The trailer for the new downloadable content (DLC) for Batman: Arkham Origins has arrived, and is aptly named Cold, Cold Heart, in reference to the Hank Williams song of the same name, that is heard as covered by Troy ‘The Joker’ Baker during the original gameplay’s credits.
However, this DLC will contain much more than a few extra costumes or challenge maps. The teaser-like trailer, which first debuted on episode 204 of DC All Access, seems to suggest that the origins of one of Batman’s frostiest foes, Mr Freeze, will be the focus of this add-on.
For those unfamiliar with Batman’s rogues, Mr Freeze is a villain who uses cryogenics in his weaponry but is only motivated by a desire to save his terminally ill, cryogenically frozen wife by any means necessary. From the trailer, all that has been determined is the plot will centre on the GothCorp Company where the Wayne Foundation has awarded someone as the Humanitarian Of The Year.
This anti-villain is hoped to create a new open world, narrative-based DLC that will feel more like, as WB Games Vice President of Production suggests, a “mini-chapter” for Arkham Origins, whereby Batman will need to adapt his bat suit in order to overcome the extreme cold he is sure to run into within this DLC. The creators claim that through the use of a new inventory, such as the Extreme Conditions Suit, gameplay will forever be changed.
It is no surprise for the game developers to create a DLC about Dr Freeze however, as he has become a favourite villain of many a Batman fan. Additionally, there was speculation as to why he was not in the original plot already as, having been set around Christmas Day, it seemed like the perfect narrative to introduce him into.
Be prepared to feel a chill in the air this spring, as Cold, Cold Heart will be released on 22nd April.