After a blockbuster video game that thoroughly explored Arkham Asylum and a follow-up set in a section of Gotham City that featured every significant landmark from Crime Alley to Ace Chemicals, you might be wondering where they could go next. This week, we found out, when Batman: Arkham Origins producer Guillaume Voghel revealed that they wouldn't just be taking Batman back to the past, they'd be packing him up and sending him off to Ninja School.

Well, the term they used was "a monastery in Asia" and not "ninja school," but if you'd rather think of shadowy intrigue and instruction on poisonous darts than an owl bringing young Bruce Wayne his acceptance letter to Kirigi's School of Ninjacraft and Ninjary, that's your problem.

Batman's ninja training will be covered in a DLC pack called "Initiation," and according to Voghel, it adds "a little more background story" to Arkham Origins' take on Batman's early years fighting off a bunch of assassins which will hopefully include the KGBeast:

"It’s not League of Assassins, it’s ninja-related. It’s when he learned to be a ninja and learned those techniques. He goes to a monastery – custom content was created for the DLC. You’ll be in Asia in the monastery. The team did a great job on that, it looks really good.”

The character that has been confirmed is Kirigi, a character introduced by Jim Owsley (now Christopher Priest) and the legendary Jim Aparo in the pages of Batman #431 as, well, the person who taught Batman how to be a ninja and gave him the secret of the devastating Vibrating Palm Technique.




That issue, incidentally, also includes Batman beating up ninjas with a frying pan, and it's well worth reading.

In addition to Kirigi and his monestary, Vohel also revealed a few new features of the game. Like Arkham City, there will be a New Game+ mode, but there's also a new twist on difficulty: "I Am The Night" Mode, in which players are limited to one life -- although they will be allowed to save -- as they fight their way through a 12-hour story mode.

Arkham Origins is out on October 25.

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