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Batman: Arkham Origins getting permadeath 'I Am the Night' mode

Batman: Arkham Origins will feature a new "I Am the Night" mode, which includes only one life.

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Sure, the Arkham games have done a decent job of approximating the feeling of being Batman. But to really deserve the cowl, you need to do it with severe consequences for failure. To that end, Arkham Origins will have a permanent death mode, appropriately called "I Am the Night" after one of the Dark Knight's favored catchphrases.

Arkham Origins producer Guillaume Voghel told Eurogamer that the "I Am the Night" mode features only one life, so dead means dead for good. Considering a large chunk of the plot revolves around assassins with explicit instructions to kill Batman, that sounds pretty rough. He also said it would include no saves, which sounded daunting for a purportedly 12-hour game, but creative director Eric Holmes later corrected that on Twitter.

Voghel also shed a little more light on the recently revealed "Initiation" downloadable content, which will come included with the season pass. It involves Bruce Wayne learning to be a ninja in Asia, marking the first time the series will venture outside Gotham city limits. Instead of being ninja-tutored by Ra's Al Ghul, he'll be taking lessons from Kirigi, who is said to be al Ghul's own teacher.

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    September 30, 2013 6:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Batman: Arkham Origins getting permadeath 'I Am the Night' mode.

    Batman: Arkham Origins will feature a new "I Am the Night" mode, which includes only one life.

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      September 30, 2013 7:07 AM

      ha man, that'd be some super hard core stuff. I died in Arkham city a ton. I'm not the best batman though, but I DID do better than in AA. I think I understood the combat better.

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        September 30, 2013 7:30 AM

        I remember struggling to complete AA on Hard (namely the area where you fight the descending elevators of baddies, including a few TItans) but when I played AC, I remembered the combat mechanics so well that it felt natural.

        I can't wait for AO. I'm half tempted to buy fuck it, I'm buying the collectors edition.

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          September 30, 2013 7:35 AM

          I remember raging in AA, especially at posion ivy. but I also think I missed out on how some it worked for a while with AA. When I died in AC it was always close.

          Though this was on good ol normal, hard would be pretty tough. guess then you need to be more batman like and stealth up a bit more.

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        September 30, 2013 9:29 AM

        I kicked ass at the combat, but where failing stealth meant insta-death (guns) I had a few problems. Nothing that stopped me from finishing both excellent games, but not something I'd ever attempt a one-life mode on.

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          September 30, 2013 2:29 PM

          Yeah, both AA and AC had some cheap deaths in them in certain spots. Trying a perma-death mode feels like the path to madness.