How the ending of Arkham City helped shape Batman: Arkham Knight

By Brenna Hillier, Monday, 1 December 2014 05:10 GMT

Batman: Arkham Knight’s writers were enabled, not restricted, by the ending of Arkham City. Spoilers ahead.

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Arkham Knight picks up again after the end of Arkham City, with the most recent entry, Arkham Origins, serving as a prequel.

This is your last chance to avoid spoilers for the ending of Arkham City, by the way.

During a Reddit AMA, Rocksteady was asked whether killing off the Jokerat the end of Arkham City made writing Arkham Knight hard.

“I think it’s quite the opposite,” Rocksteady’s Gaz Deaves wrote.

“[Writer Sefton Hill] has said that when they started work on Batman: Arkham City, they had the vision of the final scene Joker’s death almost from the start, and looked at the story from the perspective of the events that would lead to that point.

“With Batman: Arkham Knight, that ending is the point that we jump off from, asking ‘what happens when Joker is removed from Gotham’ and looking at the fallout from those events.”

There was one other inetresting creative point in the AMA regarding the new Batsuit design.

“We wanted to highlight the interaction between Batman and the Batmobile – you’ll see that the suit mirrors the design of the car in a lot of ways,” Deaves said of the new look.

“The new suit impacts gameplay as well, as it enhances some of Batman’s abilities, particularly in the way the Batman and the car work together.

Batman: Arkham Knight is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June next year. A new trailer sill release later today, apparently.

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