Ever since it was announced, I’ve been very interested in any details about Batman: Arkham Origins, the WB Montreal-developed prequel in the popular comic-based franchise. For example, not too long ago rumors started to swirl about the possibility of some cooperative multiplayer, causing me to hope/speculate that we might get some team-up action between Batman and Robin.
But a post on GameInformer yesterday provides clues into the role the Boy Wonder may play in the game—or, more specifically, the role he won’t play. The game’s development team was asked about any connections between the game’s Christmas-eve set plot, and the classic “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” parody, leading to this sort-of revelatory answer from creative director Eric Holmes:
“One thing I can say to partly answer that is there’s no Robin at this part of the continuity. There’s no concept of Robin. Batman works alone…who knows, perhaps the first egg may be laid…”
That seems to hint that the beginnings of the partnership may be explored in the game’s story, but that it’s pretty unlikely that Robin will play any kind of significant role along the lines I was hoping. Which is a damn drag, and the OPPOSITE of what I want. Doesn’t anyone out there share my appreciation for the Robin character? And, I have to point out again, Robin joined up with Batman only a year into his adventures, so even if this Batman is at the beginning of his career, continuity-wise, he didn’t work alone for very long. I’M JUST SAYING.
Anyway, that’s not the end of today’s WB Montreal news. A post on CVG points out a job listing at Time Warner for a new creative director at WB Montreal who would “be responsible for expanding the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.”
Does that mean that WB Montreal is the parent company’s go-to studio for all future DC-related game content? Does that mean that we’ve got some Superman, Flash, or Aquaman-related games to look forward to? And, as ever, where does that put Rocksteady and their DC Comics-related efforts?
Questions. So many questions. Hey! The Question! He should get a video game, too.