The trailer starts off with news reports of an explosion in Gotham City that apparently kills Bruce Wayne, his post mortem message being beamed across to his former allies, passing the baton of protecting Gotham from bad guys to Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl and Red Hood. With four heroes to choose from, the game will also bring some co-op play to the table, though this will be limited to two player multiplayer.
WB Games Montreal came with plenty of gameplay to show as well, with Batgirl and Robin teaming up to fight Mr. Freeze and his goons in a fortress of ice created by a large weather machine.
But what led to Batman’s death? Well… maybe the Court of Owls? That’s right game takes inspiration from the Court of Owls storyline that debuted at the start of DC’s New 52 initiative in 2011. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo led a major crossover story arc which saw Batman discover a secret controlling society within Gotham, using an army of Talons, kidnapped, trained and brainwashed circus performers, much like Dick Grayson, the first Robin. With Batman and Commissioner Gordon dead, these four crime fighters have been pushed back to vigilante status and will certainly have an uphill battle ahead of them.
Gotham Knights is in development at WB Games Montreal, best known for their previous game Batman: Arkham Origins, which released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, telling a prequel story to the Batman: Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios. Though obviously set in familiar territory of Gotham, it’s not entirely clear if this is considered a continuation of the Batman: Arkham franchise and story.
Speaking of Rocksteady (a company currently embroiled in scandal after allegations of workplace toxicity and abuse came to light in the last week), their next game set in the DC Universe, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is set to be revealed tonight at 1:10AM BST.
Update: Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been revealed!