Rocksteady’s next game is finally coming out! After a four year development cycle, we’ll be seeing the fruit of their labors on June 23rd in the form of Batman: Arkham Knight, the sequel to the 2011 hit: Arkham City. Sadly, Arkham Knight will be closing the book on Rocksteady’s involvement in the Batman series, along with the end to the Arkham Trilogy.
This new iteration is chock-full of new features; including better traversal mechanics, a game world five times larger than Arkham City, the Bat-mobile (or tank if you will) , improved combat, and much more. But, I think I’m most excited about the story!
For the benefit of those that have not yet played Arkham City, I have spoiler-tagged plot discussion:
I’m very excited about the internal strife going on within Batman concerning the past games’ events. I believe it will have a great payoff and set a great mood for the story (you know– the dark and broody Batman we all love!).
|I can only say one thing: ‘Take my money!’|
The story isn’t the only thing to get excited about, though. The classic Rocksteady combat that redefined action combat in the genre is coming back. The team has promised improved combos and new moves, including new predator moves (the stealth moves available to you). They are even implementing a slowdown mechanic that will allow you to stealthily take down multiple enemies in rapid succession.
Arkham City broke from Arkham Asylum’s more linear course, and presented the player with a large open world to explore. With Arkham Knight, the Rocksteady team has boasted that the world will be five times larger than Arkham City was. However, don’t worry–despite the much larger world, the team has promised that it will still be as dense and interesting as Arkham City was.
Let’s not forget that the main villain in this iteration, the Arkham Knight (not to be confused with the Dark Knight), was specifically created for this game. He is described as a militarized version of Batman.
I’ll let that sink in a bit…
|The Arkham Knight in all his glory!|
Batman: Arkham Knight comes out on June 23rd, 2015 and will release on PC, XBOX1, and PS4. If you’re a PC gamer, you can get the game relatively cheap (a nice $36) from greemangaming.com when you use coupon code BATMAN-ARKHAM-SAVE40 at checkout.