When it was released back in 2013, Batman: Arkham Origins from developer WB Games Montréal was given a favorable reception, but when compared to the Rocksteady Studios developed Batman games that came before it, it failed to reach that same level of success. Over the past decade, both Batman: Arkham Asylum and City were given the remaster treatment, however Arkham Origins is getting increasingly harder to play. On PlayStation, it can only be streamed via the PS Now service, and while it is backward compatible on the Xbox family of consoles, you need a physical disc to enjoy it.
Time has been kind to the work of WB Games Montréal, however, and Arkham Origins is looked upon with greater respect then when it was new. Last year, the public got to see the studios’ next big game during the DC FanDome event: Gotham Knights. Originally set to release this year, it’s the next chapter in Batman’s video game legacy, only it doesn’t feature the Dark Knight at all. Instead, you play as Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood as they uncover the mystery of the Court of Owls, a mysterious society that has secretly been pulling the strings in Gotham City for decades.
The Court is a relatively new addition to the DC Comics canon, debuting just a little over 10 years ago during the New 52 reboot line. In a fresh behind-the-scenes look at Gotham Knights, Court of Owls creative team Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, along with Jim Lee and staff from WB Games Montréal, speak about the development of the upcoming game and how it adapts the source material.
Like Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Gotham Knights was given a platform at today’s latest DC FanDome event with a new trailer. While devoid of any real gameplay, it certainly is effective in striking an ominous tone and does a stellar job showing how much of a threat the court is in just a little over 2 minutes. Ignoring the continuity of the Arkham series, this recent look at Gotham Knights gives a glimpse at the newly redesigned Penguin who looks much classier than his Arkham counterpart.
Gotham Knights is set to release in 2022 for the PlayStation and Xbox family of consoles as well as PC.