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'Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate' coming to consoles this April

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Warner Bros. has confirmed today the "Batman: Arkham Origins" side-scrolling spin-off for Nintendo 3DS and Sony PlayStation Vita titled "Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate" will be available on consoles (i.e. Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC) as soon as April 1 for only $20. "Blackgate"–which was developed by Armature Studios–is supplemental to "Origins" plot-wise, but will not act as downloadable content for the game. Instead, it has been decided to port it as a standalone title downloaded from Xbox LIVE, PSN, Nintendo eShop, and Steam.

"A companion title to 'Batman: Arkham Origins,' players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight's past." (Product description)

The move to bring "Blackgate" to consoles has puzzled a few reviewers and even fans of the franchise who point out the game has faced mild criticism and overall mediocre scores. Many are skeptic how the side-scrolling game will translate from mobile devices. Lest they forget the legions of successful side-scrolling adventures placed on pedestals throughout video game history (e.g. "Super Mario Bros."). Dubbed the "Deluxe Edition," however, the game will feature high-definition 2.5D graphics, a new map and hint system, and the ability to unlock the Zero Year Batsuit.

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