Some fans were surprised to hear that the recently announced Batman: Arkham Origins game was being developed by WB Games Montreal instead of Rocksteady, the company behind the successful Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Rocksteady co-founder Sefton Hill had some kind words for the new studio in a statement given to CVG:
Rocksteady is excited to see WB Games Montreal developing the prequel to the Batman Arkham franchise. We are confident this talented team will craft a fantastic experience, bringing the origins of the Arkhamverse to life.
It’s not like they’re jumping into Batman: Arkham Origins cold… WB Games Montreal already has some experience with Rocksteady’s code and game engine. They developed Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, which was released last November for the Wii U.
No one has said why Rocksteady isn’t making the next Batman: Arkham game, but there were some rumors that surfaced last summer that said Rocksteady was working on a Justice League game. Perhaps they’re hard at work on a title that will be released next year for the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox?