The Bat is Back!

Batman: Arkham Knight is set to come out later this year, and I couldn’t be more excited. Rocksteady has been at work on this game for about 2 years now and in their stead, WB Montreal released the less well-received Arkham Origins. I liked Origins, but it obviously was not up to the quality established in the previous 2 games. However this isn’t about that game…Rocksteady is BACK. With them comes the original voice cast; including most important of all, Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne. I mean all of the “Animated Series” vocal talent is important, but Conroy IS Batman.

This time around, the city is larger (of course, sequels HAVE to be bigger, right?) and wider. Why is wider important? Because in Arkham Knight, you finally get to drive the Batmobile…

Now of course, I’m more than capable of tempering my excitement in that arena. Driving physics are hard to pull off in any game, let alone one that never had any. There’s a possibility that the Batmobile ends up handling like a Sherman tank on ice (I’m looking at you Grand Theft Auto 4). I’ll happily lean more towards the possibility that it handles beautifully. One of the cooler revealed features of the Batmobile is that it is constantly tracking Batman, so at just a press of a button, your ride appears and you enter it in a way only Batman could, quick leap in the air and drop right into the seat..awesome.

There’s not much out on the story but it takes place one year after the events of Arkham City…

Spoiler Alert…I guess, I mean if you haven’t played it by now, you just didn’t want to.

…which resulted in the death of the Joker. Now the criminals of Gotham have banded together in an effort to take out Batman once and for all. Rocksteady has noted that they have always envisioned this story as a trilogy, so things are coming to a definite and complete end. The interesting thing to me will be how they carry over Batman’s state of mind from Arkham City to Knight. In the “Harley Quinn’s Revenge” story DLC for City, Batman is missing and almost seemingly mourning the death of The Joker. As anyone that follows Batman knows, he and Joker have a strange relationship, and Batman could be carrying some of that into Knight. It’ll be interesting to see how that affects not only the story, but the gameplay as Scarecrow seems to be one of the big villains in the game. It would be pretty cool to see how the fear toxin would play into that situation. From the trailer, we can see the villains so far are Scarecrow, Two-Face, the aforementioned Harley Quinn, Riddler, and Penguin with undoubtedly more to come. I’m looking forward to driving around Gotham and knocking some heads this year.

Batman:Arkham Knight comes out this October on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Check out the announce trailer and some screens below.

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