Batman: Arkham Origins is set to receive brand new story DLC in 2014, according to a recent post on the game’s official Facebook page.
After posting a teaser image inviting fans to attend the “Humanitarian of the Year Awards at Wayne Manor,” a second image was posted. It leads bat-savvy fans to the conclusion that Mr. Freeze will be breaking the ice when the content releases later this year.
Victor Frieze has seen a recent alteration of his origin story in The New 52 comic runs. Traditionally, Fries falls in love with his wife Nora before she is killed in cryo-stasis after an explosion simultaneously alters Fries’ body temperature, molding him into the supervillain we know him as today.
But in The New 52 comic run, Fries becomes fascinated by cryogenics after he watches his mother fall through a frozen lake, leaving her in incurable pain. Of course, Fries does what any normal cryogenics obsessed child would do; he pushes his mother into the frozen lake to end her suffering. After his her death, Fries moves on in life to attend college, where he writes a doctoral thesis on none other than, Nora Fields, a young woman diagnosed with a terminal heart disease and placed in cryogenic stasis.
Fries’ knowledge in cryogenics leads him to work as a researcher at Wayne Enterprises where Nora is being stored and over time, he falls in love. After his love becomes an unhealthy obsession, Bruce Wayne fatefully attempts to shut down the research, which results in the birth of Mr. Freeze.
It will be interesting to see how the character is handled within Batman: Arkham Origins, especially the ways that his signature abilities will factor into gameplay. Regardless of the origin they choose to tell, or create, Victor Fries will certainly prove to be an interesting addition.
What are your thoughts on Batman: Arkham Origins exploring one of the coldest villains in the DC Universe? Are you excited to see what Mr. Freeze brings to the Arkham universe, or are you still thawing out after Batman and Robin? Be sure to chill out in the comments below.