Rocksteady Announces ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ For Next-Gen Consoles
Oh Rocksteady, you guys know how to make an entrance. After it was announced that Batman: Arkham Origins would not be developed by Rocksteady Studios, many speculated that perhaps the company had left Bats behind them. But with no new announcements from the studio and little hints here and there, opinion started to change to the idea that Rocksteady had abstained from doing Origins in order to develop a far larger Arkham title for next-gen consoles. That rumor turned out to be spot-on this morning as a trailer and a slew of information about the new title, Arkham Knight, hit the web. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and read on.
Before I babble on further, check out the awesome trailer below:
Sure, it doesn’t feature any actual gameplay but the trailer is still fantastic in terms of establishing tone and setting. More concrete details come from an interview with Sefton Hill that appeared in the issue of Game Informer that debuts the title (courtesy of IGN):
Batman: Arkham Knight will not have multiplayer, but it does feature the return of Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne, and many other interesting features new to the franchise.
Speaking in the new issue of Game Informer, Rocksteady game director Sefton Hill said, “This is a single-player game. There is no multiplayer Right at the start this was our vision. It’s going to take all of our effort for all of this time. We don’t have the time to do multiplayer.”
Instead, Hill’s team plans “to focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We don’t feel that it needs a multiplayer element. Warner Bros. backed that up right at the start.”
That’s not all that’s notable, though.
Set one year after Arkham City, Arkham Knight takes place in a more densely populated part of Gotham City, which is approximately five times the size of Arkham City. New generation hardware allows Rocksteady to bring more to its world, not the least of which is riots of 50 or more on-screen characters. “At any given time, there are between three to five times the number of thugs active in Gotham City than there were in Arkham City,” Tim Hanagan, lead AI and combat programmer, told Game Informer.
The addition of the Batmobile is another notable feature for Arkham Knight. The vehicle, which is drivable for the first time in the series, has immobilizing missles, can be summoned at any time, smashes through most objects, and can eject Batman at any time so he can glide or grapple around Gotham. Even Riddler’s challenges will take advantage of the Batmobile, which will, among other things, test your driving skills.The title Arkham Knight, oddly enough, does not refer to Bruce Wayne’s Batman, but another new nemesis Hill claims is a “formidable foe” that will “really challenge Batman to go head to head with him in lots of different ways.” Game Informer describes the villain as a “militarized” version of Batman, with the signature Arkham “A” plastered on his chest. He’ll join the ranks of The Penguin, Two Face, and Harley Quinn, who’s available as a playable character via pre-order.
For more on Arkham Knight and all things Batman, stay tuned to IGN.
Lastly, here’s the synopsis from the trailer’s description:
In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. Be The Batman
Arkham Origins was a blast, but there was something missing from it. It’ll be great to see Rocksteady back on board giving us the finale we deserve.
Batman: Arkham Knight drops in October on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.