Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight has been confirmed. Earlier today, UK retailer GAME let the bat out of the bag by listing it on its website. Now, Game Informer has given a sneak peak at its next cover, which is Batman: Arkham Knight, confirming its existence.
And now there’s a trailer, “Father to Son”, which shows how Bruce’s deceased father’s will drives him to protect Gotham City. There’s an official site, to boot.
On top of expanding the game-space, with Rocksteady crafting a much larger area than we saw in Arkham City, the iconic Batmobile will feature prominently. “An entirely new area of Gotham City, far larger than Arkham City, has much wider streets to accommodate the new driving gameplay that is designed to integrate smoothly with Batman's gliding and grappling traversal,” explains the Game Informer reveal. “Batman chases down super villains Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, and more.”
Arkham Knight will be the last in Rocksteady’s Arkham series, and after the disappointing (but still rather fun) Arkham Origins, developed by Warner Bros. Montreal, there’s a wee bit of damage to be undone.
What I’d like to see more than anything else is a living Gotham City. Gotham itself has gotten the short shrift outside of the comics in recent years, relegating it from its position as almost a character in the comics and Tim Burton films to merely a location for Batman to fight in during Christopher Nolan’s films and in Arkham Origins. Batman’s such a dangerous chap, always able to survive, so the threats in Origins never felt real. They would have been more tangible if citizens walked the streets and risked their lives by getting in the crossfire while the Dark Knight tangoed with villains.
Batman: Arkham Knight is due out later this year.
Cheers, Game Informer.