Mattel's kinda catch-all 4" tall DC Multiverse action figure line is set to kick off 2014 with half a dozen heroes and villains from the Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins video games. Batman leads the line with two figures of the hero in his standard and armored Wii U Arkham City suits, respectively, joined by AC versions of Mr. Freeze and Azrael. On the Arkham Origins side of the line are figures of Bane and Deadshot, suited up for snowy combat in Gotham.
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It looks like DC Collectibles is going to make fans of DC's video game's pretty happy come March. Batman: Arkham Origins will get four more 6.75" action figures as part of the line's second series, including Deadshot, Deathstroke and the newly unveiled Firefly and Anarky. Scribblenauts Unmasked will also expand with 11 new 2.25" blind-boxed figures, such as Cyborg, Blue Beetle (Jamie Reyes) and Superman Blue. Joining all the video game goodness are more New 52 Crime Syndicate action figures, a Sinestro bust, statues of Huntress, Superman and Batman, and hefty Fables bookends. You can see all of DC's December solicitation info, after the jump.
TV: A new CG Alvin and the Chipmunks series, ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks, is in the works at Bagdasarian Productions and Genao Productions with a 2015 release date in mind.
We've already gotten a look at one previously unnamed character appearing in Batman: Arkham Origins this week, but some new screenshots from the WB Games Montreal title show Firefly isn't the only surprise in store.
One of the shots depicts Batman getting ready to pummel some rabbit-masked thugs point pretty clearly to The Mad Hatter, who we actually saw in a previous image. Other images include Anarky and his thugs, much closer looks at Firefly, and a glimpse of a sword-wielding woman who looks a whole lot like she could be Katana.
A new trailer for WB Games Montreal's Batman: Arkham Origins offers a reminder that the Dark Knight's got "eight assassins after head," and offers up a pretty good look at what he'll be dealing with. Big boss Black Mask, The Joker, Bane, Deathstroke, Copperhead, and the just-announced Firefly all make appearances. Not only that, but pair of cutscenes with Alfred and James Gordon (presumably before he was a commissioner... maybe lieutenant?) are featured, too.
The trailer also gives fans their first good listens to the new voices for Batman and The Joker -- Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker -- who seem to be doing their best Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill impressions. See it all in motion after the jump.
Part of the hook of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City was that they put Batman in difficult environments, separate from a workable base of operations (though he did have a sort of mini-Batcave in Asylum).
It looks like WB Games Montreal's new Batman: Arkham Origins will change that up a bit. New screens show that the Batcave will be in the game, though it's not totally clear yet whether it'll be a playable environment or just available in cutscenes. Check out an early look at the Batcave and some high-kicking action after the cut.
With Warner Bros Interactive releasing the details of the Batman: Arkham Origins Collected Editions earlier today, fans of the video game franchises are understandably excited. But at $119.99, it's double the price of the regular game. It's not surprising, given the crazy amount of stuff in the set, but it's still a bit steep. So we decided we'd do our share to help, and we're teaming up with Arcade Sushi to give away a free XBox 360 version of the set.
I try to be responsible with my video game purchases, but let's be honest: the key word there is "try." As much as I tend to wait for a price drop for a lot of things, the fact that there's a miniature Dubstep Gun and a rotating Saints Row IV display case on their way to my house at this very moment is irrefutable evidence that I'm a sucker for a good Collector's Edition -- and for the upcoming release of Batman: Arkham Origins, WB Games has gone all out in trying to to get $119.00 out of me. How? Nothing much. Just some posters, art books, a light-up statue. You know, the usual.
Oh, and also Purple Gloves Batman and a documentary narrated by f**king Dracula.
If you were just kind of excited about Batman: Arkham Origins, but really thought what the whole package needed was a statue of Batman hoisting The Joker up by his lapels, boy, does WB Games Montreal have something for you.
The newly announced collector's edition of the game includes just such a statue, standing 30 cm. Along with it come a 30-page art book, a metal case for the game disc, a pack of villain dossiers and a collector's box. Also included are the first three DLC packs: two costume packs and the Deathstroke challenge pack.
A complaint you sometimes hear about online multiplayer components of AAA video games is that you never get to play as the star or stars of the single-player campaign. Maybe that's why WB Games Montreal and Splash Damage designed the multiplayer aspect of Batman: Arkham Origins so that one player out of eight gets to actually wear the cape and cowl, at least for a round.
Check out the trailer for the multiplayer mode, which features "3 vs. 3 vs. 2" combat, below.