GOTHAM KNIGHTS Is the Start of Something New; Cross-Gen Sandbox Won’t Embrace the GaaS Model
Following the official announcement of Gotham Knights at last week's DC FanDome, WB Games Montreal has shared some new details on the Canadian studio's first big game since 2013's Batman: Arkham Origins.
First of all, Senior Producer Fleur Marty recently confirmed that Gotham Knights won't be a live-service game filled with tedious (and boring) gameplay mechanics forcing you to loot for hours to push the story forward.
"This is very much not designed as a game-as-service," Marty told IGN. "There is an ability tree, which is different for each of the characters, and then there's gear that you craft - and so choices that you are going to be making - but that does not mean that this is a game-as-service." Although the cross-gen sandbox won't be an Anthem-like project per se, it will be fully playable in two-player co-op — but nothing will stop you from fighting crime — as Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, or Robin — on your own.
During their dangerous journey, players will find shelter in the Belfry — the secret headquarters of Bruce Wayne and the young heroes' new base of operations. "You get to go back there, analyze all the clues that you've picked up during your previous night, have a little chat with Alfred, craft your gear, and really prepare yourself for the next night of crime fighting," the renowned producer added. Quite interestingly, the Belfry is also a place where each vigilante can show their true self, as their cutting-edge hideout allows them to "be seen and have facial expressions and talk to each other," Creative Director Patrick Redding said. "So it serves a dual purpose, and it's a really effective way of using that space."
Although Gotham Knights isn't set in the beloved Batman: Arkham universe — unlike Rocksteady's Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League — fans of the Batman Family should be happy to hear that the game "was always intended as a new franchise set within DC's Batman universe." What's even better, the upcoming title will tell a completely original story, probably featuring a handful of major Shyamalan-esque plot twists.
While we're patiently waiting for another presentation of Gotham Knights, check out these fresh screenshots:
Batman is dead. It is now up to the Batman Family - Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin - to protect Gotham City, bring hope to its citizens, discipline to its cops, and fear to its criminals. You must evolve into the new Dark Knight and save Gotham from chaos.
Gotham Knights is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC in 2021.