Batman is dead. The dark knight's various protogés have become the protectors of Gotham in his absence. That's the world that WB Montréal's latest game, Gotham Knights imagines. Only time will tell if this game kicks off a new DC Superhero renaissance with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
Here's everything we know about Gotham Knights.
When is the Gotham Knights release date?
Gotham Knights will release in 2021. WB Montréal did not yet announce a specific season or month for that release. Following a holiday photo featuring a poster for the Flying Graysons, some fans suspect the game will launch on July 16, 2021. This date has yet to be officially confirmed but a July release would make sense. There's plenty of time to promote the game and it won't be interrupted by the larger triple-A releases found in the fall
What systems will Gotham Knights be available on?
Gotham Knights will be available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, and Xbox Series X when it launches.
Is there a trailer for Gotham Knights?
Yes! WB Released a trailer at DC FanDome that you can watch below.
The trailer reveals quite a bit about the story's premise. Bruce announces himself as dead to his closest cohorts. It's unknown if this is from his perceived death in Arkham Knight, or from something else, like when Darkseid killed him in the comics. Rumors suggest this will be a soft reboot of the WB's Batman franchise.
After that, we get a close look at four playable characters: Red Hood, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Robin. Despite the hooded look, it's Tim Drake's Robin. Bruce Wayne's posthumous video mentions the Belfry, a fictional secondary hideout for the Bat-Family operated by Tim Drake and used by DC's fictional Gotham Knights. This will possibly be used as a hub for players to choose missions and objectives in the final game. We also get a look at The Court of Owls, likely the villains this time around. The screen flashes with a single Talon ( a Court of Owls elite) jump scaring towards the viewer.
What's the story of Gotham Knights?
After Batman's death, Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin must rise up as the protectors of Gotham City. Alas with Batman gone, an expansive, criminal underworld has swept through the streets of Gotham. From the trailer, it seems you'll have to stop the Court of Owls and possibly Mr. Freeze. The r3dakt3d teasers from the week of August 17 also imply Two-Face could be present.
The holiday photo that implicated the release date also hinted at Poison Ivy's presence in the game. There was a mention of Robinson Park, which is known as Poison Ivy's primary hideout. The mention could mean that Poison Ivy will be included in the rogue's gallery or it's just a little easter egg for fans.
It's also possible that Hush will be included as a villain. WB Montréal published a reading list for fans shortly after the game was announced that mentioned the villain's original storyline, implying his presence.
Who voices Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, Robin, and Alfred in Gotham Knights?
Batgirl is voiced by America Young, known for portraying Barbie in Barbie Dreamhouse Adventure.
Alfred is voiced by Gildart Jackson, known for narrating audiobooks.
Batman is voiced by Michael Antonakos, known for playing the male protagonist Alexios in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
Is there gameplay footage for Gotham Knights?
Yes! In addition to the Gotham Knights announcement trailer, we also got a full look at gameplay. You can watch it below.
From this, we can see that Gotham Knights will feature traversal using the bat-cycle. We can also see that the game will notify you when other players join. These are different costumes than in the announcement trailer, subtly confirming cosmetics will be available. We can also see levels on each character, confirming more RPG-esque elements.
In an IGN interview, it was confirmed that areas and foes won't be level gated. The entire city will be open from the start. Enemy levels will just be used to help you determine if you want to take on a foe, but being lower leveled won't bar you from achieving victory.
When Batgirl defeats foes, she acquires items that appear on the left. Perhaps this is our first look at a crafting system? It also appears there's some sort of gear system in play.
The overall game appears similar, but different enough from Rocksteady's Batman Arkham series. The freeflow system seems to be missing from this iteration of Batman.
Does Gotham Knights have multiplayer?
Yes! We see that there's co-op available in the gameplay trailer. In the middle of the gameplay, the upper right corner says "Robin joined the session."
How players can play Gotham Knights multiplayer?
You can play online with 1-2 players. Unfortunately, you can't run around with a posse of four and split-screen is also unavailable.
How does Gotham Knights connect to previous Batman Arkham games?
Gotham Knights is not connected to the Batman: Arkham series. WB Montréal's latest title kicks off its own universe.
Gotham Knights comes to consoles and PC in 2021.