During this morning’s DC Fandome event, WB Montreal pulled back the curtain on their long-teased Batman videogame. This new game, Gotham Knights, isn’t canon within the existing Arkham series and doesn’t cast players as Batman at all. Instead, it gives players the choice of four members from the Bat Family while offering online co-op to team up and save Gotham, though the game can also be played in single-player.
The game is releasing next year for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. Strangely, despite offering four players to choose from, it’s said it won’t support more than two-player co-op.
With Bruce Wayne having fallen, as revealed by the game’s official trailer, Gotham Knights will have players choose between Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, and Red Hood. Each of these characters will have their own distinct fighting style and arc.
A full rundown of each character was also posted:
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.
The game, as expected, will follow the Court of Owls, though it’s a hugely surprising twist that we won’t be playing as Batman himself. In time we’ll discover whether his death is a fakeout, though we’re sure opting to put the spotlight on his Bat Family isn’t a decision made lightly.
There’s also a gameplay debut:
As noted, Gotham Knights is expected to release in 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.