To the surprise of many, game developer RockSteady Studios has announced the development of a new Batman game. The trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight was released on March 4, 2014. Batman: Arkham Knight is only for Next-Gen consoles and PC, which means owners of Xbox 360 and PS3 will have to upgrade consoles if they wish to play the game.This is for all intent RockSteady Studios swan song for the Batman: Arkham video game franchise, according to Game Informer.
Aside from RockSteady Studios taking the reins back from WB Game Montreal in terms of game development, the good news stops there. Upon replaying the game trailer several times, I felt this game is just another rehashed copy of its predecessors albeit much more polished.
The trailer opens up with Bruce Wayne preparing himself to attach the second layer of the Batsuit, which looks like a mesh between the Iron Man suit and Batman’s Cowl. Bruce’s father, Thomas Wayne, narrates the entirety of the trailer from beyond the grave. The elder Wayne is heard giving his son advice on wealth management and why he must care for the less fortunate.
A pretty cool moment for me was when Thomas Wayne said “Don’t spend money on fast cars” and out pops the most ridiculous Batmobile you’ll ever see. The rendition of the Batmobile in this game can only be compared to the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, a tumbler on steroids. “Or Outrageous clothes and the pursuit of a destructive lifestyle.” while Batman shrugs his shoulder and gets comfortable wearing the Batsuit.
The trailer shows three prominent villains, Two Face, Penguin and Harley Quinn with a few henchmen here and there. Batman is seen racing down the streets of Gotham in an effort to confront his foes, ejecting himself from the vehicle in spectacular form and an all-out melee ensues. The trailer ends with Batman chasing Two Face, who managed to slip away in the middle of the mayhem.
This game could have been something really special if the story would have followed the events after Arkham City, a post Joker storyline. Maybe it would’ve been more interesting playing as a Batman twenty years down the road, who needs his Batsuit to be more technology advanced to aid his aging body. Plenty of options could have been exhausted considering the direction of the title, and I feel Rocksteady Studios is negligent for not pursuing more interesting methods of developments.
Batman: Arkham Knight is reportedly due release on October 14, 2014.