Rocksteady premiered the first five minutes of gameplay from Batman: Arkham Knight at Sony's E3 2014 press conference, showing Batman traversing Gotham by cape and by car in one of the show's most exciting reveals.
Rocksteady premiered the first five minutes of gameplay from Batman: Arkham Knight at Sony’s E3 2014 press conference, showing Batman traversing Gotham by cape and by car in one of the show’s most exciting reveals.
In our previous articles on Batman: Arkham Knight we mentioned that it’s shaping up to be one hell of a finale to Rocksteady’s groundbreaking action series, but we had reservations about the footage so far, which was very focused on the newly drivable Batmobile and failed to show Bats fighting or flying through the city. However, at Sony’s presser on Monday the developer showed a long gameplay sequence that assuaged whatever anxiety we had about the upcoming title.
In addition to seeing the Batmobile’s Battle Mode in action, we finally get to see some gliding and a tease of Rocksteady’s innovative combat mechanics before the footage is unceremoniously hijacked by a much more sinister and terrifying Scarecrow than the one that loomed over Batman in a series of memorable encounters way back in Arkham Asylum. Scarecrow serves as the major villain this time around, bringing the rest of the Rogues Gallery together to rid Gotham’s underbelly of the Caped Crusader once and for all, and bringing to the fold a mysterious new foil to Batman himself. The titular Arkham Knight is still a complete mystery but this trailer indicates he has access to some high-tech equipment, sending drones out to kill the Batman.
It was recently announced that Batman: Arkham Knight is the latest game in a list of many to be pushed to 2015, and it stings to have something so promising pulled away from our outreaching hands. No new release date has been announced; The E3 demo ends with a vague ‘Coming Soon’ but hopefully in the coming months we’ll find that the release will come sooner in 2015 than later.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.