Is there anyone out there who isn’t looking forward to ‘Batman: Arkham Knight‘? This is a serious question. I’m sure there must be some people who don’t find it as their cup of tea, but the ‘Arkham’ series has been pretty darned amazing so far and ‘Arkham Knight,’ developed by Rocksteady Studios, looks like it’s going to continue the tradition. The introduction of multiple protagonists participating in the freeflow fighting especially looks pretty darned nifty. ‘Arkham Knight’ is coming out tomorrow on PC, PS4, and XBox One, so why not celebrate by watching the new launch trailer and recent release of the game’s opening sequence? The opening sequence is actually pretty short at just four minutes long, and from what I saw it doesn’t actually spoil anything we don’t already know from previous trailers. So if you’re worried about a sudden, early-game plot twist, you don’t need to.
As you can see, the main villain of the game is the Scarecrow. He played a minor role in ‘Arkham Asylum,’ and only kind of shows up in a fairly hard-to-find easter egg in ‘Arkham City.’ But now Scarecrow, in move obvious inspired by the ‘Batman Begins’ movie, has managed to release his latest fear gas on all of Gotham City itself. Alongside this, he also has a pretty big army from out of Arkham City with a mysterious figure known as the “Arkham Knight” as its general. The various criminal gangs, lead by the classic Batman rouges gallary (sans Joker, who died in ‘Arkham City’) allows them to trap the cops inside the police station and lets the criminals take over the city. Now, Batman and a bunch of his allies, have to stop them all. The problem being that we’re being told that Batman is going to die. (This isn’t a spoiler. It’s literally one of the first things the game tells you.) How that happens exactly and how much of the game will be played without him is uncertain at this point. There’s also a pre-order exclusive set of missions played from Harley Quinn’s point of view. Given the state she was left in at the end of the ‘Harley Quinn’s Revenge’ DLC for ‘Arkham City’ it’ll be interesting to see how she’s adjusted to life without the Joker. If you’re impatient and want the exclusives, you might want to hurry up and pre-order now. If, however, you don’t mind waiting, such exclusives usually are available in the Game of the Year editions.
What are your thoughts? Will ‘Arkham Knight’ live up to its expectations, or is no game capable of surviving so much hype? Let us know in the comments below.
‘Batman: Arkham City’ will be released tomorrow, June, 23rd.