After the series of teases and puzzles put forth by WB Montreal, Gotham Knights is finally official and will feature multiple playable characters scheduled for a 2021 release for current and next-gen consoles.
A Batman game without Batman? That’s because he’s dead. That’s the premise.
Check out the world premiere trailer below:
With Gotham left to fend for itself after the death of Bruce Wayne, the call to our 4 “Knights” sets up the story against what could be the Court of Owls, an enigmatic society that controls Gotham from the shadows. WB Montreal’s latest offering will be an open world single player or multiplayer co-op experience that puts you in the shoes (Capes) of 4 other characters in the Bat-Family:
- Batgirl, also known as Barbara Gordon, is a determined fighter and a skilled hacker. As the daughter of deceased Gotham commissioner, Jim Gordon, she had helped Batman as Oracle in the past. Now, after years of recovery and preparation, she is ready to step into her new role, wielding her melee tonfa, and harnessing her training in kickboxing, capoeira and jiu-jitsu.
- Nightwing is Dick Grayson, the first Robin, who was Batman’s protégé before becoming a hero in his own right. He’s a natural leader and the eldest and wisest member of the Batman Family. Nightwing’s mastery in acrobatics is complemented by his expertise use of his signature dual Escrima Sticks, making him proficient at taking out enemies.
- Red Hood, formerly known as Jason Todd, is an intense and volatile anti-hero, which stems from his death and forced resurrection by one of Batman’s most dangerous foes. Red Hood has trouble keeping his temper in check but will not hesitate to step into the line of fire when a friend is threatened. His training has given him peak human strength and proficiency in multiple combat techniques with all manner of weapons – both traditional and high-tech.
- Robin is Tim Drake, the young prodigy and genius of the team, who is a master of deductive reasoning. As a true believer in Batman’s mission, he is motivated by the conviction that Gotham City needs protecting and hopes to be the type of hero Batman personified. An expert fighter armed with his collapsible quarterstaff and skilled in a variety of stealth techniques, Robin also possesses a background in combined psychological warfare and behavioral sciences.
Gotham Knights is confirmed to NOT be a part of the “Arkham” universe and will feature RPG elements (damage numbers, levels, experience points), a base of operations in the Belfry, with 5 boroughs across Gotham to be explored, multiple traversal options like the Bat-cycle, and a gear system that will probably be where the “grind” part of the game will lie.
A 7 minute gameplay trailer that culminates into a Mr. Freeze boss fight was also featured, which you can view below:
Gotham Knights is scheduled to be released in 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.