Arkham Origins dev discusses 'challenge of following Rocksteady'

"We're standing on the shoulders of giants"

Warner Bros. Montreal, the studio which has inherited the Batman: Arkham series, has discussed for the first time the challenge of "coming in after Rocksteady".


Warner Montreal was announced this afternoon as the developer behind current-gen prequel Batman: Arkham Origins.

Senior team members told Game Informer they're aware the studio is "standing on the shoulders of giants" by attempting to follow up two of the most acclaimed titles of the generation.

Creative director Eric Holmes, who previously designed Prototype, said the key to living up to expectations was to take a unique approach with Origins.

"The challenge for us, coming in after Rocksteady, is to do something which hasn't been done," he said.

"This is the story of the first time Batman meets certain characters that are very important to him and defines his relationships, which ultimately starts to define him.

"Nobody's harsher critics about this game than we are and we definitely want it to stand up to the Arkham legacy."

Senior producer Ben Mattes had similar praise for Rocksteady's work on the previous Arkham games:

"We are very aware of the fact we are standing on the shoulders of giants," he said. "We are playing in the space of some of the most critically acclaimed games of all time."

Origins is set for release on current-gen consoles and PC, alongside a handheld spin-off game. Hit the link for more.