Batman? Dead. Commissioner Gordon? Dead. It is a grim and dark version of Gotham City that takes centre stage in Gotham Knights, the upcoming video game release from WB Games Montreal – the same studio that brought us 2013’s Arkham Origins.
The loss of its hero with Batman’s demise, and the lack of a moral centre due to the loss of Jim, has left Gotham in tatters with corruption rising higher than ever before – even in the GCPD. It will be left to Batman’s allies to pick up the slack and restore order to the city- but they will have a fight on their hands.
Here’s everything we know so far about our next playable trip to Gotham City.
When is Gotham Knights release date delayed until?
The Gotham Knights game was originally intended for a 2021 release, but a delay was announced via Twitter in March.
“Gotham Knights will now launch worldwide in 2022,” the image attached to the Tweet declares. An exact date in 2022 is not mentioned, so it could be any time during the year.
As for the reasons behind the delay, the Tweet adds: “We are giving the game more time to deliver the best possible experience for players.”
Is Gotham Knights a sequel to Batman: Arkham Knight?
Although WB Montreal did work on Batman: Arkham Origins and several other tie-ins to Rocksteady’s Arkham franchise, it has been confirmed that Gotham Knights is not a sequel to Arkham Knight.
Gotham Knights exists in its own universe, entirely separate from the Arkham series of games. Despite the fact that there are similarities between the ending of Arkham Knight and the beginning of Gotham Knights (both games hinge on the idea of Batman being taken out of the commission), Gotham Knights is very much its own thing.
Rocksteady, the main developers of the Arkham games, are working on another new game called Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League – that game, unlike Gotham Knights, is considered part of the Arkham canon. Not confusing at all, is it?
What platforms can I get Gotham Knights on?
Gotham Knights will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Although the game has not been confirmed for a release on Google Stadia, resourceful fans seem to have uncovered a clue in the Gotham Knight’s website source code, which seems to suggest that there could at some point be a Stadia launch for the game. Batman himself would be proud of that detective work! There’s no hint of a Nintendo Switch release, though, so it might be wise not to hold out hope on that front.
Which characters feature in the Gotham Knights story?
What better to tell you that than the official game synopsis: “The game is set in Gotham City, after the death of Bruce Wayne/Batman and that of Police Commissioner James Gordon, which has resulted in a rise of crime and lawlessness.
“Players assume the role of Batman’s former proteges – Dick Grayson (Nightwing), Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), Tim Drake (Robin), and Jason Todd (Red Hood) – as they attempt to continue his legacy by protecting Gotham upon receiving a pre-recorded message from Batman.”
“During the game, the heroes encounter several supervillains, including the Court of Owls and Mr Freeze. Supporting characters include Bruce’s former butler Alfred Pennyworth and Police Captain Renee Montoya, one of the few honest cops left in the city”
Who is in the Gotham Knights cast?
The main cast list for Gotham Knights includes Gildart Jackson as Alfred Pennyworth, Christopher Sean as Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Sloane Morgan Siegel as Tim Drake/Robin, Stephen Oyoung as Jason Todd/Red Hood, America Young as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, and Michael Antonakos as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
Gotham Knights gameplay footage
The seven-minute video above was shared during the DC FanDome event last August, giving fans their first proper look at Gotham Knights gameplay in action.
You can expect the gameplay to be somewhat similar to what has come before, but with some new additions, one being that Robin can now teleport thanks to some fancy Justice League technology.
The Batcycle will be the vehicle of choice as you make your way through Gotham, and look for a new style of enemy to the Batman games – these thugs and goons level up as you do, meaning you’ll rarely face an easy fight.
Whilst still having the single-player experience as the main focus, you will be able to play with a friend and better still, they can just drop in and out of your story without impacting your progression.
Can I pre-order Gotham Knights?
Gotham Knights pre-orders have begun at some retailers, while other places seem to be waiting until the game’s 2022 launch is a bit nearer.
At Gamebyte, prices start at £47.95 and go up to £59.95, which seems like good value. Gamebyte lists the Xbox One version of the game as the cheapest option, while the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions are tied as the most expensive.
At GAME, prices are live now as well. If you shop via GAME, either current-gen version will set you back £59.99, while the next-gen versions are £69.99.
Is there a trailer for Gotham Knights?
Behold, a brooding and action-packed glimpse of what we can expect in 2022! Feast your eyes on the Gotham Knights reveal trailer here…
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