Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood & Robin Continue the Legacy of Batman in GOTHAM KNIGHTS Reveal Trailer
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Category: Gotham Knights
During today's big DC FanDome digital show, WB Games Montreal officially announced Gotham Knights — and fans of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin should definitely keep an eye on the upcoming game.
In the Batman: Arkham Origins studio's next big thing, players will be taking control of the aforementioned heroes to face the wrath of the Court of Owls, a criminal organisation that debuted in New 52 - Batman #1 in 2011. Considering that Bruce Wayne is dead, the new generation of watchful protectors will have to do whatever it takes to stop fearless villains — including Mr. Freeze — before they burn Gotham to the ground.
At its core, Gotham Knights is a third-person sandbox that will be fully playable solo or in two-player co-op. According to the developer, gamers will "solve mysteries that connect the darkest chapters in the city’s history" and explore the Belfry — the secret headquarters of Batman and young heroes' base of operations.
Directed by Patrick Redding (Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist), the long-rumoured Gotham Knights game will arrive on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC next year.
"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," Warner Bros. Game President David Haddad said. "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."
"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," Redding added. "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."
Unfortunately for all enthusiasts of the Batman: Arkham series — which consists of 2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum, 2011's Batman: Arkham City, 2013's Batman: Arkham Origins, and 2015's Batman: Arkham Knight — the cross-gen title has nothing to do with said franchise, and is an original entry into DC's Batman Universe.
To learn more about Gotham Knights, take a look at the screenshots, official notes, and trailers down below:
- 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.