It’s no secret that Rocksteady Studios, the developers of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City have been hard at work on the next installment in their blockbuster franchise for years. But just as they did with the release of the first Bat-title, the studio’s managed to surprise with the announcement of their next game, accompanied by a cinematic trailer unlike any from the studio before.
Batman: Arkham Knight takes the open world gameplay of the series into the larger open world of Gotham City, but the first artwork for the game shows that besides a new suit, the addition to the core gameplay that fans have long demanded has finally arrived: the Batmobile. Rocksteady’s claim that it will be their finale to the series is enough to get fans excited, but the fact that it will be doing it on next-gen systems only is worth even more attention.
Some stunning artwork has also been released with the announcement of Arkham Knight as the cover story for GI’s April issue. Like the trailer, the images maker Rocksteady and Warner Bros.’ early message clear: you asked for the Batmobile, you’re getting the Batmobile. However, the trailer also promises a return of nearly every Arkham villain of the past, and the collective threat is what has Rocksteady promising that this game will deliver on the story – and conclusion – that the studio has been building towards:
In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. (via)
More details, interviews, and footage is likely on its way now that Batman: Arkham Knight has been let out of the bag and some reports hinted at a release date of October 8, 2014, but so far the official date has yet to be confirmed.