Batman: Arkham Origins will introduce multiplayer to the Arkham game series, with the addition of Invisible Predator Online mode. This 3 vs. 3 vs. 2 mode is an extension of the Challenge Rooms seen in previous games.
Eight players take to the streets of Gotham in the game’s multiplayer mode: three Joker thugs, three Bane thugs, and two heroes in the form of Batman and Robin. The thugs compete to wipe out the other team and capture control points in what plays out like a third-person, cover-based shooter. Meanwhile, the two heroes prowl the playfield in an attempt to intimidate enemies and provoke the gang leaders into calling the whole operation off.
When playing as Batman or Robin, variety matters. Repeating the same takedowns over and over will result in lower and lower intimidation yields, so you’ll need to get creative. Hide in ducts and score a takedown when someone passes over you, then grapple to a gargoyle overhead to get the drop on another unsuspecting thug. Set some explosive gel and wait for the right moment to detonate, while hiding in the shadows for a surprise chokeout. The more you mix it up, the better your chances. Whatever you do, though, be careful — getting taken out will bolster your foes’ confidence, undoing a good chunk of the progress you’ve made so far.
Knowing that Batman or Robin could be around any corner adds tension to the game, while the main goals of the thugs are to eliminate the opposing gang’s forces and capture the map’s control points.
Once the match has progressed a bit, the leader of your gang will radio in and demand entry into the arena. The first person on either team to reach the door they’re waiting at will assume actual control of either the Joker or Bane depending on their allegiance that round. The gang leader is, as one would assume, vastly more powerful than the standard henchmen, and can often turn the tide in a seemingly one-sided battle.
There’s an engrossing customization element to the game, as well. You can outfit all three factions with unlockable gear and outfits that you’ll earn throughout your time playing Invisible Predator Online. These range from practical upgrades like new weapons and additional loadout slots, to more fun options like the ever-popular Animated Series Batman costume.
While Robin (Tim Drake) does exist in the Invisible Predator Online Mode, it remains true that he will not be a part of the single-player campaign. The costume used in this mode is more similar to the comic book or Animated Series versions, but the hooded Robin costume from Arkham City has been confirmed as an unlockable.