The upcoming game developed by WB Games Montreal is bringing new playable characters to save Gotham city following Batman's death.
The wait is almost over, 'Gotham Knights' is finally coming out this year!
Unexpectedly, the highly-anticipated Batman game does not include Batman but will instead bring in new playable characters who are left to take care of Gotham City after the caped hero has fallen.
From release dates to all the exciting details, here is everything we know about 'Gotham Knights.'
'Batman: Gotham Knights' is set after the death of Batman, seeing the Gotham Knights assemble to take over the mantle.
The game presents "a whole host of playable characters," though the footage we have so far mostly focused on Batgirl.
We have the option to control any of the Gotham Knights squad, including Nightwing and Red Hood.
The official synopsis for the game reads:
"Batman is dead. It is now up to the Batman Family - Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin - to protect Gotham City, bring hope to its citizens, discipline to its cops, and fear to its criminals ... You must evolve into the new Dark Knight and save Gotham from chaos. Your legacy begins now. Step into the Knight.
While we see a couple of familiar faces and characters, it's worth noting that Gotham Knight tells an entirely original story. It is not based on any existing comic book stories.
"It's a completely original story... We're not re-enacting any of the existing stories from any of the comics. Gotham Knights' story is fully original," Fleur Marty, senior producer on Gotham Knights, explains in an interview with GamesRadar.
Warner Bros. has provided us a vague 2021 release date for 'Gotham Knights.' We have started hearing rumors about the game for such a long time, and it's nice to finally hear that it is coming out this year!
Yup! The official trailer is now available. Check out the official trailer below.
Not hyped enough yet? Here is the Official Gameplay Walkthrough trailer for you.
So far, we have at least four 'Gotham Knights' characters to choose from. They are Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin. We still don't know if Warner Brothers and WB Games Montreal will introduce more playable characters in the future.
Each character will have unique abilities and skill trees, creative director Patrick Redding revealed to GamesRadar.
Balancing each character for the co-op was one of the more challenging aspects of developing the game, but having each character feel different from the next is key to the story.
"They're all trained under Batman, so have certain crimefighting approaches that are derivative of that. But at the same time, they have all kind of evolved in their own direction, and they have their different specialties. With things like traversal, we wanted to make sure that each character had a kind of different spin on that idea of being able to kind of party-crash on crime," Redding told GamesRadar, adding:
"So they might have access to some of the same tools, like the grapple and the Batcycle. But they also have ways of kind of approaching and entering into the fray that is really distinctive and specific to each of them."
The Batcave is gone in this new Batman game, and the Gotham Knights are now stationed in the Belfry. The game will bring us in faintly-lit alleyways and the busy streets of Gotham City. The Batcave presumably disappeared after Batman's fall, forcing the new characters to use the Belfry as their new base.
In the comics, the Belfry was introduced back in 2016 as a learning institution where Batman train superheroes while Batwoman resumed day-to-day operations.
The Belfry was designed by writer James Tynion IV. Back in 2016, Tynion discussed the location with Newsarama.
"In [Detective Comics #935], we're introducing a new secondary Batcave that's going to be in Gotham City. It's called the Belfry, and it is the – honestly, I got to sit down and design my own Batcave from scratch. And it's honestly one of the coolest things," Tynion said.
"When I saw the pages come in from Eddy Barrows designing it for the first time, I was just floored. This feels like a new iconic setting in Gotham City, and I can't wait for people to see it."
'Gotham Knights' features an entirely new combat system optimized for co-op play.
"We have entirely redesigned the combat system for it to work well in co-op because that part of the experience is really exciting for us," executive producer Fleur Marty told Gamesradar.
"Of course, we're still a brawler, and some of the mechanics won't feel totally alien for people who played and enjoyed the Arkham series, but it is in many ways very different. Designing a combat system from scratch has its challenges indeed, but it’s been a very stimulating one, and we're very proud of the result!"
We have treacherous forces to take down in 'Gotham Knights.' The Court of Owls is going to be one of the primary antagonists in the upcoming game.
They are a recent addition to the DC Comics storyline, which follows Batman as he faces an organized crime group. Knowing that Batman is already dead in 'Gotham Knights,' it's likely that The Court of Owls is behind his demise.
Another villain unveiled is Mr. Freeze, a cryogenics expert and the product of a laboratory catastrophe that left him enclosed to a cryogenic suit for survival. Hence, his name.
In the comics, Mr. Freeze has attempted to take over and/or freeze all of Gotham a couple of times.
Yup! The full campaign for 'Gotham Knights' is available for offline and solo gaming, so you don't need to be connected to the internet to enjoy it.
"It's a third-person, open-world action-RPG," senior producer Fleur Marty told GameSpot.
"The whole game is fully playable solo. You can play on your own offline if you want to. There is no always-online. And on top of that, if you want to experience that with a co-op partner in a very seamless drop-in, drop-out way, you can do so. There are no games-as-a-service elements designed into the game."