Fruits Of Their Labour: Arkham Oranges Intros Firefly

By Ben Barrett on August 21st, 2013 at 10:30 am.

A trailer a day keeps the dread lord of games at bay, that’s what we say here at RPS. If we don’t, he’ll rise again to wage terrible war upon our castle, PR-catapults firing besuited fast-talkers at our poor, potholed walls. Our defenses are meek and few what with the great Sir Botherer’s new steed not yet full grown and aged knights Sir Rossignol and Sir Smith having defected to Germany. Thank the heavens, then, that Batman‘s swooping down with our neatly packaged, 1080p deliverance.

The Batman games have a special place in my heart alongside the Mass Effect series of “stuff I played when I had the time and will to do it for 16 hours a day.” Arkham Asylum and City rank up there in my best of all time so I’m pretty excited for this. The switch of developer has worried some, but I see no reason to be alarmed based on everything we’ve seen so far. Trailers and other pre-release materials are made to sell games, yes, but these all look of the same quality and style as their predecessors. If anything, I’m looking forward to seeing what that glorious combat and visuals engine can do with a few fresh hands and brains at the helm. And how about that multiplayer.

You’ll be able to buy Arkham Origins absolutely god-damn everywhere on October 25th.

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22 Comments »

  1. Humanji says:

    Arkham Oranges? Is that a typo, or am I missing the joke? I just can’t tell anymore… :(

    • Runty McTall says:

      It’s the RPS joke on “Origins”.

      • Humanji says:

        Damn it. I must be getting old. I used to be hip and with it. Now I don’t know what you kids are into.

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          Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

          It happens to us all. One minute you’re tying an onion to your belt with the rest of the kids, next thing you know they’re all be-bop and Twitter and moon boots.

          • Runty McTall says:

            Dude, onions are back in (shallots for the true hipsters!)

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    Tom De Roeck says:

    I am so looking forward to the multiplayer. I dont really see anyones problems with Splash Damage brand of games.

  3. Deadly Sinner says:

    Huh, that Joker voice is pretty good. It doesn’t have the raspiness of Mark Hammil’s, but probably about as good of an imitation as you’re going to get.

    I have a similar opinion about the game. I loved Arkham City (it’s my fourth most played game on Steam with 76 hours,) so as long as WB Montreal can do a good imitation, I will be buying this.

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      Ben Barrett says:

      I like to think the changes in voice actors have something to do with this having that “Year One” feel. Everyone’s meant to be younger so they look younger, sound younger. I think they’re pulling it off, based on this trailer, too.

      • sonson says:

        I don’t. Year One is basically all about Gordon, and his relationship with Batman. It’s a gritty noirish thriller far more concerned with the mundane than the heroic. There’s not one canonical Bad Guy in it. The main foe is corruption and bueracracy.

        This is Batman fighting a million prisoners and every one of his most famous foes. If it’s like any of the series it’s The Dark Knight Returns, which is interesting given that that’s basically Batman coming out of retirement. But in terms of tone and tenure it’s far more Returns than Year One, Returns basically being Batman beating up tons of dudes and having run ins with all of his evil pals. That, or one of the more “darker” 90′s series like Knightfall. Which is Batman beating up a million dudes and having run ins with etc

        Which is fine, doesn’t mean it won’t be a great game. I’m just being an ass basically. But this really isn’t very Year One at all. I’d love to play a game of Year One but it would be more LA Noire crossed with Dishonored or Thief or the like if it were to really get what that book is about.

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          Llewyn says:

          I have no interest in Batman outside the Arkham games, so most discussions of canon pass me by completely, but I very much want the game you propose.

        • jonahcutter says:

          LA Noire crossed with Dishonored…

          I swooned a little bit.

  4. Iamerror says:

    It looks great.

    I won’t purchase it until a heavy sale on the inevitable GoTY edition though. Warner don’t deserve any more after the way they treated customers who purchased Arkham City before the GoTY edition launched [they got rid of the ability to purchase the DLC separately on Steam, forcing anyone who already owned the base game and DLC to purchase it all again if they wanted any further content - it's also heavily rumored [with registry evidence to back it up] that they’re only going to remove the soon defunct GFWL DRM from the GoTY edition.]

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    MajorManiac says:

    Whenever I read the word Firefly I drop to my knees and cry out to the world – “WHEEEEEEDON!…”

    The game is looking great though.

  6. Etherealsteel says:

    Just worried if other developer is going to do as good of a job with it as Rocksteady. Rocksteady just did both batman games justice. So I have a concern if they will do as good of a job on it. I’d like to able to drive around in the Batmobile or BatWing. The other option I’d like is Co-op gameplay with Batman and Robin or with Batman andCatwoman, just to offer a different experience and be able to play with friends.

  7. Teovald says:

    This looks very good. I would love to see that combat system/gameplay used in another franchise though.
    This must be the gazillionest adaptation of Batman, with only minor differences between each others..

  8. InternetBatman says:

    I wish they had done the third Batman game (that they were clearly setting up) before doing a reboot. I guess the publisher wanted to use the assets and engine with another team while it was being made.

    Also, this is not the Firefly I want to see in games.

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    Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    If that hooded and masked fellow follows through with his threatened bottle-hurling he’s going to find out first-hand precisely how fireproof his hoodie is.

  10. jonahcutter says:

    I’d like to see a more in-depth investigation mechanic. Something with more depth than holding a button down, then following the glowing trail.

    And better writing. Playing a young, rasher Batman who makes mistakes at times would be refreshing. If he’s just exact same, uber-capable, always-right good-guy hero character but with a less-raspy voice, it’ll be a bit of a disappointment.