Batman: Arkham Origins, a game set years before events of the previous Arkham instalments, will be released for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC on October 25, 2013, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced via a GameInformer cover.
As had been rumoured, Rocksteady Studios isn't working on the prequel, with the project placed into the hands of Warner Bros. Games Montreal. Heading up the team is comic fan Eric Holmes, who was lead designer of open world action titles The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype.
Whilst the studio switch might be cause for concern, WB Montreal has been given full access to Rocksteady's modified version of the Unreal Engine in order to maintain the same look and feel of previous games.
In Arkham Origins a young and still learning Batman will come into contact with many of Arkham's supervillains for the first time. The GameInformer cover features Deathstroke, who will make his series debut.
3DS and PS Vita owners also get in on the Batman action with Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a completely separate title which takes place after the events of Arkham Origins. The game is in development at Armature Studio, and promises to be a 2.5-D Metroid-style action game.
Armature Studio was founded by some of the leads from the Metroid Prime trilogy. The handheld game will arrive the same day as the console title.
There's currently no mention of any plans to release versions for next generation consoles.