Batman: Arkham Origins Online Component Confirmed !

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Play as Batman, Robin or an Elite Member of The Joker or Bane’s Gang

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today confirmed that Batman: Arkham Origins will ship with a mode that allows players to take the franchise’s award-winning gameplay online to play with friends and foes.  The online component blends the traditional Arkham gameplay with third-person shooter mechanics and is in development by Splash Damage.

The online mode will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.  The game is scheduled to launch worldwide Oct. 25, 2013.

The Batman: Arkham Origins Online mode offers players the chance to hunt as Batman or Robin against the most challenging opponents yet, friends and other gamers online.  Players can also take on the role of a Super-Villain Elite and get a peek behind the curtain of what it’s like to side with The Joker or Bane as they establish their legacy by taking down Batman and Robin, and anyone else who gets in their way.  Fans will even be able call in the ultimate reinforcement to help turn the tide in any match by playing as The Joker or Bane themselves.

Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins 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.  Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships.

Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the PS3™, Xbox 360®, the Wii U™ system, and Windows PC.  Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate™, the handheld version developed by Armature Studio, will be available for PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system.  The game will release on all platforms worldwide on Oct. 25, 2013.

Batman: Arkham City week one sales top 4.6 million units worldwide !

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Critically acclaimed sequel from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios becomes the highest reviewed videogame of 2011 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system

London, UK – October 25th, 2011 –Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announcedthat Batman: Arkham City™, the critically acclaimed videogame developed by Rocksteady Studios, has shipped more than 4.6  million units worldwide since its October 18th North American launch on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

The week one sales figure for Batman: Arkham City is more than double the number of units sold of Batman: Arkham Asylum in the same time period and solidifies the game’s place as a contender for one of the top-selling titles of 2011.  Additionally, the game currently stands as the highest reviewed PS3™ and Xbox 360 game of 2011 on Metacritic.com with average scores of 96 and 95 respectivly.*

Batman: Arkham City is one of the best action adventure games, proven by the tremendous reviews, and it further establishes the Batman brand as a marquee franchise for our growing business,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “Rocksteady Studios went above and beyond in delivering an incredible game and the support of the entire team at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment drove the excellent campaign a game like this deserves.”

“The true test for any game is what the players think and we have been thrilled by their reaction to Batman: Arkham City,” said Sefton Hill, Game Director at Rocksteady Studios.  “The team at Rocksteady put every ounce of effort into making the best Batman experience we possibly could, so we are overwhelmed by the incredible feedback from the community.”

Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players flying through the expansive Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum – the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds.  Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to genuinely experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.

Batman: Arkham City is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and rated “15” by the BBFC.  The game is currently available on Xbox 360 and PS3™.  The Games for Windows version will be available beginning Nov. 18, 2011.  Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamcity.com for more information about the game.

*Compiled by Metacritic.com, one of the web’s best resources for critical information about film, video, games, books and television.

Retail Game Deals Round-up – Oct. 23 – $100 Gift Card with Xbox 360 and more!

Best Buy (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • PS3 Battlefield 3 Online Starter Package – $309.96
      • 160GB Playstation 3
      • Battlefield 3
      • Bluetooth Headset
      • 3-Month PSN Plus Subscription Card
    • 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle – $299.99 w/ $50 Gift Card
    • Kinect Sensor – $129.99 w/ free Child of Eden
  • PC Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ SPECACT Kit DLC Code
  • PS3 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ SPECACT Kit DLC Code
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Peter Pan costume
    • Gran Turismo 5 – $39.99
    • L.A. Noire – $29.99
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ SPECACT Kit DLC Code
    • Buy Dance Central 2 or Kinect Sports: Season Two and get $20 off the following
      • Dance Central
      • Kinect Sports
      • PowerUp Heroes
      • Puss in Boots
      • Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster
      • UFC Personal Trainer
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Peter Pan costume
    • Dragon Age II – $19.99
  • Wii Games
    • Fling Smash with Wii MotionPlus Remote – $24.99
  • Nintendo DS Games
  • Accessories
    • Battlefield 3 Strategy Guide – $9.99
    • Battlefield 3 Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide – $24.99
    • Kinect Nyko Zoom – $10 off with purchase of Kinect sensor or Xbox 360 Kinect bundle
    • PS Move Controller – $24.99
    • Turtle Beach Ear Force DPX21 Headset – $129.99
    • Wii Afterglow Controller Bundle and Energizer Wii Charging System – $49.98
  • Trade-in Deals
    • 40% extra trade-in bonus towards Battlefield 3
    • 50% extra trade-in bonus towards Battlefield 3 for Reward Zone Gamers Club members

Fry’s Electronics (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware
    • 160GB Playstation 3 – $299 w/ free inFamous 2 and Gran Turismo 5
    • 4GB Xbox 360 – $199 w/ free Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    • Kinect – $99 w/ free Child of Eden
    • PSP – $129 w/ 5 free UMD movies
  • PC Games
  • PS3 Games
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Batman: Arkham City – $59.99 w/ free Batman T-Shirt
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops – $44.96
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – $29.96
    • Dance Central 2 – $49.96 w/ $25 off Dance Central or Kinect Sports
    • Deus Ex: Human Revolution – $39.96
    • Kinect Sports: Season Two – $49.96 w/ $25 off Dance Central or Kinect Sports

GameStop (10/19 – 10/25) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • PSP Sports Entertainment Pack – $139.99
  • PC Games
    • Rift – $9.99
    • StarCraft II – $49.99
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops – $39.99

Hastings (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • 160GB Playstation 3 – $249.99 w/ 2 free used PS3 games
    • Kinect sensor – $99.9
  • PS3 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $5 off Strategy Guide
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ free wired camo headset during Midnight Release event (Monday, October 24 from 9pm to Midnight) and $5 off Strategy Guide

Kmart (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • PS3 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $20 Gaming Coupon and Turtle Beach X-12 Headset for $39.99 or Sony 7.1 Wireless Headset for $69.99
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops – $39.99
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Zazu costume
    • Medal of Honor – $14.99
    • NCAA Football 12 – $44.99
    • NHL 12 – $39.99
    • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures – $69.99 w/ free character pack
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $20 Gaming Coupon and Turtle Beach X-12 Headset for $39.99 or Sony 7.1 Wireless Headset for $69.99
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops – $39.99
    • Dance Central 2 – $49.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Dance Central 2 and Dance Central – $74.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Zazu costume
    • Kinect Sports: Season Two – $49.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports – $74.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Medal of Honor – $14.99
    • NCAA Football 12 – $44.99
    • NHL 12 – $39.99
    • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures – $69.99 w/ free character pack
  • Wii Games
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Zazu costume
    • Kirby’s Return to Dreamland – $49.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures – $69.99 w/ free character pack
  • Nintendo 3DS Games
    • Pokemon Rumble Blast – $34.99 w/ $10 Gaming Coupon
  • Shop Your Way Rewards Bonus Deal
    • By $20 worth of Doritos and Mountain Dew products and get a $10 Gaming Coupon

*Shop Your Way Rewards membership required to receive gaming coupons. Coupons valid from October 30 to December 10. SYWR bonus deal coupon valid November 6 to November 12.

Radio Shack

  • Hardware Deals
    • 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle – $299.99 w/ $100 Gift Card

Target (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • Nintendo 3DS – $169.99 w/ $25 Gift Card
  • PC Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 plus $10 Gift Card w/ purchase of 12-pack of Dr. Pepper
  • PS3 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 plus $10 Gift Card w/ purchase of 12-pack of Dr. Pepper
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Cinderella costume
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 plus $10 Gift Card w/ purchase of 12-pack of Dr. Pepper
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Cinderella costume
    • Buy any 2 Kinect games, get a $10 Gift Card

Toys R Us (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • 160GB Playstation 3 – $249.99 and $25 Gift Card with purchase of one of the following games
      • Disney Universe – $49.99
      • Everybody Dance – $39.99
      • NBA 2K12 – $59.99
    • 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle – $299.99 and $25 Gift Card with purchase of one of the following games
      • Dance Central 2 – $49.99
      • Just Dance Kids 2 – $39.99
      • Kinect Sports: Season Two – $49.99
    • Wii Mario Kart Bundle  – $149.99 and $25 Gift Card with purchase of one of the following games
      • Disney Universe – $49.99
      • Kirby’s Return to Dreamland – $49.99
    • PS3 Games
      • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $10 Gift Card plus 2 ½’ wall graphic
    • Xbox 360 Games
      • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $10 Gift Card plus 2 ½’ wall graphic
    • Buy any video game priced at $19.99 and get a free Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures figure

Wal-Mart (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

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