Today, during the DC Fandome event, Warner Bros Games Montréal announced Gotham Knights.
The game starts with the death of Batman as the other heroes of Gotham like Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, and Red Hood take up his mantle.
The game is coming in 2021 and the player will be able to grow up these heroes however they like.
Apparently, while Batman is gone, Alfred is still there to take care of the fledgling heroes.
We even get to see gameplay featuring Batgirl which will certainly feel familiar to the fans of the Batman Arkham series.
We also get to see familiar villains like Mr. Freeze and more. When the bat isn’t home…
The game is an open-world action-RPG and it’s coming in 2021 for PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It supports both solo play and two-player co-op.
You can check out the Gotham Knights trailer and gameplay showcased during the show below.
If you’re unfamiliar with Warner Bros Games Montréal, it’s the studio behind Batman: Arkham Origins, released in 2013 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.
The official press release included a comment from Warner Bros. Games president David Haddad:
“With Gotham Knights, the team at Warner Bros. Games Montréal is bringing the Batman Family of characters to life in a unique way to delight both fans and new players.
As we embark on a new era of interactive storytelling, our development team has been diligently working to create a new, in-depth experience within DC’s Batman Universe.”
We also hear from creative director Patrick Redding, who previously worked on Splinter Cell Blacklist and the co-op of Splinter Cell Conviction.
“The team is thrilled to announce Gotham Knights and share our work in bringing a different story of the DC Super Heroes to the forefront
We’re looking forward to fans playing and enjoying a lot of action as this new guard of strong DC Super Heroes in Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin, while solving an original mystery set against a living, breathing Gotham City.”
Below you can read an official description.
“In Gotham Knights, players can explore the open-world action of Gotham and patrol the dark streets of the city’s five distinct boroughs using a variety of traversal abilities and heroic combat moves, as well as the iconic Batcycle. As Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin progress, their distinctive gameplay skills will evolve, along with a growing arsenal of weaponry and gear. Revealed in the Gameplay Walkthrough video, Gotham Knights features rich storylines for players to investigate, including face-offs against some of the most infamous DC Super-Villains, such as Mr. Freeze, who is set on engulfing Gotham City in ice.
The playable characters in Gotham Knights include:
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.”