Batman: Arkham Origins
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We were hoping to put the Batman voice actor confusion to bed after today's to-ing and fro-ing, but there's been a dramatic development.

It seems that in trying to clear up any crossed wires, voice actor Kevin Conroy has inadvertently revealed the existence of a further Arkham title in development, scheduled for release after Batman: Arkham Origins.

So let's go back to the start. For a while now it has been widely believed that actor Kevin Conroy, who voiced Batman in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, would not be reprising his role in the upcoming Arkham Origins.

But then over the weekend, while in attendance at the Dallas Comic Con, Conroy said that he had been working on "the next Arkham game" for around 9 months, leading many to presume that he would indeed by playing Batman in the upcoming, announced title.

But no. Warner Bros. then steped up to confirm say that Ezio Auditore, Chris Redfield and Sonic the Hedgehog actor Roger Craig Smith would be taking the role. And that, we thought, was that.

But then Conroy stepped up onto Twitter to try and clear up the confusion himself, and inadvertently let the bat out of the bag.

"Confusion in Dallas!," he wrote. "I am in new ARKHAM GAME coming soon, NOT ARKHAM ORIGINS coming this fall."

The tweet has since been deleted, presumably because the actor got spanked by Warner Bros. for announcing their new game without consent.

So, if we've got this straight and all this messing around hasn't made us disappear up our own bums, there's a new Arkham game coming next year, after the release of Arkham Origins.

And, seeing as we've been making baseless presumptions all day, let's make another one: it's going to be developed by Rocksteady for next-gen consoles.


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Comment #1 by Fire Hawk D
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:20:52 PM
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Comment #2 by JuanPabloSmoker
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:21:48 PM
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Next gen batman early in the new consoles release cycle? Sign me up

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Comment #3 by collin232
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:25:09 PM
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If it's a next gen launch title, I'm getting the new xbox day 1.

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Comment #4 by ModernSith2010
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:26:54 PM
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I don't think it will be a release title, I should think the earliest we will see this on is this time next year, I would think Arkham Origins will be multi plat and will be on next gen aswell as current. But to me it seems WB are really cutting this fine, 2 games in the same series this close together, soon people will loose faith and believe they are just going to milk the series as a yearly release like Activition, EA and Ubisoft. I sure hope I'm wrong and this is a one of occasion due to the new consoles, but only time will tell if Warner Brothers have fell victim to yearly cash cow greed.

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Comment #5 by Baki54
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:29:26 PM
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"paying Batman",... What kind of plot twist is this? :p

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Comment #6 by Andy0808
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:35:24 PM
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Cool. It's going to become a washed out franchise with a new game every year.

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Comment #7 by C R A I G o N o
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:36:12 PM
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Be good if it was in the launch window for the new xbox

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Comment #8 by C R A I G o N o
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:37:31 PM
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@6 it still will be better than call of duty

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Comment #9 by Roose91
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:40:08 PM
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Well one believes that the correct terminology for this situation is "mindfucked".

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Comment #10 by Roose91
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:42:13 PM
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@8 Oh no, the inevitable CoD comparisons, even though there in no comparisons in this critically-acclaimed Action Adventure series to that of the previously mentioned critically-acclaimed FPS series, have well and truly begun.

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Comment #11 by Roose91
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:43:13 PM
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**are** not in

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Comment #12 by i got squeezed
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:44:56 PM
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@8 Please don't compare an action game to a shooter. Just makes you look stupid

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Comment #13 by MattCannell91
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:46:29 PM
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I'm guessing a next gen 'Arkham HD Trilogy' bundling in Asylum & City with the new one for about £70

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Comment #14 by Stormy2k
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:49:59 PM
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Holy cashcow Batman!

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Comment #15 by C R A I G o N o
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:54:04 PM
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@12 am not comparing them I just mean that I would still buy batman every year because I don't think that the game play gets old quick the way I think cod does

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Comment #16 by The Kingslayer
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:55:42 PM
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Well that's not a huge surprise as we know Rocksteady aren't developing Origins. Rumors were floating around that the next Rocksteady Batman was going to cover how the Dark Knight became involved with the Justice League, now that would kick ass.

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Comment #17 by pined5551
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:56:27 PM
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Right, so now I can skip Batman 'cash cow' Origins: Diet edition... and buy the 'real Batman sequal' when it is ready.

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Comment #18 by The Kingslayer
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:57:42 PM
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No way will this be ready for the Infinity launch, Warner Bros wouldn't be stupide enough to release two Batman games within months of each other. You'll likely see this for fall 2014 or early 2015. Hopefully it's announced at E3.

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Comment #19 by Deiran
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:59:37 PM
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The bat out of the bag line made me lol xD

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Comment #20 by R_A_LEE20
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:02:19 PM
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My theory is that Askham Origins is pretty much a gap filler for the cross over to next-gen. I bet it'll take more than the average 2 year development time for Rocksteady to make its next-gen debut and so in the mean time to stop the the franchise from going dry they've enlisted the talents of WB Montreal (who have the experience of working with the games code after porting the previous game to the Wii U) to create an all new game set as an origin story as well as something that the fans can have something new to play until the arrival of the next-gen games in about 2 years time.

Only thing is that Kevin Conroy has split WB's bag of surprise plans for E3 2015.

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Comment #21 by R_A_LEE20
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:03:35 PM
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Comment #22 by The Kingslayer
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:05:41 PM
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@20 Arkham City was released in 2011 so Rocksteady have already had just over a year development time, I'd expect an annoucement way earlier than E3 2015.

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Comment #23 by Ephidel
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:05:42 PM
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So, Arkham Origins is a confirmed cash cow. Awesome. I called it, just like 20% of core gamers did.

Looks like I'll "pass" on Origins. :D

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Comment #24 by Hades no1Minion
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:11:28 PM
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Very, very interesting.

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Comment #25 by Trombonafide
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:12:08 PM
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Super Batman: Arkham Galaxy

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Comment #26 by D4RK V1C3
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:17:34 PM
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"the existence of a further Aplrkham title in development"

A whatnow? O_o :P

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Comment #27 by R_A_LEE20
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:21:06 PM
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@22 Yeah that is true but given WB track record of Arkham releases (2009, 2011, 2013) 2015 seems like an plausible time to announce and release Arkham 4 plus having another Arkham game released a year after Origins be like milking the franchise.

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Comment #28 by XxStuartxX 1990
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:24:20 PM
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Aplrkham title?


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Comment #29 by sm182
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:34:13 PM
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@27 Although that seems logical I think it'll more than likely be released in 2014.

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Comment #30 by Poisonheadcrab
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:37:53 PM
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Kevin Conroy getting spanked by Warner Brothers? Now THAT I would love to see. Seriously, genuine comedy right there.

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Comment #31 by High Lord Sigma
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 01:40:05 PM
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"Aplrkham?" Mother of God, it's getting worse! We need a doctor, ASAP!

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Comment #32 by metallicorphan
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 02:02:27 PM
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don't forget that there IS another Batman game due for PSV and 3DS:-Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate,but its due the same day as i can't imagine it being Conroy for that game but not origins(set directly after Origins storyline)

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Comment #33 by bradengunn
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 02:28:43 PM
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I'm just throwing this out there but is it possible they will unveil the new Arkham at tomorrows Xbox reveal or at E3 for next gen systems?

Conroy might be aware they were revealing it soon, so presumed that when he heard that a new Arkham had been announced that was his one.

Also I'm slightly tired, so I apologize if that doesn't make sense.

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Comment #34 by Crims0nPenguin
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 02:31:21 PM
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Given the track record of the industry, I find it more likely to believe that Origins is meant to "milk" the series and clear up any confusions for the sequel to Arkham City(Which I believe will be handled by Rocksteady).

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Comment #35 by DRNoob
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 02:32:09 PM
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You guys need to work on your editing skills.

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Comment #36 by sparrowkillaaah
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 02:49:23 PM
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Comment #37 by SDMF TrueBlue
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 03:06:14 PM
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A proper follow-up to Arkham City that can give a real answer to the...uncertain ending? Yes please.

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Comment #38 by Tyger7
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 04:43:30 PM
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If this game is anything like Arkham City I don't want to be bothered. They took the masterpiece of Asylum and ...I don't know what they did. But they need to undo it.

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Comment #39 by hotdogenigma
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 05:54:46 PM
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So milking this franchise now?

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Comment #40 by francisrossi
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 06:02:03 PM
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@32 - Handheld games don't count here.

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Comment #41 by HorsemanOfWar16
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 06:05:09 PM
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I do love the gossip. Fingers crossed - 4 amazing Batman games, I would be spoiled for choice!! :)

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Comment #42 by kaiyo penguin
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 07:56:11 PM
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to be honest im just happy to know that arkham city is getting a proper sequel and conroy is gonna be back for it. :)

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Comment #43 by antilles2210
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 08:25:55 PM
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I thought we already knew this? I could have sworn that I read in earlier coverage that Arkham Origins was being developed in addition to a proper sequel. Well, maybe it was just supposition and this was confirmation. Weird. (I really want to go back and re-read previous coverage to see what gave me that impression.)

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Comment #44 by Chewit
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 03:28:26 AM
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excellent news, now im happy to pick up origins

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Comment #45 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 04:07:11 AM
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So, they're going COD, with separate studios releasing them.

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Comment #46 by ZedChuva
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 08:18:28 AM
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Man I'm tired. I read:

"Voice Actor Outs Batman."

Wait... Batman is gay? Well, that would explain Robin. ;)

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Comment #47 by Clevige
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 07:52:28 PM
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Comment #48 by slowchider
Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 01:44:16 PM
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it's not long after the last but i do love playing some batman xD

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