Since Batman: Arkham Origins was released last October, fans have known that new story-related downloadable content (DLC) would be forthcoming. Today, DC Entertainment and WB Games Montréal announced that the DLC will be arriving on April 22nd, and will be entitled “Cold, Cold Heart.” See the trailer below!
The mournful and unmistakable rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” would seem to indicate that this part of the story takes place on New Year’s, just about a week after the events of the main Arkham Origins story mode. Eagle-eyed Batman fans will notice some undoubtedly familiar circumstances in this trailer, particularly the company GothCorp, a “Humanitarian of the Year” award, and of course, Mr. Freeze himself. It would appear that “Cold, Cold Heart” is adapting one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed Batman stories of the last twenty-five years as the backbone of this DLC: the “Batman: The Animated Series” episode “Heart of Ice.”
In that episode, written by Arkham Asylum and Arkham City scribe Paul Dini, GothCorp CEO Ferris Boyle was presented with a special humanitarian award when his party was crashed by Mr. Freeze. Prior to that moment, we discover that Boyle’s humanitarian persona conceals a cutthroat corporate mogul, who denies GothCorp scientist Victor Fries the resources needed to conduct medical research that could save his terminally ill wife’s life. A resulting confrontation between Boyle and Fries causes the scientist to be caught in an accident, which gives rise to the calculating and outwardly emotionless villain. While Batman (and Boyle’s business partner Bruce Wayne) learns of Boyle’s two-faced nature, he also now has to face off against a man who will become one of his most formidable adversaries.
Playing these events in the fantastic engine of the Arkham games should be a great experience, but there may also be a high set of expectations that come with the inclusion of Freeze in the prequel game. As pointed out in our retro review of 2011’s Arkham City, the Mr. Freeze boss battle was a definite highlight of that game’s already stellar single player experience, and many gamers are likely skeptical of the ability of Origins developer WB Games Montréal to improve on a highlighted aspect of Rocksteady Studios’ defining experience from Arkham City. Still, most Bat-fans are likely curious to see if they are, in fact, up to the challenge.
Our review of Arkham Origins felt the game was solid overall, but far more stagnant and far less innovative than the prior two entries in the series.
“Cold, Cold Heart” will be hitting the PC, Xbox Live Marketplace, and PlayStation Network on April 22nd, while the DLC has unfortunately been cancelled for the Wii U. Owners of the Arkham Origins Season Pass will get the new content for free, while other gamers will likely have to pay around $6.99 (the price of previous DLC packs for both City and Origins) to download it on its own. For people curious to see the animated episode this pack looks to be based upon, Amazon Prime members can stream “Heart of Ice” for free at Amazon Instant Video!
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