Word of the next installation of Warner Bros. Batman Arkham series is out, with a projected release date of October 14th, 2014. Arkham Knight will be the last chapter in WB’s very successful Batman game, the full details of which are set to be revealed in April, as the cover story from the American magazine, Game Informer. Aspects of Arkham Knight released so far include the video game trailer, some details as to which villains will be featured and perhaps the most exciting part, the player will finally get to drive the Batmobile!
Arkham Knight, which was developed by Rocksteady, will be available to be played on the next-generation consoles of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game itself will pick up a year after the Arkham City game left off, with Batman said to be at the height of his powers. WB’s description of the game outlines the plot of Arkham Knight as facing Batman with the ultimate challenge in protecting his beloved city. The Scarecrow teams up with the comic’s most notable villains which include the Penguin, Harley Quinn, and Two Face, who seek to permanently destroy the caped crusader. And, as a bonus, players who pre-order the game will receive an exclusive challenge map; the gamer will not only be able to play as Batman, but switch characters and play as the villain Harley Quinn.
The most exciting detail of WB’s last Batman Arkham installment is that it finally allows the player to drive the Batmobile. The game was formatted to be played on next-generation consoles which allow the game to reach it’s full potential. With a considerably larger Gotham City and streets that are wide enough to properly integrate driving the Batmobile, next-gen allows for much more complex game mapping to be used. The director of Rocksteady, Sefton Hill, expressed his excitement in having developed a game specific for next-generation platforms. In abandoning the old-generation platforms the Arkham Knight designers were able to create a more vivid experience, incorporating elements that had been envisioned by the creators from the very beginning. Hill said that the expanded and fully detailed Gotham City, as well as a newly accessible Batmobile, will allow for the game to give players an experience that they’ve always wanted, allowing the series to go out in style.
As anticipation builds for Arkham Knight, the newly released trailer does a good job at keeping the public in suspense. The trailer kicks off with a foreboding message delivered by a dark voice reminiscent of Bane from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises, urging Gotham’s citizens to leave the city or risk devastating consequences. From there, the trailer shifts to Bruce Wayne’s father narrating his last will and testament, encouraging Bruce to do whatever it takes to protect the city that has provided them with so much. Throughout the trailer, the viewer gets brief glimpses of the villains, and of course, amazing shots of the Batmobile.
Although the trailer does not quite build suspense, Arkham Knight’s new features are enough to get gamers antsy for the full story as more details will be released in a 14-page expose from Game Informer this April. With the entire city of Gotham to roam, gamer fantasies are finally coming true as players are getting ready to hop into the driver’s seat with Batman and drive the Batmobile.
By Natalia Sanchez