located in Austin, TX, Armature currently has over 30
employees and is working on multiple titles.

About NetherRealm Studios

NetherRealm Studios is a leader in the development of interactive
entertainment, and the creator of the billion dollar Mortal Kombat franchise.
Mortal Kombat has spawned two theatrical films, multiple television series,
and has sold over 35 million games to date. Located in Chicago, Illinois the
award-winning NetherRealm team has been working and creating games together
since 1992. Additional information about NetherRealm Studios can be found at
www.netherrealm.com

About Splash Damage Ltd

Founded in 2001 and based in London, England, Splash Damage® Ltd is an
independently-owned developer dedicated to AAA multiplayer experiences. The
studio has won over 300 awards and nominations around the world, achieved
'Best Independent Developer' at the Develop Awards, and was listed in The
Guardian's 'TechMedia Invest 100'.

BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS, BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS BLACKGATE software © 2013
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
BATMAN and all characters, their distinctive likenesses, and related elements
are trademarks of DC Comics © 2013. All Rights Reserved.
WB GAMES LOGO, WB SHIELD: ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
(s13)

Nintendo trademarks and copyrights are properties of Nintendo
“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
SPLASH DAMAGE is a registered trademark of Splash Damage Ltd in the United
Kingdom and/or other countries.

Contact:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Kehau Rodenhurst
818.977.3340
kehau.rodenhurst@warnerbros.com
or
fortyseven communications
Craig Sinel
323-658-1200
kehau.rodenhurst@warnerbros.com
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