Kevin Conroy Returning In Arkham Origins, Deathstroke Playable [Update]
I very nearly typed Deadpool instead of Deathstroke, had I not noticed this I suspect a fist would actually push itself out of my monitor and punch me square in the face. Anyway, many of you might not know who Kevin Conroy is but you will recognise his voice.
Conroy is the best known voice for Batman, after perhaps Bale’s gravel mouthed growl. He’s voiced the Dark Knight since the animated series back in the early 90’s and is still going strong today with roles in both preceding Arkham games. It was rumoured that Conroy would not be returning as Batman and this sent fans into something of a furor because I mean this is the definitive voice of Batman after all. However, it seems there was nothing to worry about although Conroy isn’t getting younger and Arkham Origins is supposed to depict a more youthful Dark Knight.
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“I can talk about it now,” he said during a panel at Dallas Comic Con. “We’ve been working for about nine or ten months on the next Arkham game. We all signed contracts so we weren’t allowed to talk about it. The studio likes to completely control the rollout of any product, so they don’t like us to talk about anything, but it’s now been announced.
“It’s an unbelievable game, I still can’t say anything about it, and you don’t want me to anyway because it will ruin it for you, but it’s amazing. It’s a huge, huge cast, and a big story. It took almost a year of writing to put it together. They’ve been working on it a long time.”
Now, what’s this about playing as Deathstroke? It’s a very interesting prospect considering he will e one of the game’s key antagonists judging by all the promotional media released thus far. Playing as Catwoman in Arkham City gave us something a little different from Batman but she was still effectively one of the good guys. Deathstroke is rather firmly on the dark side here so it should give us a chance to play both sides. However it’s pre-order exclusive DLC on Amazon. That’s the part that sucks. That said, there is always the chance of this pre-order bonus being expanded to other retailers and possibly becoming available to the public post-release.
Batman: Arkham Origins is due out on October 25 for current-gen consoles and PC.
Well this is rather awkward and confusing but it seems as if Kevin Conroy won’t be the only one voicing Batman in Arkham Origins. IGN reports that Roger Craig Smith, who has voiced Ezio and Chris Redfield in recent years, is set to play the Dark Knight. However, Conroy’s statement made it quite apparent that he is still involved with Arkham Origins in some regard just not the role we initially believed him to be playing. As if that wasn’t enough, Troy Baker will be voicing Joker now that Mark Hamill has officially relinquished his role as the Clown Prince of Crime. Who is Troy Baker? Why he’s Booker deWitt from BioShock Infinite.
Conroy has now confirmed that he will be voicing a character in an Arkham game this year but it isn’t Arkham Origins. Does that mean Rocksteady is working on something else or is he perhaps involved in the Vita tie-in to Arkham Origins?