Gotham Knights: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer, and More
We're hoping the Gotham Knights release date isn't far off, because it’s been more than six years since we last got an action game with the Dark Knight himself. Back when Rocksteady’s Arkham trilogy was capped off with Arkham Knight, many of us figured that would be the last of Batman we’d see for a while. And we were correct, because if the official synopsis for the upcoming Gotham Knights is to be believed, Batman is dead from the beginning. It sounds dire for Gotham City, but luckily the rest of the Batfamily are ready to step in thanks to Warner Bros. Montreal, who have been hard at work on the much anticipated Gotham Knights. Here is everything you need to know about the Gotham Knights release date, gameplay, trailers, and more.
Gotham Knights Release Date
Gotham Knights is coming sooner than many expect, with a current release window of 2022 meaning it’s potentially only a few months away. Originally when it was revealed during DC FanDome 2020, it was announced to be released in 2021 before being unceremoniously pushed back. Whether the delay is a good or bad sign is still up in the air, but aside from some extreme cases, delaying games tends to mean they get the time and care they initially deserved.
Whilst the release window is still somewhat vague - as it takes up a whole year - it’s likely that we’ll get a concrete date soon at the upcoming DC FanDome event on October 16. So we'll be sure to update this when we hear more.
Interestingly, the team behind Gotham Knights are also rumoured to be working on a Superman game, which we're yet to hear anything official about.
Gotham Knights Trailers
The reveal trailer set up the premise of the game back in August 2020 during DC FanDome. It featured a recording of Batman triggering code black (the protocol for his death and the destruction of the batcave) before informing his proteges that they need to step into the boots of the Dark Knight and keep Gotham safe together. Also rather importantly, it confirms that the game doesn’t take place in the Arkhamverse, instead inhabiting a separate universe, so don’t expect any crossover with Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad.
The second trailer was a lengthy gameplay reveal trailer that came out during the same DC FanDome event. This time it highlighted eight minutes of Batgirl gameplay, starting as she traversed the city on the Batcycle before making her way toward Mr Freeze. Robin pops up seemingly out of thin air at one point, to display the drop-in/drop-out design before both heroes begin fighting and sneaking their way through some henchmen. What they show off here gives off explicit Batman Arkham vibes, with some added depth in terms of abilities and the co-op.
The trailer ends as the crime-fighting duo make their way to the top of a tower to face down Mr Freeze, who’s up to his typical ice-based shenanigans and evil-doing. They cut the trailer here before showing too much of the fight, so it’s hard to gauge exactly how these will work and whether they will have the inventive flair that some of the Arkham series bosses had.
Gotham Knights Gameplay And Story
The game has been confirmed as an action role-playing game with different builds and play styles, depending on your character and how you choose to progress them. There are four playable characters: Robin, Batgirl, Red Hood, and Nightwing, which is a welcome break from playing their tutor/master for once. Due to the multiple player characters available, the game can be played all the way through cooperatively with smooth drop-in/drop-out that doesn’t affect the other player's progression.
The game will also feature levelling systems to complement its new RPG direction. This means you can distribute perks amongst your characters when levelling up to make them unique to your preferred playstyle. Enemies and bosses will also level up accordingly, meaning you can have two different experiences fighting a boss at level 5 and level 15. Following on from this, that also suggests that the quests and storylines in-game can be completed in the player’s preferred order.
Gotham Knights is primarily open world, following in a similar vein from the Arkham series, which transitioned to an open-world after the release of Arkham City. It’s also been shown in trailers that you can explore the city using the Batcycle or by using the mobility tricks of the various characters such as Robin’s teleport and Batgirls glide.
From a story perspective the game takes place in Gotham city after Batman and Police Commissioner Gordon have both been killed, leading to a sharp rise in crime and lawlessness permeating the city. The full roster of villains hasn’t been revealed yet but a few are confirmed, including the storylines that will introduce you to them. One involves Mr Freeze's schemes to manipulate Gotham’s weather, whilst another sees the sinister and nefarious secret society, the Court of Owls, attempt to control the city from the shadows.
Gotham Knights Platforms
Currently the game is slated to be released on most current-gen consoles and some last-gen consoles too. The current confirmed list stands as:
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X|S
We don't yet know whether Gotham Knights will be on Steam, Epic Games, Microsoft Store, or any combination of the three on PC.
Keep your eyes on GGRecon for everything Gotham Knights going forward, including the upcoming DC FanDome update we're expecting.