May 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM ET
Ever since "Arkham Asylum" was first released in 2009, the acclaimed series of "Batman" games from Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. have become something of a gold standard for intense and insanely satisfying melee combat. Batman is one of the icons who helped pioneer the exclamatory "POW!" that would enunciate every one of a superhero's punches in comic books of yore, after all, so it was only fitting that a video game developer finally came out with a game that made punching just as much of a guilty pleasure.
Though there is nary a "POW!" in the new trailer for the upcoming "Batman: Arkham Origins," the Dark Knight's super fisticuffs are still on full display. In a scene that looks like it could have been straight from Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, Batman goes head-to-head with his arch-nemesis Deathstroke. In keeping with the Caped Crusader's tradition (or what would now probably be called his "brand"), Batman just relies on his fists and exceedingly expensive, high-tech superhero costume — even when taking down a supervillain who's wielding what look like two samurai swords.
This is a new CGI trailer, so the action in "Arkham Origins" may not be quite as exciting when the game finally comes out next fall. But if the first two "Arkham" games are any indication, actually playing as the Dark Knight will be even more fun. The new game's story is also being written by Corey May, who has previously worked on popular action-adventure franchises like "Assassin's Creed" and "Prince of Persia," so you know that there will be more than enough historical context to explain why Batman has to punch the living daylights out of Deathstroke when the time comes.
"Batman: Arkham Origins" will be out Oct. 25 for the Xbox 360, Windows PC, PlayStation 3 and Wii U. NBC News will be taking a closer look at the game next month at E3. In the meantime, watch the new trailer below.
Yannick LeJacq is a contributing writer for NBC News who has also covered games for Kill Screen, The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic. You can follow him on Twitter at @YannickLeJacq and reach him by email email@example.com.