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Batman: Arkham Knight unveiled

Batman will fly once more
Batman will fly once more

Rocksteady has announced the final chapter in the Batman: Arkham series of videogames with the release of a teaser for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight, a new open-world experience thrusting players once more into the caped crusader's venerable boots one year after the events of Arkham City. The teaser is viewable by following this link. Tonally, this entry already looks excellent, drawing heavily from both comic and movie canon. In-game cutscenes will utilize the same engine as will the gameplay, and the results will no doubt look brilliant on next-gen consoles with a previously unrealized level of realism. The teaser reveals the high stakes of this vision, showing Gotham city evacuated in the face of a threat from the Scarecrow, although it is likely that nothing is as simple as it seems given Rocksteady's previous storylines. In the teaser, a somber and nostalgic tone is established as the will of Bruce Wayne's father is read over his preparations to face his darkest night yet as Batman. The sequel will return the series to its roots with original creators Rocksteady expanding on what they've brilliantly established in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Also of note is the return of Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman, and what appears to be an entire cavalcade of villains, Harley Quinn (Tara Strong), Two-face (Troy Baker), the Penguin (Nolan North), and the Riddler, being lead by the Scarecrow in a Gotham-wide campaign of terror.

AK will cover the largest terrain of any previous entry in the series, roughly five times larger than what was seen in Arkham City, and accordingly Rocksteady will finally introduce their own take on the Batmobile, which appears in the teaser to be a combination of the Tumbler and the Batpod seen in Christopher Nolan's films. Knight will also feature larger roving street gangs and riots, with up to 50 NPCs involved in some encounters at once. Although both previous games were written by longtime Batman scribe Paul Dini, this entry will be written under the guidance of Geoff Johns, leaving some worried that the story or dialogue might suffer. As it stands, this game will introduce an original character, the titular Arkham Knight, created by Johns. There will only be a single-player campaign this time, and likely the return of the various arcade modes, cool new gadgets, DLC skins and mission-packs, and many allies to encounter.

This entry will not be released for current gen consoles, instead targeting PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The teaser also reveals that Harley Quinn will be a playable character included in the form of a preorder DLC. Rumors peg the release date as targeting October 2014.