Hot off the heels of "Batman: Arkham Origins" a new game has been announced today that will act as the finale to the highly praised Batman game franchise. "Batman: Arkham Knight" is set to take place a year after the events of the story in "Batman: Arkham City" and will follow the caped crusader as he combats the Scarecrow and his attempts to rally Gotham's villains. The trailer begins with an ominous warning from the villain for Gotham's citizens to flee or face their fears.
The trailer has been dubbed "Father to Son" and features the reading of Thomas Wayne's will and testament heavily as the action unfolds. Wayne's monologue immediately follows Scarecrow's and expresses his wish that his son will use his wealth wisely and for the betterment of the city and its people. As the narration unfolds Batman suits up and readies his signature vehicle.
The batmobile is perhaps the star attraction of this trailer and its highly implied that players will get full control of the vehicle for the very first time, suggesting that Gotham city will be a much larger area. While Gotham's playable space has increased greatly over the years the developers have shied away from populating the streets with traffic, pedestrian or other. Gotham's lifelessness, with the exception of criminals, hasn't gone unnoticed by players or reviewers alike. Up until this point Batman really hasn't had to worry about ordinary people getting in the way, or getting caught up in, his vigilante activities on the scale that one would expect from a major urban metropolis. The thought of having to chase down villains in the batmobile while worrying about causing damage to Gotham and her citizens would be a fun and challenging addition to the franchise.
As the trailer progresses we can notice that Batman's uniform also seems to have changed a bit, which is to be expected. The uniform is noticeably darker and gives off a more armored feel than its predecessors. It will be interesting to see if this is explained or not. We see Batman intervene in some sort of firefight between the forces of Two Face, the Penguin, and Harley Quinn. As his opponents begin to flee Batman reoccupies his car and begins his pursuit.
"Batman: Arkham Knight" will be developed by Rocksteady and is scheduled for a release sometime within 2014. The game will release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.