So, while we don’t know a whole lot, we’ve seen some fabulous teasers and trailers, and there’s been some tantalizing tidbits from reliable sources. It’s coming out soon – June 23rd, world-wide – but until we can all get our hands on a copy, here’s a summary of everything we know so far about Batman: Arkham Knight.
It’s being launched on PS4, XO, and PC, but won’t appear on PS3, Xbox360, or Wii U, so is an awesome excuse to go get yourself a next gen console if you haven’t got one already. Or treat yourself to a shiny new gaming PC.
Batman: Arkham Knight is allegedly the final episode – occurring after 2013’s Batman: Arkham Origins and one year after the events of 2011’s Batman: Arkham City. Rocksteady Studios are back in the driving seat.
So far, we know that Batman: Arkham Knight takes place a year after Arkham City and the death of Batman’s nemesis, the Joker. The Scarecrow threatens the people of Gotham with fear gas-filled bombs planted throughout the city, leading to the mass evacuation of the 6 million citizens. Only Batman and the police – who are seriously outnumbered – remain in Gotham with the criminals. Unfortunately for Batman, a number of his oldest and most dangerous enemies, including Penguin, Riddler, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn, are united with the single-minded goal of killing him. So he must fight to save himself as well as the city.
Unlike other renditions of the Batman games, Arkham Knight has a much bigger playable world and is approximately five times bigger than the Arkham City Prison featured in Arkham City. Interestingly, there are no load times anywhere within the city, which will definitely prove a hit with players, as there’s no more waiting around for the next section of map to load. The city is split into three island districts that players are free to explore.
Batman: Arkham Knight is single-player only, with no co-op or competitive modes available or even planned for future inclusion at this point. Instead, developers Rocksteady Studios say they wanted to create the very best single player adventure possible. So – Be the Batman:
As is expected nowadays, there’s more planned for the game than just the original story. There’s numerous DLC packs planned, including a Scarecrow Night Missions pack. After the initial game release, there’s also a season pass planned which will give purchasers six months of additional content, including additional missions, more super-villains, extra challenge maps and driveable race tracks, and a variety of character and vehicle skins. The pass also includes a prequel expansion pack called Batgirl: A Matter of Family, and will see players take on the role of Batgirl. Two pre-order story packs are also available where players take on the roles of Harley Quinn and Red Hood.
There’s plenty of heroes and villains, of course. Aside from Batman, you can look forward to seeing:
- James Gordon
- Barbara Gordon
- Harley Quinn
- Poison Ivy
Annnd…. All new super villain, Arkham Knight!
For the first time in the Batman games, you can take advantage of Dual Play and temporarily switch from Batman to one of his allies during free-flow combat – although only in certain missions, and only with certain characters, who include Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman. Although this is presently unconfirmed, it also looks like you’ll be able to perform some pretty impressive double-team moves.
In Arkham Knight, you can drive the Batmobile, for the complete Batman experience. What’s more, you can summon in to any location when you’re on foot or even when you’re gliding through the air. When the need arises, you can summon it to your location, then blow holes through walls with it.
Set your Batmobile to Battle Mode and turn it into a powerful, agile battle tank and take advantage of the impressive weapons, including homing and stun missiles. And, of course, when you want a break from action adventure and missions, you can head to any one of the race tracks and enjoy a little high-octane Batmobile action. You can take an interactive tour of the Batmobile and get all the specs here.
As we learn more, we’ll keep you updated!
– Katy Willis