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'Batman: Arkham Origins' map twice the size of 'Arkham City', divides Gotham

Screenshots of Batman: Arkham Origins for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.
Screenshots of Batman: Arkham Origins for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.
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More details about Batman: Arkham Origins continue to fly following the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC game's reveal Tuesday. The latest is the size of the Gotham City game world that players will find themselves in as they control the Caped Crusader.

The game world of Arkham Origins is twice as big as Arkham City and is effectively split between two halves - Old Gotham and New Gotham. Old Gotham is where the more obvious criminal and seedy elements reside while New Gotham is classier with towering skyscrapers.

While this means a much larger game world for Arkham Origins, senior producer Ben Mattes promises a that it will be just as densely packed as its predecessor.

"We all really responded very strongly to what Sefton [Hill, of Rocksteady] once said, which is that Arkham City is the densest open-world game out there," Mattes told Game Informer. "That definitely holds true. We're not interested in making a big sprawling city where you run for blocks before you find someone to fight. We want to maintain that density where around every corner and on every rooftop there's always something interesting, both visually and gameplay wise."

Some of the locations spotted in Old Gotham include The Bowery, Park Row, Sheldon Row, the Industrial District and Amusement Mile. That last location was flooded in Arkham City but not so in Origins. Overall, this part of Gotham City will be somewhat familiar as it is largely where Arkham City took place just set well before the walls were erected.

Less familiar will be New Gotham which features the Diamond District, Coventry and Burnley along with an unpopulated southern peninsula. WB Montreal promises that the buildings located on this half of the island will be much taller than the Old Gotham half. Presumably, this is also where the Wayne Enterprises building resides.

Lastly, there is one other unknown item that is highlighted across the water from New Gotham. It is possible that this is Wayne Manor and/or the Batcave where players will be able to launch excursions into Gotham City from.

With Arkham Origins being so much larger than its predecessor, travel time is obviously a concern. WB Montreal will bring in the Batwing as a form of fast travel during story sequences to quickly move the player from one part of the city to another.

Batman: Arkham Origins is due out October 25, 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.

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Via: Game Informer


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