Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Why Are You Exclusively Mobile?


So, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is the 2.5D tie in to the upcoming console release of the same name, minus the gates of black. The title will be a 3DS and PS Vita exclusive, no doubt, as a means of establishing the brand in new territory. But, why can’t I play it on console!? I’m an insanely huge fan of ChAIR Entertainments Shadow Complex, and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate looks to be everything that drew me to Shadow Complex, and more.


Many will scream Metroid, and why not? It’s also a 2.5D action platformer, and by all regards it’s one of the largest franchises in the genre. The reason I attribute certain aspects of Batman’s 2.5D romp, to Shadow Complex, are the stealth features that are likely to be present in Blackgate. Another similarity will undoubtedly be an arsenal of upgradeable gadgets. The art direction is strikingly similar to another 2.5D action platformer I’ve recently played. Tequila Works was able to create an unsettling zombie thriller in Deadlight. A cool color temperature aided by detailed, yet simplistic graphics made Deadlight’s environments come to life in haunting realism. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate’s cell shaded industrial environments are eerily similar to that of Deadlight.


Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is mixing two of my favorite 2.5D platformers, and what’s assuredly my favorite comic book character. The fact that I don’t own a PS Vita, or 3DS may haunt me come October. Personally I’d like to know the reason that it wouldn’t be smart for Warner Bros. to release the title on the XBLA, PSN, and Steam digital platforms. It’s a shame I won’t be playing Blackgate, and I assure you I won’t be. It’s not a system seller by any means, so that’s my confusion as to why Warner Bros. is overlooking the digital release platform on console/PC. In my humble opinion they’re missing out on a much wider audience that would shell out $20 for another great action platformer. Having said that, I may have just answered my own question. Titles on PS Vita and 3DS are stubbornly sticking to their $40/unit guns. It’d be unfair to offer the same game to console/PC jockeys for $20 less because, let’s face it, we wouldn’t pay any more than that for a 2.5D platformer tie in. If Blackgate sees success maybe we’ll have an eventual release on console. If and when that happens, I’ll be more than happy to shell out $20 for a little Blackgate.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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