This page includes spoiler details from the latest game in the series, Batman: Arkham Knight. Please proceed at your own risk.
|Batman: Arkham Knight|
Iron Galaxy Studios (Windows)
|Publisher||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment/DC Entertainment/Square Enix (Japan)|
|Engine||Unreal Engine 3|
|Release Date||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
June 23, 2015
|Genre||Action-adventure, Beat 'em Up, Stealth|
|Platforms||Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, Linux|
|Playstation 4||★★★★☆ (4.5/5)|
|Xbox One||★★★★☆ (4/5)|
Batman: Arkham Knight is a 2015 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios. It is the sequel to the 2011 video game Batman: Arkham City, it is the fourth installment in the Batman Arkham Quadrilogy. The game has been released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac OS and Linux. It was recently announced that the game would be delayed from June 2nd to June 23rd. It comes out for Mac and Linux in the fall. The game is the final game in the franchise to be developed by Rocksteady, the team which created both Asylum and City.
Cast and CharactersEdit
- Bruce Wayne/Batman (Kevin Conroy)
- Tim Drake/Robin (Matthew Mercer)
- Alfred Pennyworth (Martin Jarvis)
- Commissioner James Gordon (Jonathan Banks)
- Barbara Gordon/Oracle (Ashley Greene)
- Dick Grayson/Nightwing (Scott Porter)
- Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Grey DeLisle)
- Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (John Noble)
- Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn (Tara Strong)
- Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Troy Baker)
- Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Nolan North)
- Edward Nigma/The Riddler (Wally Wingert)
- Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy (Tasia Valenza)
- Garfield Lynns/Firefly (Crispin Freeman)
- Roman Sionis/Black Mask (Brian Bloom; Red Hood Gamestop pre-order bonus)
- Officer Aaron Cash (Duane R. Shepard Sr.)
- Michael Lane/Azrael (Khary Payton)
- Joker (Mark Hamill)
- Jack Ryder (James Horan)
- Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Mark Rolston)
- Thomas Elliot/Hush (Kevin Conroy)
- Vicki Vale (Grey DeLisle)
- Waylon Jones/Killer Croc (Cameo)
- Victor Zsasz (Cameo)
Characters marking their debut in the series:
- Jason Todd/Arkham Knight/Red Hood (Troy Baker; Red Hood Gamestop pre-order bonus)
- Lucius Fox (Dave Fennoy)
- Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat (Liam O'Brien)
- Francine Langstrom
- Simon Stagg (Phil Proctor)
- Lazlo Valentin/Professor Pyg (Dwight Schultz)
- Joseph Blackfire/Deacon Blackfire (Marc Worden)
- Christina Bell (Sara Cravens)
- Albert King (Isaac C. Singleton, Jr.)
- Jonathan Browne (Michael Rosenbaum)
- Henry Adams (Garrick Hagon)
- Raymond Underhill
- Lex Luthor (Voice Only)
- Kate Kane (Voice Only)
Henchmen in Arkham Knight:
- Combat Expert
- Combat Medics
- Mini Gunners
- Black Mask's Henchmen
- Bludhaven Police Officers
Nine months after the Joker's death, crime rates in Gotham City have dramatically declined, but Batman anticipates a new threat and maintains a vigil over the city. Before his death, the Joker sent his mutated blood to Gotham's hospitals, and several patients were infected. While most were cured, the patients who were not treated are starting to look and act like the Joker. Batman researches a cure for the mutations, and orders Robin to watch over the infected.
On Halloween night, Scarecrow unleashes his newest strain of Fear Gas in a diner, and threatens to release it throughout Gotham. Six million civilians are evacuated, but the city's criminals and supervillains stay behind, leaving Commissioner James Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department outnumbered. Batman investigates Scarecrow's presence, and rescues Poison Ivy from a rooftop safehouse, where she was being held captive by Scarecrow's henchman. In a makeshift Batcave in Gotham's Clock Tower, Barbara Gordon is collecting information on Scarecrow's new toxin, and traces its production to Ace Chemicals. Batman goes to investigate, but is confronted by the mysterious "Arkham Knight". Fighting through the Knight's militia, Batman confronts Scarecrow, who has rigged the Ace Chemicals building to explode. He is exposed to the fear toxin, which reacts with his own mutated blood to cause hallucinations of the Joker, and Scarecrow flees. Escaping from Ace Chemicals, Batman discovers that Barbara has been abducted by the Arkham Knight. He is forced to tell Gordon about his daughter's involvement in his crime-fighting, and the outraged Gordon swears that he will find Barbara without Batman's help.
Batman traces the Arkham Knight to an underground tunnel network, but does not find him. He and Nightwing interrogate the Penguin, who tells them that the Knight and Scarecrow are meeting with a businessman named Simon Stagg, who runs a pharmaceutical company. Batman discovers that Scarecrow paid Stagg to create a device known as the "Cloudburst", but Stagg tried to double-cross them and has been doused with fear toxin as punishment. Batman is also exposed to the toxin, which triggers a powerful hallucinogenic response. He receives a message from Scarecrow revealing that Barbara is in the same safehouse where Ivy was held, but before Batman can save her, Barbara is doused with fear toxin and shoots herself in the head. Alfred Pennyworth informs Batman that the Cloudburst is a dispersal device designed to flood all of Gotham with the fear toxin. To counteract this effect, Batman enlists the help of Ivy, who takes control of a large tree which develops giant flowers capable of neutralizing the toxin. Travelling to Batman's quarantine base in the Panessa Movie Studios, Batman speaks with Robin about his progress in finding a cure for the Joker mutations, but knowing that Robin's civilian identity Tim Drake was dating Barbara, he does not tell him about her death.
Harley Quinn has taken over the studios, planning to gather the mutated citizens and keep the Joker's legacy alive through them. Batman and Robin free the hostages and capture Harley, but the hostages are killed by Henry Adams, a mutated patient who has fully succumbed to the mutations and desires only the best of the infected to be the new Joker. When he confronts Batman, Henry inexplicably shoots himself, and Robin realizes that Batman himself is also infected with the Joker's blood. However, Batman refuses to be apprehended until Scarecrow has been stopped, and locks Robin in a holding cell. The Arkham Knight activates the Cloudburst device, flooding Gotham City with fear toxin. The toxicity overwhelms Ivy, and though Batman is able to help her clear the toxin by providing access to another tree and destroying the Cloudburst, she is unable to withstand the strain on her body and dies. Batman fights the Arkham Knight and pursues him to a bunker where Gordon is being held. The Knight reveals himself to be Jason Todd, the second Robin, whom Batman believed was murdered by the Joker. Jason fights Batman, but is defeated and drops his gun in shame.
Batman and Gordon proceed to meet Scarecrow on the building's roof. Gordon apologizes for his anger and says he has never forgotten how he met Bruce Wayne on the night of his parents' death, implying that he knows Batman's true identity. As they confront Scarecrow, Barbara is revealed to still be alive, and her suicide was a fear toxin-induced hallucination. Gordon shoots Batman in his bulletproof armor, seemingly killing him in exchange for his daughter's life, but Scarecrow instead pushes Barbara off the roof. Surviving the gunshot, Batman rescues Barbara and returns her to GCPD. He races back to the movie studios, only to find that Robin has been kidnapped by Scarecrow, who threatens to kill Robin unless Batman surrenders. He complies, and is driven to the long-abandoned ruins of Arkham Asylum. Scarecrow orders Gordon to remove Batman's cowl in front of a live video feed, revealing his true identity to the world. Gordon hesitantly does so, and Batman is exposed as Bruce Wayne. Scarecrow repeatedly injects Bruce with fear toxin to break him down further. Inside his mind, Batman grapples with more hallucinations of the Joker, but eventually overcomes his influence. Jason arrives and frees Bruce, who injects Scarecrow with the toxin, rendering him harmless.
After ensuring that every remaining supervillain threat is neutralized, Batman returns to GCPD and leaves his cowl next to the Bat-signal before leaving to begin the "Knightfall Protocol", while Gordon dispatches the police force to deal with the rioting criminals. Returning to Wayne Manor, Batman ignores the crowds of news reporters outside the gates as he steps inside. The manor suddenly explodes, seemingly killing Bruce Wayne.
Years later, Gordon has become the new Mayor of Gotham and is preparing to go to Barbara and Tim's wedding. As he leaves, Batman stops a gang of criminals mugging a young boy and his parents in an alley. The criminals claim that they are not afraid, but their confidence turns to screams as they hallucinate Batman turning into a bat monster.
Batman: Arkham Knight takes place in Gotham City, and is said to be five times bigger than Arkham City. Unlike Batman: Arkham Origins, the city is totally new and does not include any city sections that were in previous games. The developers have made the streets in the city larger and more spaced out so the player will have room to drive the Batmobile.
The player will be able to drive the Batmobile for the first time in the series. The Batmobile has features such as a seat that can be used to launch Batman out, and non-lethal mounted guns. The developers have also said that the Batmobile will be able to smash most things in the environment.
Players can also play as Harley Quinn for the first time in the series if they pre-order the game. She includes her own gameplay, which includes a different fighting style, gadgets, and dialogue.
The developers have also said that since the game is made for next-gen consoles, they finally have the freedom to do what they have always wanted with the series. One small perk of being on next-gen consoles is that the game will have no load screens when going in or out of buildings. It is said that one of the character models in the game uses as many polygons as the entire environment in Batman: Arkham Asylum, the game also has other graphic-related improvements, such as rain drops or blood dripping down Batman's Batsuit, and Batman's cape billowing around when the wind blows.
You can also use gadgets in mid-air. With this addon the player can be more strategic with enemy encounters. Not much has been said about what gadgets Batman can use in mid-air, but the trusty batarang has been confirmed to be usable in mid-air combat. Confirmed returning gadgets are the Batarang, Batclaw, Freeze Blast, Remote Electrical Charge Gun, and Explosive Gel.
Players will be able to attack and do special attacks on enemies with an ally such as Robin, Nightwing, or Catwoman. An example of this is Robin swinging Batman on his bo-staff.
The Side Missions include: Gotham on Fire (Firefly), Riddler's Revenge (Riddler), Two-Faced Bandit (Two-Face), Creature of the Night (Man-Bat), Gunrunner (Penguin), Campaign for Disarmament (Deathstroke), Friend in Need (Hush), The Perfect Crime (Professor Pyg) and Lamb to the Slaughter (Deacon Blackfire).
Players are also be able to switch between characters such as Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, and more!
☀More gameplay details will be revealed when it's closer to the game's launch on.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on June 23, 2015.
- Pre-Ordering Batman: Arkham Knight will allow you to play as Harley Quinn and additional 4 Challenge Maps.
- GameStop Exclusive: Batman 75th Anniversary Poster (While supplies last).
- Wal-Mart Exclusive: Prototype Batmobile.
- Gamestop Exclusive: Playable Red Hood character DLC
- Steam Exclusive: Future Skin Pack
March 4th, 2014: Batman: Arkham Knight gets announced, announcement trailer releases along side.
March 5th, 2014: Game Informer releases a Video Feature called "Revealing The Story Of Batman: Arkham Knight".
March 7th, 2014: Game Informer releases a article called "The Keys To The Batmobile - Designing Batman's Iconic Vehicle".
March 10th, 2014: Game Informer releases a Video Feature called "Batman's New Moves: The Animation Of Arkham Knight".
June 3rd, 2014: Rocksteady has revealed Battle-Mode in Batmobile and has officialy delayed "Batman: Arkham Knight" to 2015.
July 22nd, 2014: Red Hood DLC character announced
September 8th, 2014: The official release date is announced.
March 23rd, 2015: The release of "Batman: Arkham Knight" has again been delayed.
June 25th, 2015: Due to unfavorable reviews regarding the PC version of "Batman: Arkham Knight" as a result of poor optimization of the game to most computers, the PC version was pulled from stores a day after release to be fixed and properly optimized, set for a release in Fall, 2015.
More Development History to be added.
- Batman Arkham Knight is the first M rated super hero game that is ever made by Warner Brothers Studios.
- Until the Arkham Knight was revealed, some fans assumed that the title referred to Batman. Another name of his is the Dark Knight, and he has constantly averted disasters related to Arkham.
- Out of the four main Arkham games and the mobile games Arkham Knight has the most playable characters , eight in total. Including Batman , Catwoman, Robin, Nightwing, and Azrael in story mode by means of the new Duel Play feature and Harley Quinn, Red Hood, and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) via DLC.
- Batman Arkham Knight is the first game in the Arkham series as well as the first game in Batman history to be rated M for Mature.
- One of Batman's quotes (I am vengence, I am the night, I am Batman!) originated from Batman: The Animated Series, and is the quote Kevin Conory's Batman is most famous for saying.
- it is possible that Rocksteady forshadowed Batman: Arkham Knight's ending in Arkham City since Hugo Strange's note on Crime Alley read:" It will end where it all began" meaning both where the Arkahm games started and "finished"(in Arkham Asylum) and the legend of the Batman as a whole, so far; (it began in Crime Alley with his parents getting mugged shot and it ends with Batman stopping that from happening again to another family when they find themselfs in the same situation in an alley).