Monday, April 29, 2013

Batman: Arkham Origins: Kevin Conroy won't be returning to voice Batman

It's certainly not the best news to hear as April 2013 ends, and it's literally a game changer in every sense of the word.

Via word from Batman-News and Arkhamverse, a story from this month's issue of South African gaming magazine NAG reports that legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy won't be returning to play the Caped Crusader in this year's upcoming Batman prequel game, Batman: Arkham Origins.

The new studio and developer of the game, WB Games Montreal, explains that they want to tap a younger voice actor for the role, since Arkham Origins focuses on a younger and more inexperienced Batman who has to evade and battle eight deadly assassins sent to kill him on Christmas Eve.

With Conroy last playing the role of Batman in this month's DC Universe brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us, it's truly sad news to hear. After all, he's the longest actor to play Batman, voicing the role for over 20 years since Batman: The Animated Series! It's certainly the biggest change after fellow DC Animated Universe alum Mark Hamill's retired from playing The Joker after Batman: Arkham City. With Rocksteady Studios not developing this game at all and Batman writer Paul Dini not writing the story, it all truly makes Arkham Origins a new game and experience in itself. For more information on the story, visit the source post at Batman-News, NAG, and Arkhamverse!

Batman: Arkham Origins hits PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U on October 25th.

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