What if you want to make a game about Gotham City but can’t focus on Batman? Easy! You tap the benchwarmers. The opening chapter of Warner Bros Knights of Gothama game about action DC heroes was … not the Caped Crusader.
Knights of Gotham, first announced in 2020is being developed by WB Games Montreal, best known for the 2013 action game Batman: Arkham Origins. It was previously at WB Games shared a 13-minute gameplay clip featuring B-list DC anti-heroes Nightwing and Red Hood. (Knights of Gotham the iteration stars Jason Todd.) The latest clip, which shows about 15 minutes of gameplay from the prologue chapter, focuses entirely on Batgirl. via IGNhere’s the clip:
IGN notes that WB Games is keeping specific plot details under wraps, but the four playable characters – Batgirl, Red Hood, Nightwing, and Robin – are clearly being teased Batman’s death. The opening mission focuses on Batgirl planning to infiltrate a facility, following the trail of a case that Batman didn’t quite finish before he died.
Earlier footage of it Knights of Gotham approaching a game that was heavy on gathering gear and navigation “the greatest version” of Gotham Cityteasing worry that it would just be another loot grind for the open world. But the original game shown today, which doesn’t explore those aspects of the game, looks sick. Who knows: Maybe this will be another open world game with a killer campaign fueled by a ton of wet side quests.
There is a grappling hook (hell yeah). Batgirl hires some Witcher-style “investigation,” which means you press a button to automatically illuminate a footpath that shows you exactly where you’re going. The gun fodder combat looks both weighty and sparkly. As with about 90 percent of all gameplay previews, the clip ends with a mini-round fight. With a shield. And some blatant signs of sociopathy.
It’s all very sumptuously rendered, though of course the arms race of graphical fidelity has rapidly approached the point of diminishing returns. Still, for those interested in behind-the-scenes development diaries, here’s a brief clip showing the motion-capture work put into the game:
Gotham Knights has had a bit of a rocky road to release. It was initially planned to launch in 2021 across console generations. Last March, WB Games delayed it to 2022. This past May, WB Games canceled the last generation versions. That same month, the developers put in a backlash including a character bio for Batgirl that leaned heavily on tropes (it has since been rewritten). Knights of Gotham it is set to release on October 25 for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.