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Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman Arkham Knight-coverart
Development
Developer Rocksteady Studios Iron Galaxy Studios (Windows)
Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment/DC Entertainment/Square Enix (Japan)
Writer(s) Sefton Hill, Martin Lancaster, Paul Crocker
Engine Unreal Engine 3
Release Date PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC June 23, 2015
Game Information
Genre Action-adventure, Beat 'em Up, Stealth
Modes Single-player
Platforms Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, Linux
Reviews
PC ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
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, and is the fourth and final installment in the Batman: Arkham series. The game has been released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac OS and Linux. It was released worldwide on June 23, 2015.[1] 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.

Arkham Knight is co-written and directed by Rocksteady co-founder Sefton Hill and the main story shows that Scarecrow, the Arkham Knight and Deathstroke have made an alliance on Halloween night as they plan to drown Gotham City into fear toxin and unmask Batman. The game has received universal acclaim but was criticized by the use of the Batmobile segments. The PC port was controversial because of the technical glitches while the other versions had little to no problems.

Cast and CharactersEdit

Arkham Knight features a large ensemble cast of characters pulled from the history of Batman comics. Returning characters include:

Characters marking their debut in the series:


Henchmen in Arkham Knight:

Referenced:

PlotEdit

PrologueEdit

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.

The Arkham KnightEdit

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.

Scarecrow's PlansEdit

Batman hi 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.

Joker MutantsEdit

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.

City of FearEdit

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.

The Identity Of The Arkham KnightEdit

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.

The Final BattleEdit

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.

This Is How The Batman Died/EpilogueEdit

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. Some time later, Gordon has become the new Mayor of Gotham and is preparing to go to Barbara and Tim's wedding. As he leaves, a new 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 the new Batman turning into a bat monster.

GameplayEdit

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.

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 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 Most-Wanted 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 during Dual Play such as Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.

ReleaseEdit

Batman: Arkham Knight was released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on June 23, 2015.

Pre-Order BonusesEdit

  • Pre-Ordering Batman: Arkham Knight will allow you to play as Harley Quinn.
  • 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.
  • Amazon Exclusive: Batman First Appearance costume.

All the pre-order content later became DLC on August 2015.

Downloadable Content (DLC)Edit

For Arkham Knight, Rocksteady made a Season Pass for all DLC for $39.99. The DLC will be spread for 6 post release months from July 2015 to December 2015. The season pass owners will get the DLC a week early from the general public.

Scarecrow NightmareEdit

Scarcrow Nightmare consists of three Batmobile tracks of Gotham City with Scarecrow's fear toxin in it. It is a timed exclusive for the PS4 until Fall 2015.

Harley Quinn Story PackEdit

Harley Quinn Story Pack takes place just before Arkham Knight as Harley Quinn attempts to rescue Poison Ivy at Bludhaven.

Red Hood Story PackEdit

Red Hood Story Pack takes place after Arkham Knight as the Red Hood plans to kill Black Mask.

Batgirl: A Matter of FamilyEdit

Batgirl: A Matter of Family focuses on a prequel segment set before Arkham Asylum to show the adventures of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. It was released for Season Pass owners on July 14th, 2015 and released for the general public on July 21st, 2015.

Crimefighter Challenge MapsEdit

Crimefighter Challenge Maps consists of extra challenge maps and playable characters for all the maps. The first pack will release in September 1st, 2015 for Season Pass owners and will release for the public in September 8th, 2015.

GCPD LockdownEdit

GCPD Lockdown takes place after Arkham Knight as Nightwing prevents the Penguin from leaving GCPD. It will be released in September 2015.

The Season of InfamyEdit

The Season of Infamy is six extra Most-Wanted missions which focus on Batman defeating six extra villains at Gotham City including Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc, Ra's al Ghul, Black Mask, Mad Hatter and Prometheus with new story arcs and gameplay features.

Gotham City StoriesEdit

Gotham City Stories focuses on Batman's allies including Catwoman, Azrael, Robin and Nightwing during and after Arkham Knight.

Alternate SkinsEdit

BatmanEdit

1st Appearance Batman skin

1970's Batsuit skin

1989 Batsuit skin

Anime Batman Suit skin

Arkham Asylum Batsuit

Arkham Origins Batsuit

Batsuit V7.43 (Arkham City suit)

Batsuit V8.03 (Arkham Knight suit)

Batsuit V8.04 (Arkham Knight suit without battle-damage)

Batman Beyond Batsuit skin

Batman Earth 2 skin

Classic TV series Batsuit skin

Flashpoint Batman skin

Iconic Grey & Black Batsuit skin

Justice League 3000 Batman skin

New 52 Batman skin

The Dark Knight Returns skin

CatwomanEdit

Arkham Knight Catsuit

1990's Catwoman skin

RobinEdit

Arkham City Robin suit Arkham Knight Robin suit

Arkham Origins Robin suit

New 52 Robin (Dick Grayson) skin

One Year Later Robin skin

NightwingEdit

Arkham Knight Nightwing suit

Classic Arkham City suit

New 52 Nightwing skin


BatmobileEdit

Normal Batmobile

Prototype Batmobile

Batmobile Mark II

1960s Batmobile

Jokermobile (Story mode only)

1989 Batmobile

The Dark Knight Trilogy Tumbler Batmobile

Development HistoryEdit

March 4, 2014: Batman: Arkham Knight gets announced, announcement trailer releases along side, scheduled for release on October 14, 2014. March 5, 2014: Game Informer releases a Video Feature called "Revealing The Story Of Batman: Arkham Knight".

March 7, 2014: Game Informer releases a article called "The Keys To The Batmobile - Designing Batman's Iconic Vehicle". March 10, 2014: Game Informer releases a Video Feature called "Batman's New Moves: The Animation Of Arkham Knight". June 3, 2014: Rocksteady has revealed Battle-Mode in Batmobile and has officialy delayed Batman: Arkham Knight to 2015. July 22, 2014: Red Hood DLC character announced September 8, 2014: The official release date is announced (June 2, 2015). February 24, 2015: It was revealed that Batman: Arkham Knight had been given an M for Mature rating by the ESRB. February 25, 2015: PEGI followed suit by giving the game an 18 rating. March 23, 2015: The release of Batman: Arkham Knight has again been delayed (by three weeks to June 23, 2015). June 25, 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. July 6, 2015: Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC information was released by Entertainment Weekly as well as the announcement of the release date, scheduled for July 14, 2015 for Arkham Knight DLC ­season-pass holders or it can be purchased separately on July 21, 2015 for regular customers. More Development History to be added.

TrailerEdit

GalleryEdit

Trivia Edit

  • Batman: Arkham Knight is the first M-rated (and 18-rated) superhero game that is ever made by Warner Bros. Studios.
    • Also, it is the first game in the Arkham series as well as the first game in Batman history to be rated M for Mature (and PEGI 18).
  • 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, twelve in total. Including Batman, Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing in story mode by means of the new Duel Play feature and Harley Quinn, Red Hood, and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) via DLC. You can also play as the Joker in a main mission, along with playing as Azrael in a side mission. also, for a brief period of time, you can play as Jim Gordon, Hush and a Police Officer.
  • 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 Conroy'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 Arkham 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 a new Batman stopping that from happening again to another family when they find themselves in the same situation in an alley).
  • Batman: Arkham Knight has the the most boss battles in one game, about 24 different villains fights.
  • Its entirely possible that the original title for the game was Arkham World as shown on Joker's script in 2011.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Another delay for the Arkham Knight

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