Warner Bros. has finally announced their new Batman game, except Batman’s not in it and you play as Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood.
It’s been rumoured and teased for years now but WB Games Montréal, the studio that made Batman: Arkham Origins, has finally announced new game Gotham Knights.
They were very reluctant to talk too much about it, but as well as a CGI trailer there was also some gameplay footage that revealed it to be a co-op game with role-playing elements.
The developers made only one throwaway reference to co-op, so it’s not clear how many players it supports, but the gameplay showed Batgirl and Robin working together.
WB Games Montréal didn’t say anything at all about role-playing but you can clearly see that whenever there’s any fighting numbers appear to show how much damage is dealt, which is not something that happened in the Arkham games.
The developers did talk about all the characters being able to grow and evolve though, which in context implied levelling up and other traditional role-playing elements.
Gotham Knights is a direct sequel to Arkham Knight though, with Bruce Wayne (and Commissioner Gordon and Joker) supposedly dead and the remaining batfamily no longer trusted by the police.
As widely rumoured, the Court of Owls from the comics are one of the major antagonists, but it was implied that there are others too – which matches with rumours that there will be several groups, including GCPD, who’ll be opposing you.
Other characters featured include Alfred, Renee Montoya, and a boss battle with Mr Freeze – something that WB Games Montréal were always better at than series creators Rocksteady.
The release date was given merely as 2021, but nothing was mentioned about formats. Given how long the game has been in development though it’s likely to be on both current and next generation consoles.
The graphics did look very good though, so there is a chance they may have decided to ditch the current gen, and that that’s one of the reasons the game has taken so long.
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