PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S|X
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Montreal
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Gotham Knights is the first game to be set in Gotham City since 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight and the first game to be released by developer Warner Bros. Montréal since 2013’s Batman: Arkham Origins.
However, it is not a sequel to the Batman: Arkham series set in a different version of the DC Universe.
Prices, platforms, release date
Gotham Knights was revealed after years of rumors at the 2020 DC FanDome event, which was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The game was aiming for a 2021 release date, but publisher Warner Bros. Games had to push it back to 2022 to deliver a better product.
A more specific launch date was announced in March 2022 as October 25. A few weeks ago, however, fans learned that they would be entering Gotham City four days ahead of schedule thanks to a rare release date pull-forward.
The original Gotham Knights announcement included PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as the platforms on which the game would be available. However, these versions were later canceled, leaving only PC and next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S | X remained.
Pre-orders are now available on all platforms, with all pre-orders receiving the 233 Kustom BatCycle skin. The PC version is cheaper, costing $59.99 for the Standard Edition and $79.99 for the Deluxe Edition, which includes the following Visionary Pack items.
– Exclusive Knightwatch by Jim Lee transmog
– Beyond Suitstyle inspired by the Batman Beyond universe
– Salvage to build new equipment
– Boosted equipment
– Exclusive emote
– 3 exclusive suit colors:
• Ultra Zur-En-Arrh
• Chroma Frost
• Tribute Asylum
Console customers can get any version with a $10 excess, as is the case with most games.
There is also a Gotham Knights Collector’s Edition priced at $299.99 for consoles and $289.99 for PC. It contains the following elements:
- collection box
- Gotham Knights Deluxe Edition Digital Download
- Original Ledbook packaging & 16-page mediabook
- Augmented Reality collectible pin, Gotham city map
- Exclusive Knights Diorama inspired by Jim Lee & Certificate of Authenticity
- Game content such as Promethium New Guard Transmogs and Visionary Pack
As briefly mentioned earlier in this post, Gotham Knights is set in a different version of the DC Universe compared to the Batman: Arkham games. The main reason for this is that the developers wanted to be free from any limitations that would come from being connected to this universe.
The premise is quite brutal, as Bruce Wayne himself is rumored to be dead, along with his longtime ally James Gordon, the Gotham City Police Commissioner. With the two bastions of legality removed, Gotham City soon experiences a rampant rise in criminal activity, leaving Batman’s charges with only one option: follow in Bruce Wayne’s footsteps to attempt to save the city. Gotham Knights lets players choose between four of the most popular members of the so-called BatFamily: Robin (Tim Drake), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) and Red Hood (Jason Todd).
You’ll have to contend with several classic villains, such as the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn, Clayface, and most importantly, the mysterious and shadowy Court of Owls, which is at the heart of the narrative from the Batman: Gotham Knights comic book series that makes up the game has inspired.
As a side note, the upcoming Gotham Knights TV series being produced at The CW has no connection whatsoever to this game.
The game is an open-world action role-playing game where players can level each character independently and develop their unique abilities. Gotham Knights features auto-leveling, so enemies will always level up alongside player characters, and special enemies will spawn more frequently once player characters are leveled up enough. If you play as one character, the others will also level up to avoid being left behind.
Each BatFamily member has access to a unique ultimate ability that can be unlocked after filling the appropriate gauge. So far we’ve only seen Batgirl’s swarm of bats.
In addition, they all have different modes of transportation, some far more outlandish than others. Nightwing hangs from a Flying Trapeze glider; Batgirl uses a cape glider; Robin teleports with the Justice League satellite; Red Hood uses the mystical powers gained after his resurrection through the Lazarus Pit to literally leap through the air.
BatFamily fans will already be familiar with their signature styles and weapons, but here’s a summary anyway:
- Batgirl has her tonfa, is trained in kickboxing and capoeira, and has excellent hacking skills.
- Nightwing is an acrobatic fighter who uses electrified escrima sticks alongside punches and kicks;
- Robin wields a collapsible quarterstaff, among various gadgets;
- Red Hood uses firearms, although he is equipped with non-lethal weapons, and can throw appendage grenades that can be detonated with his pistols.
Gotham Knights supports two-player drop-in drop-out co-op. The mode will be unbound, giving each player the freedom to explore the direction they prefer rather than having to stick with the other teammates. In June we also received confirmation that it will be possible to play with two Nightwings (or any other character double); Additionally, the game features co-op takedowns, and the combat system as a whole is designed to take advantage of the co-op feature.
As befits a Gotham City game, the action takes place only at night when the BatFamily go out to solve crimes and stop villains. After returning to the Belfry home base, the day begins and players can manage their progress, engage in dialogue with their allies, and more.
Last but not least, the game’s rendition of Gotham City aims to be far larger than any game before it, including an underground of interconnected tunnels. There will be five districts to explore, and to do that without spending too much time getting around there’s a fast travel mechanic called the Fast Bat.
We don’t know the official PC requirements for Gotham Knights yet. However, we do know that the game will support ray tracing on PC thanks to a collaboration with Intel. XeSS support is also likely, but not confirmed for now.
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