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Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate coming to PS3, 360, Wii U


The 2.5D Metroidvania entry in the Batman Arkham city will be coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U in April this year, Warner Brothers have announced. Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate was a handheld exclusive that took place after Arkham Origins and was set in – can you guess – Blackgate Prison. Blackmask, Joker and Penguin all want to cause trouble, and it’s up to you as The Bat to sort it all out.

It had a great many similarities to the regular titles as well, with one huge exception: it took place on a 2.5D plane instead of in a huge 3D open world. This garnered mixed reviews from the press, with a slight positive slant. It seems a lot of people were disappointed with the exploration and backtracking – both complaints about the genre as a whole – and that this knocked the overall quality.

Still, it’ll be nice for those without a 3DS or Vita to pin together events between the end of Arkham Origins and the beginning of Arkham Asylum. 

The console port will be made by the same people that did the original game, Armature Studios, and will be available to purchase from April 2nd. Blackgate will be £15.99 if you’re interested, a price that’s bound to put some people off, considering the scores.


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