First off – before I saw yesterday’s newly minted trailer for the multiplayer mode coming to  Batman: Arkham Origins I thought it was going to be another tacked on multiplayer mode to a series that’s done fine without it so far. I’ve played  Dead Space 2 and  BioShock 2 … I was far from keen on multi then.

Getting it right

But – and this is a big but – I did mellow out towards multiplayer elements being added on to series with the release of  Mass Effect 3 . In fact the multiplayer was my favourite aspect of the entire game. Generally however, I feel a degree of mental anguish when multiplayer is proposed for series that hasn’t had it before. Just because EA and BioWare got it right once doesn’t mean that anyone else will easily be able to replicate what happened in  ME3 .

At least – that’s what I was thinking until I saw this:

Excited

And now… now I’m excited about a multiplayer mode being added onto a franchise – again! Then I looked at the end of the trailer a little closer.

Closer.

The Wii U version of Arkham Origins  wasn’t being included in the multiplayer rollout, at least according to the video. Then a statement over at Eurogamer from a Warner Brothers spokesperson confirmed this:

 “The team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest MP audience.”

Why should I care, eh? After all, I’ve got an Xbox 360 with an up-to-date Gold subscription. Thing is: I’ve also got a Wii U and I’ve played  Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition  on the console, as well as playing to death the regular game on 360. Yet playing  Arkham City  on the Wii U was a fantastic experience due to how the game tablet made you feel like you were really Batman, pulling up interfaces and configuring gadgets.

Which to pre-order?

With the multiplayer announcement I feel like I’m being made to choose between an engaging interface and having access to what looks to be an interesting take on multiplayer. I truly do not know which format I want to pre-order it on since this announcement. And of course I’m going to play this game somehow, because I think Batman is awesome.

I could buy both formats, but that seems a ridiculous choice to be forced to make. Perhaps what annoys me most is that the Wii U being overlooked in this manner is but one instance in a long list of publisher snubbing that’s been taking place this year. Sure, Nintendo is partly to blame for the flagging sales, but even around launch third-party weren’t giving it much of a chance. The negative feedback loop that publishers are creating for the console is clearly not going to help it pick up sales and create a large “MP audience”.

  • dmosbon

    Hey Em. Which platform did you decide on in the end? I went with PS3…

    • http://www.nerdsassemble.co.uk/ milliways

      360.

      • dmosbon

        Boo.