After years of waiting, rumors, and forum discussions and speculations, WB Montreal Games–the developers behind the underdog classic Batman: Arkham Origins— announced their new “Batman” video game at DC Fandome:
The initial trailer reveals to us that the game takes place after the Death of Bruce Wayne. He sends a video and a set of instructions to his sidekicks giving them a final mission to continue his legacy. If the gameplay and new graphics didn’t whet anyone’s curiosity, the involvement of The Court of Owls certainly piqued interests.
Though a fairly new addition to Batman’s historic Rogues Gallery, the Court of Owls became a fan favorite after Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s 2011 run. WB Games Montreal have been teasing fans of the Court with cryptic messages on Twitter for quite some time. The Court of Owls have been the topic of many “Top 10” lists of villains fans would like to see in a Batman: Arkham video game, and fans are ecstatic that they made it in.
The surprises don’t end there. DC Fandome dropped a demo trailer showcasing seven minutes of actual gameplay and teases a boss fight with Mr. Freeze
The game allows the player(s) to play one of four of Batman’s sidekicks– Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood– each sporting a unique skill set, gadget, and combat style. Their movesets appear to be completely different from their Arkham moveset, so fans would have to learn new combo routes and strategies. Detective mode seems to be a missing feature. However, it may still show up once the game nears release.
Each character drives their own Batpod inspired bike, but it is unclear if they serve any other purpose other than traversing Gotham’s city streets. Hopefully, the devs learned restraint after Arkham Knight‘s overuse of Batman’s sweet ride.
Gotham Knights is expected in 2021 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.