Bruce Wayne and the latest Batman trilogy are coming to an end next summer with the final entry of the Arkham franchise, Batman: Arkham Knight. Rocksteady Studios has given these stealth-action games weight in the video game space after years of titles starring the Dark Knight that did not live up to many expectations of the brand. On top of a release date, Warner Bros. also announced two separate collector’s editions of the game that will ship the same day, both offering something new for Gotham-enthusiasts.
Batman: Arkham Knight will pit Gotham against a supposedly brand new villain called the Arkham Knight next summer on June 2, 2015. The story so far is of Scarecrow, Two-Face, Penguin and other classic super villains coming together to use everything possible against Gotham’s protector, who is still reeling from the events of the previous game. Arkham Knight, and his subsequent role in these proceedings, is an unknown quantity that the developer claims is “completely original to Batman.” This has already been proclaimed as the last of the Arkham line of games, giving fans hope that this conclusion will deliver on multiple levels.
The Arkham franchise is Rocksteady’s original take on a tale within the same universe as the comic source material. These titles, in fact, have become so popular that graphic novels and lore for DC Comics have been based off the original stories presented within these games. Fans lauded the feeling of having a game that uses Bruce Wayne’s mind as well as his body in equally ferocious ways. The games all feature a brawling system that moves the Crusader from foe to foe, chaining together acrobatic and vicious strikes in some sections. Where stealth is needed, there are also a variety of takedowns that immediately raise the heart rate of every other goon present and keep the hero shrouded in shadows, tucked in vents or perched on a high vantage point.
Limited editions were given detail alongside this release date revelation. There will be two separate editions with only a few minor variations between them. The Batmobile Edition will include the game’s version of the Batmobile, which is described as “fully transformable,” plus an Arkham Knight comic book, three in-game outfits from comic lore, an art book and steel case. The standard Limited Edition will include the same items as the Batmobile version with the exception of a “memorial” statue of the Dark Knight in place of the mobile. The Batmobile Edition will be $199 and will not be available for PC users while the Limited Edition will be $99 and be available for PC. Both will be available for Xbox One and Playstation 4.
Batman and the Arkham Knight will be coming next summer and bring the end to this delayed development cycle. The game, originally announced in March of this year, was originally slated for release this October, but was delayed. There were originally rumors from voice actor Kevin Conroy, who voices the man himself in the game, that fans should expect the game in January 2015. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available on Xbox One and Playstation 4, making it one of the few “true” current-generation titles that does not acquiesce to previous generation console limitations.
By Myles Gann