Arkham Origins relies heavily on an arcade-style combat system, and is not heavily story-driven. Using a series of quick, penetrated attacks by swiping and tapping the screen with their fingers, combined with blocking and altering Batman's stance, players can unleash a combo of strikes that can be used to defeat enemies one at a time. The "Assault" stance allows more damage to be inflicted on enemies, while the "Guarded" stance allows the player to retain and strengthen their defense and offers them the ability to heal over time. Like the console version, enemy attacks are prompted with icons that help the player to block, evade or counter them. The same prompts are used when the player strikes an enemy, in order to help them chain their attacks. As such, the game also incorporates some role-playing game elements.
The developer, NetherRealm Studios, used some features from its previous mobile games, as well as some new ones. Such features would include: WayneTech points, used to give Batman pre-mission boosts that can temporarily increase his strength in certain areas; Upgrade points, used to improve Batman's suit, abilities, and attack power; the inclusion of gadgetry and special attacks in combat; and modifiers that can help or hurt the player's performance in combat. Some gadgets from the previous games return in Arkham Origins, including: the Batarang, a throwing weapon; and the Shock Gloves (displayed in first-person perspective), which can increase the power of Batman's punches after a build-up of kinetic energy.Arkham Origins offers side missions, daily challenges, and boss rematches that can help to improve the player's combat skills, and are rewarded with bonuses.
In game screenshot of Batman: Arkham Origins (mobile) showing the mission selection screen.
Arkham Origins features returning characters from its console counterpart. The main character is Batman, a superhero trained to the peak of human physical perfection and an expert in martial arts. His skills are put to the test by proficient assassins including: the physically dominating Bane, the expert marksman Deadshot, the veteran mercenary Deathstroke, the poisonous contortionist Copperhead, the pyromaniac Firefly and the voltaic Electrocutioner.
The events of Arkham Origins take place in Gotham City, and like Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, the game does not offer players the ability to roam the environment freely. Instead, Gotham is separated into four districts: Downtown Gotham, Industrial District, Uptown Gotham, and The Docks, each offering missions that can be unlocked successively, as players proceed into the game's main missions.