It’s been rumoured, but now it’s time for full confirmation as Warner Bros and DC announce a brand new open world third person action RPG – Gotham Knights for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and PC.
Gotham Knights comes about via the Warner Bros Montreal team – they behind Arkham Origins – as they team up with DC to see gamers given the chance to join the Batman Family, stepping into the roles of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin, as they rise up as the protectors of Gotham City in the wake of Batman’s death.
This is a tale which will fully introduce an original story that is set in DC’s Batman Universe, as Gotham Knights offers a dynamic and interactive Gotham City. It is here where an exploding criminal element has swept through the streets, and with the Belfry as their base of operations, this new era of heroes will be given the chance to solve mysteries that connect the darkest chapters in the city’s history, all whilst attempting to defeat notorious villains in epic confrontations. If you’re ready to try and save Gotham from a descent into chaos, this is going to be the game for you.
Playable either in solo or as a two-player online cooperative experience, Gotham Knights will release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, PS4 and PS5 in 2021. If you’re interested, we highly advise you to watch both the World Premiere Trailer and then take in the Official Gameplay Walkthrough.
“With Gotham Knights, the team at Warner Bros. Games Montréal is bringing the Batman Family of characters to life in a unique way to delight both fans and new players,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Games. “As we embark on a new era of interactive storytelling, our development team has been diligently working to create a new, in-depth experience within DC’s Batman Universe.”
“The team is thrilled to announce Gotham Knights and share our work in bringing a different story of the DC Super Heroes to the forefront,” said Patrick Redding, Creative Director, Warner Bros. Games Montréal. “We’re looking forward to fans playing and enjoying a lot of action as this new guard of strong DC Super Heroes in Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin, while solving an original mystery set against a living, breathing Gotham City.”
Gotham Knights will let you explore the open-world action of Gotham, patroling the dark streets of the city’s five distinct boroughs using a variety of traversal abilities and heroic combat moves. And yes, the iconic Batcycle will come in tow. As Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin progress, their distinctive gameplay skills will evolve, along with a growing arsenal of weaponry and gear. Expect some rather rich storylines to investigate too, including face-offs against some of the most infamous DC Super-Villains, such as Mr. Freeze, who is set on engulfing Gotham City in ice.
The playable characters in Gotham Knights include:
- Batgirl, also known as Barbara Gordon, is a determined fighter and a skilled hacker. As the daughter of deceased Gotham commissioner, Jim Gordon, she had helped Batman as Oracle in the past. Now, after years of recovery and preparation, she is ready to step into her new role, wielding her melee tonfa, and harnessing her training in kickboxing, capoeira and jiu-jitsu.
- Nightwing is Dick Grayson, the first Robin, who was Batman’s protégé before becoming a hero in his own right. He’s a natural leader and the eldest and wisest member of the Batman Family. Nightwing’s mastery in acrobatics is complemented by his expertise use of his signature dual Escrima Sticks, making him proficient at taking out enemies.
- Red Hood, formerly known as Jason Todd, is an intense and volatile anti-hero, which stems from his death and forced resurrection by one of Batman’s most dangerous foes. Red Hood has trouble keeping his temper in check but will not hesitate to step into the line of fire when a friend is threatened. His training has given him peak human strength and proficiency in multiple combat techniques with all manner of weapons – both traditional and high-tech.
- Robin is Tim Drake, the young prodigy and genius of the team, who is a master of deductive reasoning. As a true believer in Batman’s mission, he is motivated by the conviction that Gotham City needs protecting and hopes to be the type of hero Batman personified. An expert fighter armed with his collapsible quarterstaff and skilled in a variety of stealth techniques, Robin also possesses a background in combined psychological warfare and behavioral sciences.
We will of course keep you fully updated with the progress of Gotham Knights in the weeks and months ahead. Let us know in the comments what you think of this next addition to the Batman universe.