Batman: Arkham Knight detailed, watch the debut trailer here

Tuesday, 4th March 2014 15:01 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Batman: Arkham Knight was outed earlier today by a GAME listing and now Game Informer has gone live with a look at its next cover, which is – as expected – the next title from Rocksteady.

Here’s an image take of the listing.

The announcement

The retailer lists the title as being available for pre-order on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One per CVG.

According to the description, the game is the “explosive finale in the Batman Arkham series” where players will “take to the rooftop and now – the roads of Gotham as for the first time the iconic Batmobile becomes driveable”.

As the retail listing suggests, Arkham Knight, according to game director Sefton Hill, “is the natural end for the story… we really want to go out in style.”

Set one year after the events of Arkham City, Game Informer states that a entirely new area of Gotham City is featured in the game, and the map is “far larger than Arkham City”.

Arkham Knight will be the last Batman title from Rocksteady, as the firm plans to move on to something else.

The streets are wider to accommodate the Batmobile, and villains include Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, and others.

Scarecrow has returned to “unite Gotham’s most feared villains” and the pre-order bonus nets Harley Quinn DLC which contains four challenge maps and allows you to play as the villainous vixen.

You can have a look at the Game Informer cover below and the debut trailer above, and there’s some artwork for Harley Quinn and the official announcement art below as well.

The title is out this year, and last week, a GameStop employee showed a link to the store’s database, hinting at an October listing which would coincide with other releases in the series.

Also last week, a shot of a Batman banner which is to be hung in GameStop stores lead to speculation of the new Batman title from Rocksteady. This information was combined with confirmation from an employee at the chain, along with news of a press-junket held regarding the game in Europe.

Bat’s out of the bag now, officially. The webpage is even live.

The NeoGAF pull

As expected, NeoGAF users have pulled bits of information out of Game Informer’s digital issue which hit today. The article confirms, once more, that this is the last Batman title from Rocksteady, which plans to work on something new after development on this ceases.

“You see a lot of games that are cross-gen, and they feel a bit reined in because of that.” – Rocksteady

The developer also touched upon the reasoning behind not making the game next-gen, with director Sefton Hill cross-gen titles feel “reigned in”.

“Obviously, you see a lot of games that are cross-gen, and they feel a bit reined in because of that,” he said. “Because we were able to make that decision quite early, we were able to be more ambitious with the design and make a real, genuine next-gen game.” It’s not a challenge to move to next-gen. The real challenge is making sure you’re getting the best out of the machines.

“It’s easy to get the game running, but it’s about, ‘what can we do that really pushes those machines?’”

Here’s a list of interesting bits straight from user MiamiWesker:

  • Last Batman game for Rocksteady, will work on something totally new next.
  • There will be a brand new villain, something made by Rocksteady that they say will be the ultimate test for Batman
  • Batmobile can be called at any moment with a button.
  • The city streets are much wider to allow for the batmobile. You will rocket jump off ramps and do all sorts of cool maneuvers.
  • You can eject jump out of the batmobile right into a super fast glide straight through the glass of a building to knock out enemies. They said glass breaking will be a big new thing.
  • New moves include being able to use all your gadgets during flight. You now have a counter throw where you counter a guy and throw him into another guy. A new quick ground takedown. A quick backflip where you then throw a batarang in an enemies face.
  • For the predator sections you can now chain takedowns of up to four enemies. For instance pop out of a grate and take one guy, jump to the next and so on. You can now enter grates from a distance, he will automatically do a jump or roll to enter them.
  • Riddler challenges seem to be car based. The first one has you enter a sort of Riddler race track where you have to activate walls and ramps, when you activate one another closes so as you drive you have to be constantly turning on and off these ramps as you navigate the course.
  • Batmobile fires missles and stun guns. It destroys anything it touches so if you bump into cars the cars go flying. It’s basically unstoppable.
  • Story is that after Joker’s death all the criminals decided to work together and their plan comes together this night where they plan to kill batman. The article talks mostly about Scarecrow, he scattered bombs throughout Gotham.
  • Oracle will play a larger role, you get to visit her base and talk to her, tons of batman easter eggs included.
  • Kevin Conroy is Batman, all the previous voice actors are back.
  • Gothom City is 5 times bigger than AC. Split into 3 areas. NO LOAD TIMES at all, entering buildings is seemless.
  • They spend a bunch of time talking about how detailed the models are, one character has more polygons than the environment of Asylum.
  • Batman will start off with the old batsuit and upgrade at some point in the game.
  • It says it is running on their modified “juiced up” version of Unreal engine to make use of the Xbox One and PS4.

” We want to focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We don’t feel that it needs a multiplayer element.”

User WordsintheWater pulled even more information out, stating the game no longer contains pre-rendered cinematics as everything is “done in-engine,” and larger riots will have up to 50 people looting Gotham City and flipping cars over in the streets.

Gordon’s trench coat and Batman’s cape contain Apex cloth physics which means the garments will react “realistically to changes in wind and movement,” and weather effects will be present on Batman’s suit such as rain drops.

It also won’t have multiplayer.

“We don’t have the time to do multiplayer,” said Hill. “We want to focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We don’t feel that it needs a multiplayer element.

“Warner Bros. backed that up right at the start.”

You can read the entire pull through the link.

The game is rumored to be releasing on October 14 per a GameStop placeholder listing.

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  1. Mike W

    I’ll gladly take a new Batman game on my PS4 or XBO. :D

    #1 10 months ago
  2. infernalism

    Great news, and even better, that it’s next gen only. Can’t wait.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Mike W

    Quick Steph!! they just made the official announcement about this game coming to next-gen!! ;)

    #3 10 months ago
  4. onefivefive

    Awwwwwww yeeeeeaaaahhhhh!

    #4 10 months ago
  5. Dark

    Batmobile? Play as Harley Quinn? OMG!

    #5 10 months ago
  6. Edo

    Tears of joy,FUCK YEAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!

    #6 10 months ago
  7. jonnymelamet

    This is awesome news.

    If this is teh final game, then it is good on Rocksteady to know when to end their franchise. Hopefully, WB Games will respect this decision and allow this series to be untarnished by forcing a continuation.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. hives

    No current gen version of multiplatform title! Yay! Love ya, Rocksteady!

    Cool that scarecrow will be main villian. I just hope they will fill Gotham with things to do. I’d love to see more detective reconstructions of crimes. That was the good part of Origins.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    A 4-minute debut game trailer is supposed to be posted to GI in about 15 minutes, apparently.

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    And next gen has just gotten started.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    Trailer has been added.

    #11 10 months ago
  12. Fethennour

    I’ll fudging pre-order it as soon as it is possible. Collector edition, of course.

    #12 10 months ago
  13. jomac3db

    Cinematics looks gorgeous. What I’m worried about is the gameplay looking last gen. They need to follow Ryse and The Order gameplay/cinematic mechs. I think if all next gen games looks this beautiful my wife will leave me lol

    #13 10 months ago
  14. Mike W


    Shit just got real……”really real”

    #14 10 months ago
  15. BeenThere_DoneThat

    I don’t know how to put it, but Rocksteady’s art direction never fails to amaze me. The colors used in the trailer is perfectly dark and fits the series.

    Kinda cool that it’s next gen only (no WiiU too!!)

    #15 10 months ago
  16. The_Red

    Holy mother of god.
    Rocksteady making a true, next-gen only (No PS3 / 360 / Wii U to hold them back) is just too good to be true. And that goddamn trailer. It’s like Arkham Nolan. CAN’T WAIT!

    #16 10 months ago
  17. Erthazus


    What engine they are going to use for this game? I suppose there will be batmobile but then again, previous games were made on Unreal Engine 3 which are ok for this but at the same time UE 3.0 is not very good with open-world game design.

    I hope for the Unreal Engine 4 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

    #17 10 months ago
  18. OneLifeCycle

    Never played any of the Batman games. I have a PC so I guess I could get Arkham or whatever that one is on Steam so I can see what this is all about.

    #18 10 months ago
  19. Erthazus

    If it’s next gen only and PC then it should be Unreal Engine 4. It must be, otherwise fuck new consoles. they already stopped evolution in gaming since 2009.

    #19 10 months ago
  20. jomac3db

    @Erthazus I’m with u on this one. If it still looks last gen then what’s the point

    #20 10 months ago
  21. kingy

    I just jizzed in my pants

    #21 10 months ago
  22. Mike W


    Yea the unreal 3 engine needed to die years ago. But I sure hope it’s a new engine, but if it’s coming out this October you can bet your ass it’s the same engine that is “supposedly” going to be heavily modified so we consumers can use the batmobile of course. ;)

    #22 10 months ago
  23. salarta

    Welp, good to know right out the gate that I will also not be buying this. Hopefully in about 20 years someone will bring back the actual Harley Quinn character.

    #23 10 months ago
  24. Edo

    *Slow clap*

    #24 10 months ago
  25. Michael Ireland

    Man, check out that gameplay. Truly next gen stuff right there!

    #25 10 months ago
  26. salarta

    @Edo Hey, if other people can comment to say nothing more than “I’m going to buy this” or “aw yeah,” then I have just as much right to use a comment to say I’m not and why. :)

    #26 10 months ago
  27. Dragon

    October 14, 2014 rumour

    #27 10 months ago
  28. Dark

    The game is running on their modified Unreal engine.

    #28 10 months ago
  29. Erthazus

    @Dark Man… This is disappointment. Although Next Gen hardware will sure make this game look better.

    #29 10 months ago
  30. Erthazus

    But at least it can have now 50 enemies on screen now but with the old unreal engine there won’t be any traffic or cars.

    Apex clothing on consoles. wow… What in the world we live in. wind physics on current gen consoles. Lol.

    #30 10 months ago
  31. Edo

    Nope not allowing it,cops are already on their way to your home,you have right to remain silent and all that :) .

    #31 10 months ago
  32. Darksider123

    “Pre-order to ge-”

    #32 10 months ago
  33. Djoenz

    Nice and its releasing this year? Oh my I need to go next gen for this. I can’t wait to hear more about Arkham Knight.

    #33 10 months ago
  34. Obernox

    Full Gotham city? Me gusta! but 2014 is surprisingly early, also, Harley Quinn looks like vomit.

    #34 10 months ago
  35. Obernox

    “tons of batman easter eggs included”
    YES! one of the reasons i loved Arkham City so much was because of its glorious easter eggs and fan-service. Hush, Crime Alley, Mad Hatter, Azrael, man i loved those :D

    #35 10 months ago
  36. Dark


    #36 10 months ago
  37. NocturnalB

    WELP! Looks like I better not get too attached to my first born child….

    #37 10 months ago
  38. jomac3db

    @Michael Ireland That’s not gameplay. It’s CG. Gameplay will look last gen with upgrades and better lights 👎

    #38 10 months ago
  39. Agt_Pendergast

    Hey, cool. A cinematic trailer. Can I get some gameplay footage before I get hyped?

    #39 10 months ago
  40. NocturnalB


    Anymore, especially on this site, your damned if you don’t get hyped about something and damned if you do get hyped about another, so I’ve learned to be just exactly how hyped I feel like being, and graphics be damned I’m pretty fucking hyped about this game.

    #40 10 months ago
  41. Gheritt White

    They should have gone with Arkham Nation. Arkham Knight makes no sense and doesn’t follow on from the previous two.

    #41 10 months ago
  42. Agt_Pendergast

    @NocturnalB It’s just this day and age, where actual gameplay trailers can be deceiving, I’m not sure why I would want to get excited by a cinematic that reveals what exactly? I can drive the batmobile, probably. Can I do other things with it than just drive? Will I be able to jump out while still driving? Can I remote control it? Will it have it’s own set of upgradeable gadgets? Will it boost or do jumps? Will it just be for quick travel and special moments? Can I grapple up the side of building and drive on rooftops?

    #42 10 months ago

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