WB Games Montreal used yesterday’s DC Fandome event to give Batman fans all over some great news, revealing its highly-anticipated new Batman game, Gotham Knights. The perpetually-teased title was given a story trailer, extended gameplay footage and developer interview during the presentation, and it appears that the crime-fighting powers of Gotham have taken a slight hit…
The Batman is dead.
Gotham Knights will use the death (yeah, sure!) of the Caped Crusader as a jumping-off point to focus on the rest of the Bat-Family – Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood – who will all be playable in solo or two-player online co-op modes. Players will use each character’s special abilities, skills, and gadgets left behind by Bruce Wayne to protect the five boroughs of Gotham City, earning experience along the way to level up and improve their arsenal. As per the official website, here are the bios of the four playable characters:
- Batgirl, also known as Barbara Gordon, is a determined fighter and a skilled hacker. As the daughter of deceased Gotham commissioner, Jim Gordon, she had helped Batman as Oracle in the past. Now, after years of recovery and preparation, she is ready to step into her new role, wielding her melee tonfa, and harnessing her training in kickboxing, capoeira and jiu-jitsu.
- Nightwing is Dick Grayson, the first Robin, who was Batman’s protégé before becoming a hero in his own right. He’s a natural leader and the eldest and wisest member of the Batman Family. Nightwing’s mastery in acrobatics is complemented by his expertise use of his signature dual Escrima Sticks, making him proficient at taking out enemies.
- Red Hood, formerly known as Jason Todd, is an intense and volatile anti-hero, which stems from his death and forced resurrection by one of Batman’s most dangerous foes. Red Hood has trouble keeping his temper in check but will not hesitate to step into the line of fire when a friend is threatened. His training has given him peak human strength and proficiency in multiple combat techniques with all manner of weapons – both traditional and high-tech.
- Robin is Tim Drake, the young prodigy and genius of the team, who is a master of deductive reasoning. As a true believer in Batman’s mission, he is motivated by the conviction that Gotham City needs protecting and hopes to be the type of hero Batman personified. An expert fighter armed with his collapsible quarterstaff and skilled in a variety of stealth techniques, Robin also possesses a background in combined psychological warfare and behavioural sciences.
Alongside the usual Batman rogues-gallery, the Bat-squad will face a new threat – The Court of Owls – a violent and ancient cabal that has controlled Gotham City for centuries, using highly-trained assassins, known as Talons, to do their bidding. The Court Of Owls is a fan-favourite comic book storyline that takes on quite a serious tone, so it will be interesting to see how their story merges with that of more over-the-top villains like Mr. Freeze.
One of the biggest surprises to come out of the reveal presentation is that despite picking up from a similar place that Arkham Knight ended, Gotham Knights won’t be a continuation of the Arkham-verse, allowing developers to explore all-new storylines. The other game announced at DC Fandome today, Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League will take the torch and continue the Arkham thread.
Despite not being the biggest fan of the Arkham series, Gotham Knights seems to be taking the co-op gameplay of the upcoming Avengers game and scaling down the roster to create a more focused game, which certainly seems much more engaging. Add to that a number of RPG elements and I am genuinely surprised how excited I am to play this.
Gotham Knights is set for release in 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC, but in the meantime, check out over 7-minutes of intense gameplay below!