Online multiplayer is officially confirmed for Batman: Arkham Origins — a first for the series. The multiplayer mode is being developed by British studio Splash Damage so that WB Games Montreal can focus solely on the single player game.

Multiplayer consists of 2 vs. 3 vs. 3 gameplay. Players will be able to pick 1 of 3 teams — the heroes (Batman and Robin), Bane’s thugs (three players) and the Joker’s elite thugs (three players). If you choose to play as Batman or Robin the multiplayer will play a lot like an Invisible Predator challenge map, only this time the enemies are controlled by other online players. If you play as Bane or the Joker’s thugs, you have to take each other out, while watching out for Batman and Robin. Multiplayer will be available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of the game. Sorry Wii U owners.

Polygon got a hands-on preview of the new online multiplayer mode. Head on over there for their preview and interview with developers from Splash Damage. Check out the multiplayer reveal trailer and full press release below for more info:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today confirmed that Batman: Arkham Origins will ship with a mode that allows players to take the franchise’s award-winning gameplay online to play with friends and foes.  The online component blends the traditional Arkham gameplay with third-person shooter mechanics and is in development by Splash Damage.

The online mode will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.  The game is scheduled to launch worldwide Oct. 25, 2013.

The Batman: Arkham Origins Online mode offers players the chance to hunt as Batman or Robin against the most challenging opponents yet, friends and other gamers online.  Players can also take on the role of a Super-Villain Elite and get a peek behind the curtain of what it’s like to side with The Joker or Bane as they establish their legacy by taking down Batman and Robin, and anyone else who gets in their way.  Fans will even be able call in the ultimate reinforcement to help turn the tide in any match by playing as The Joker or Bane themselves.