Batman: Arkham Origins - Deathstroke Preorder Bonus Walkthrough

Steam preorder bonus character Deathstroke is only available in Challenge mode inside the story mode, here's how to access him!

To see more Batman: Arkham Origins walkthroughs and common bug fixes, see the Master List

Batman: Arkham Origins is out, and with a vengeance. Steam servers hit a few hiccups while getting the game out to fans busy pre-loading, which is why a few (myself included) had to restart the download a few times in order to get it going.

By now though, most people have gotten the game squarely installed and ready for play. And one of the first things you want to know is: how do I play as Deathstroke?

Deathstroke, of course, is the much-anticipated preorder bonus on Steam for Arkham Origins

Before you do anything though, check to make sure that your game comes with the preorder bonus. Certain NVIDIA cards were sold with a promotional code for Arkham Origins, and these are not supposed to include the preorder bonus. 

user: dokbido
I have purchased GeForce 760 and it comes with Batman: Arkham Origins code. So I have activated my game on Steam without having a problem. My question is this game comes with pre-purchase DLC on Steam with the codes that NVIDIA provided and we will also get that DLC?

user: Limpetz

Yes, it is counted as Pre-Ordered. But I am afraid the Pre-Purchase Offer to play as Deathstroke is valid only from Steam. Its valid only when you pre-order the game on Steam.

Other users reported contacting Steam and receiving the response confirming the Nvidia promotional code does not include the preorder bonus.

However, I said "not supposed to" up above because thanks to an issue on the Steam side, if you input these codes into Steam before release date and started pre-loading, you will have gotten Deathstroke as well. One Steam forum user also reported finding a Downloaded Map under Challenges as well. 

This issue has since been fixed, so if you haven't done so already... time to wait for the DLC.

If you did preorder through Steam and are certain that you have Deathstroke, let's make one thing clear right from the get-go. Unlike the different (and pretty immersion-breaking) Batsuits you can outfit your character with, like Nightwing and Catwoman in previous Batman: Arkham releases as preorder bonuses, you will not be able to play Deathstroke in normal Story Mode. 

It appears that (at least for the moment) he is strictly playable in Challenge Mode.

In normal story mode, you will not be able to access this until you play at least the very first section of the story which outlines the plot. (This should only take about 15-20 minutes on the outside.)

Once you reach the Batcave, you will be able to access the Training Console.

From here, you have the option of selecting Deathstroke as a playable character.

Unfortunately, if you are playing through for the first time and have just gotten to the Batcave for the first time, you will be unable to do much beyond getting a first look at the character and the different selectable costumes (Injustice Deathstroke and Judas Contract Deathstroke). At the moment, the console is usable only for Combat Training as Batman, all of the Challenge maps are currently locked and you will have to play through the story mode in order to unlock them. 

As you may have noticed, playing through the first 20 minutes of the game, extra content unlocks come quick and easy, so it should not take very long before you are able to start in on the Challenge maps and try out Deathstroke for the first time.

I haven't played far enough to find out when the first challenge map unlocks, but for those of you with the glitched NVIDIA codes who might have that extra downloaded map, maybe you could give us a better idea!

I will update as I find out more. Included in the preorder bonus are supposed to be two Challenge maps, but so far I do not know if they are supposed to come unlocked to start.

To see more Batman: Arkham Origins walkthroughs and common bug fixes, see the Master List

Published Oct. 25th 2013
  • Theodor_5769
    uhm... i bought the game on Friday, the 25th, because i saw it in the steam store, but i now see that i have this dlc, even though i didnt preorder? thats wierd aint it?
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    How odd... and lucky! Good for you! I've seen lots of reports of people getting the DLC when they're not supposed to, but that was usually through pre-order codes for Steam that weren't sold by Steam. Your case is different. Neat!
  • Germaximus
    I'm one of the lucky ones who got the DLC with my new PC. I got a new gaming PC a month ago that came with one of the promotional video cards and had activated my code immediately, and of course preloaded the game, which seemed to end up being pointless because of the unpacking that had to happen. Cool thing is I got the DLC.

    I think I deserve it though as my PC was really expensive and I think it's kind of silly of them not to have given it to people with the promotional video card on purpose. Why does that even make sense? Stupid silly rules and crap.

    I have not played the DLC map yet, I did see it in my challenges though! =)
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    I think because the preorder bonuses are incentives for buying through Steam specifically. Like why retail copies from different stores will have different bonuses for some games. Just in digital form.
  • Germaximus
    Oh was Steam the only one with that pre-order bonus? I thought it was the same bonus if you pre-ordered anywhere. I guess that makes more sense then.
    I'd still be mad though. It's not like those video cards are cheap. =p

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