Single-Player Only Batman Arkham Origins on Wii U Discounted $10


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When Batman Arkham Origins releases on Wii U on October 25, it will cost $50. The $10 discount, however, comes at a cost: this tablet-enhanced version of Origins will not feature multiplayer. It’s a weird call. A decision made more bizarre when you hear the logic from publisher Warner Bros. in summer: “The team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest MP audience.” Fans might like the $10 price cut, but Warner Bros. decision to forgo multiplayer creates a Catch-22. The publisher doesn’t want to include multiplayer on Wii U due to the relatively small community, yet the community won’t flourish without multiplayer support. How do you feel about this dilemma? What resolution do you propose?


Source: Kotaku

Rakim Reid is many things -- a blogger, husband, student -- but video games have been in his life longer than any of them. He has written about the video game industry over the years in his spare time and has plans to expand into the e-book realm. He is a avid Nintendo fan and continues to play the company's latest games. You can find him curled up next to his 3DS in his downtime.


  1. I could have sworn that quote came from someone from Splash Damage. Am I mistaken?

  2. The quote came from a Warner Bros. spokesperson in response to inquiries by Eurogamer and IGN. You can see that article from late July at . The links to both outlets are included too. Cheers!

  3. Derp, sorry ’bout that then, Rakim.

    Well, a $50 high-profile release price is not too shabby. I still think that Warner/Splash borked everything by not including the multiplayer — that said, first impressions of the multiplayer mode are apparently not “shining praise” levels. So, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise, who knows.

  4. Well, it depends from which point of view you analyze it. If you are a Nintendo supporter, you can say that at least they aren’t scratching the game from the Wii U alltogether and the discount is a good thing

    But if you are a hardcore gamer, they will say “the Wii U version is the worst so no, i don’t want that version”

    It’s situations like this where i believe Nintendo could have done extra efforts to convince the third party company and deliver great games for their console

    I hope this changes soon, if not, we will have a Wii situation all over again. The new consoles will have much better graphics so all the big games will only come out on those systems and all third parties will say “i wont release it on Wii U because it doesnt suppport our great game ”


  5. @BornFlunky: It’s alright.

    @Polov: I agree with your assessment. I also suspect developers and publishers have a slight case of anti-Nintendo bias.

  6. @Rakim

    Totally agree, the majority of big game developers have a current default thought that Nintendo consoles only sell 1st party games and that hardcore gamers will not buy their big games for Nintendo consoles. And this is because it’s kinda true :S

    Nintendo needs to do whatever is necessary to sell much more consoles, or convince 3rd parties to put their games on the Wii U in some other way. Hard core gamers alone wont jump into the Wii U if there are no hard core games on it

  7. Couldn’t care less about multiplayer, particularly in a story-based Batman game. Saving ten bucks is great.

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