With the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) right around the corner, Warner Bros. Interactive dropped a new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight this week. The video will surely whet the appetite of fans before more of the game is revealed at next month’s E3. The wait for the game’s release in the fall grows ever shorter.
The new trailer , subtitled Evening the Odds, showcases what appears to be new in-game footage depicting combat, Batman fighting thugs, Batman’s gliding abilities, and also the highly-anticipated debut of the Batmobile for the franchise. Fans will now finally be able to utilize the Batmobile as a vehicle in the game. Previously, the franchise only dabbled in the use of vehicles, with the Batwing as a quick travel feature in Batman: Arkham Origins. However, unlike Arkham Knight, Arkham Origins was not developed by Rocksteady Games. The Batmobile features look nothing short of amazing, and include on-board missiles and the ability to drive through tunnels vertically on the ceiling.
Also featured in the trailer is Scarecrow, who effectively returns to the franchise as one of the apparent main villains in Arkham Knight. As a voice-over of Scarecrows plays, the clips of Scarecrow show glimpses of his new revamped design. In the segment, Scarecrow warns the civilians of Gotham to leave the city or he will unleash their “greatest fears.” While Scarecrow was absent from Batman: Arkham City, his presence was clearly felt.
In Arkham City, there were Easter eggs hidden throughout the game, hinting at Scarecrow’s eventual return. In addition, at one point players could discover a hidden lair for Scarecrow, located in a derelict boat outside the steel mill area. The lair featured a thug test subject for Scarecrow’s experiments as well as a shipping invoice which implied that Scarecrow was running his latest fear toxin experiments on bugs. Another feature allowed the players to discover a hidden message from Scarecrow using the Cryptographic Sequencer gadget. The hidden message from Scarecrow promised revenge against Batman and doom for Gotham City.
The new trailer released for Batman: Arkham Knight suggests much higher stakes in Arkham Knight. Citizens are evacuating the city, and the super-villains are taking control. Previously, franchise and game director, Sefton Hill, discussed The Joker’s death in Arkham City–basically causing a power vacuum with Batman’s rogues gallery. Now, with The Joker gone, all the villains are banding together to unite to kill Batman once and for all. Batman is now fighting, not only for his own life, but for the entire fate of Gotham City.
Speaking of villains, another bad guy who gets significant screen time in the trailer is the aptly-named, Arkham Knight, hence the game’s title. The armored villain fights Batman in the trailer and aims a gun at his face. Despite being called the Arkham Knight, his armor visually resembles that of Batman. The trailer ends with the Arkham Knight aiming his weapon at Batman’s head before the video cuts out and a gunshot is heard. The flaming Bat-symbol logo then flashes onscreen.
Batman: Arkham Knight is set to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in October. The game is being developed exclusively for the next-generation consoles and will not be released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or even the Nintendo Wii U. For now while they wait, fervent Bat-fans can tune into the newest trailer released for Batman: Arkham Knight in the player below.
By Jeffrey Harris