Warner Bros. has announced that Gotham Knights has been delayed from this year and will now launch in 2022, coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.
— Gotham Knights (@GothamKnights) March 19, 2021
In a statement posted to Twitter, the team said:
We are giving the game more time to deliver the best possible experience of rplayers. Thank you to our amazing fans for your tremendous support of Gotham Knights. We look forward to showcasing more of the game in the coming months.
Note that there’s no blaming of the pandemic here, but this is undeniably a factor, with almost all video game developers now working remotely from home – the game is in development by WB Games Montreal. The pandemic has been regularly cited as a reason for slower than expected game development and the delays that this inevitably produces. Another Warner Bros. game, Hogwarts Legacy, has also been delayed to 2022, also avoiding mention of Covid.
Gotham Knights was revealed last August in the DC FanDome livestream event. Set after an explosion in Gotham City apparently kills Bruce Wayne, a post mortem message is beamed to his former allies, passing the baton of protecting Gotham from bad guys to Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl and Red Hood. The heroes will enventually uncover a plot by the Court of Owls, a criminal society that has existed since Gotham’s founding, but was only introduced with the ‘New 52’ era of DC comics.
Note: Gotham Knights is not a part of the Arkhamverse by Rocksteady Studios, but will put its own spin on the DC universe as these four younger heroes seek to save Gotham.
Right alongside the game’s announcement, WB Games Montreal also showed off plenty of gameplay, featuring a Batgirl and Robin team up to fight Mr. Freeze and his goons in a fortress of ice created by a large weather machine. 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 is probably 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. Rocksteady, meanwhile, are busy at work on their own new spin in the DC universe, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.