Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive revealed Monday that Batman: Arkham Knight is headed to the Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC later this year. The Dark Knight will be back to pummel thugs and villains but he'll also be able to drive the Batmobile through the streets of Gotham for the first time in the Arkham series.
The unveiling was made through a combination of the launch of the official Batman: Arkham Knight website and the release of the latest issue of Game Informer. Rocksteady Studios is back at the helm of the franchise after Arkham Origins was handled by WB Montreal and this time the game is solely focusing on the two next-gen consoles and the PC so that the game can reach its full potential.
The Scarecrow, Riddler, Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn all time up to bring down Batman in Arkham Knight following the events in Arkham City. There's also a bigger, yet to be revealed enemy who Rocksteady says will provide the ultimate test for Batman.
Gotham City is five times bigger than what was available to play in Rocksteady's previous effort and is split between three areas. Additionally, there are no load times at all this time and entering building is now a seamless experience.
Aside from the city size, the most significant change to the game is that the Batmobile is playable for the first time in the series. The city streets have been made wider so that players can drive through it and it can be called in with the push of the button. Just as it shows in the debut trailer, Batman can eject from the vehicle and go straight into a glide. As for the Batmobile itself, it is a beast equipped with rockets and stun guns and will flip other cars out of the way as it drives down the steet.
Rocksteady has also confirmed that all of the voice actors from Arkham City will be back including Kevin Conroy as Batman and more.
Other details include:
- Supporting up to 50 enemies on the screen at once.
- There will be Riddler challenges involving the Batmobile
- Quickfire gadgets can be used during flight. One example given was the zip line.
- New moves including throwing one opponent into another as well as a backflip combined with a Batarang throw.
- Predator takedowns can be chained together
- Once again, no multiplayer.
No release date has been announced other than 2014 but pre-orders are available at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Steam, Target and Walmart. GameStop lists an Oct. 14 release through along with pre-order bonus of a playable Harley Quinn.
You can follow Scott via Facebook, Twitter, RSS feed or email alerts for all the latest game news and deals as well as the weekly Furious Fourcast podcast/videocast. All game news on Examiner can be followed at the Game On Facebook page and Twitter feed.