There was some understandable confusion when the trailer for Gotham Knights dropped as the story begins by using key plot points from the end of Arkham Knight. This is in the trailer so it’s been already been spoiled, but in case you didn’t finish the game – SPOILERS – Batman blows up the Batcave and is seemingly dead.
The Gotham Knights trailer starts off with news reports of an explosion in Gotham City that apparently kills Bruce Wayne, his message from beyond the grave being beamed across to his former allies explains that the Batcave has been destroyed and he is passing the baton of protecting Gotham to Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl and Red Hood.
Despite all of that, WB Games Montreal has told ComicBook.com that, “Gotham Knights is an original story set in DC’s Batman Universe and not connected to the Arkham series.”
That means we now have two Bat universes in games, just to confuse everyone who is already grappling with three current Batuniverses in the movies (Joker, The Batman, and DCU). However, the new Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League game does follow on from Arkham Knight, so Batman is presumably dead in that game as well.
At DC FanDome WB Games Montreal came with plenty of gameplay to show with Batgirl and Robin teaming up to fight Mr. Freeze and his goons in a fortress of ice created by a large weather machine.
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. The game has co-op so you will be able to team up with a friend to take on the bad guys and is an open world, third-person action RPG.
According to the game’s synopsis, “Batman is dead. It is now up to the Batman Family – Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin – to protect Gotham City, bring hope to its citizens, discipline to its cops, and fear to its criminals. You must evolve into the new Dark Knight and save Gotham from chaos. Your legacy begins now. Step into the Knight.”