Just hours after Batman: Arkham Knight's announcement, a laundry list of information has been disclosed detailing plot points, new gameplay mechanics and an in-depth look at The Dark Knight's newest batmobile.
The announcement trailer that served as Batman: Arkham Knight‘s official reveal took the internet by storm this week, becoming an instant trending topic on Facebook and Twitter. And while many developers would take their time doling out information on their biggest titles, this month’s issue of Game Informer already discloses dozens of details about the upcoming Batman sequel, including a 2014 release date.
Here are some of the most important points, put together by Batman News:
- Arkham Knight isn’t just the name of the game, it’s also the name of a brand new villain. Rocksteady is working with DC’s Geoff Johns to create the character from scratch.
- Takes place one year after Arkham City.
- With The Joker dead, Gotham’s villains come together to try to take down Batman.
- Scarecrow, Two-Face, Penguin, and Harley Quinn are all confirmed.
- Kevin Conroy is back as Batman. Troy Baker is Two-Face, Nolan North is Penguin, Tara Strong is Harley Quinn, and Wally Wingert is Ridder.
- Batman visits with Oracle in the game, she’s not just a voice in his earpiece anymore.
- This is Rocksteady’s last Batman game. There will be a clear ending to their Arkham trilogy. It’s possible that WB Games Montreal may still make Batman games set in the Arkham Origins time period.
- Next-gen only.
- Single player only. No multiplayer.
- Takes place in a central zone of Gotham City split into 3 islands. 5 times bigger than Arkham City.
- Cut scenes are all done in game, so it doesn’t feel like you’re playing a game and then watching a movie.
- All quick-fire gadgets can now be used during flight.
- Batman can perform a quick ground strike to downed opponents.
- Interrogations are back.
- Batman can incorporate the environment into his combat combos like never before.
- Fear takedowns allow Batman to take out multiple enemies in slow motion, as long as he isn’t spotted.
- The level of detail in Gotham City is some of the most impressive Game Informer has ever seen in a video game.
- The characters are incredibly detailed. One has the polygon count of the whole environment of Arkham Aslyum.
- Batman’s cape and character’s clothing reacts realistically to wind and movement.
- It’s so detailed it would take up the space of an entire Xbox 360 game.
- It’s the only drive-able vehicle.
- Players can bring the Batmobile to their location with the press of a button.
- It can do burnouts, jumps, boosts, and even rotate in circles at a full stop to get you pointed in the right direction.
- It can smash through barricades, trees, and building corners.
- Batman can eject out of the Batmobile and go directly into gliding through the city.
According to Galaxy Next Door the streets of Gotham have now been widened to allow the Batmobile to drive through the city. This means there will be a major overhaul to the city’s design, which previously featured narrower roadways and alleys, encouraging players to take to rooftops in order to traverse the city. They also indicate there will be other cars on the road that the Batmobile can destroy, which may imply we’ll finally see non-criminal residents of the city. Finally GND claims there are no load times within the game, meaning seamless transition from interior to exterior environments and vice versa.
It sounds like anyone fearing franchise fatigue with the Arkham series can rest easy – this looks to be a huge jump forward to end the trilogy and a welcome return for the original developers. There are a lot more pictures over at SuperHeroHype including some great concept art from Game Informer.
Batman: Arkham Knight is slated for an an October 14, 2014 release for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, according to Gamestop.
Images: Rocksteady, Warner Bros.