It’s been less than a day since Rocksteady Studios added DC super-assassin Deadshot to the rogues gallery on hand for Batman: Arkham City, and we’ve already got the first HD look at the character’s mission. Aside from showing off Rocksteady’s usual one-of-a-kind character design, the screens paint a clear picture of the methods the player will have to use to track down the crack shot. In case you weren’t sure whether Deadshot would fit into the new world of Arkham City, this should convince you.
It wouldn’t be out of line to suggest that Deadshot was not the villain many fans were expecting to be announced, as it certainly wasn’t our top choice. But in the official reveal video, Rocksteady’s Sefton Hill gave some compelling hints as to the plot points that could bring the world’s greatest detective and the world’s deadliest assassin together at last.
But for those of you who have been following Arkham City news closely, you know that Rocksteady isn’t viewing any part of Batman’s mythology as untouchable. The developers have already come up with new character designs for Robin, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman, so comic book incarnations of these characters may not be an accurate sign of what to expect. And for Deadshot, that’s absolutely the case.
The comic book portrayal of Deadshot is anything but grounded in reality, so the art department at Rocksteady had quite a task on their hands. The new HD screenshots show Deadshot’s new Arkham-inspired costume, complete with his patented wrist-mounted guns. You may not love the new design, but the glimpses of the side mission’s mechanics should be enough to satisfy.
It seems that Batman will be tracking down the sniper by tracing the path of his bullet (along with branded shell casings) across the skyline of Arkham City itself. Take a look for yourself:
These images may just detail Batman’s first run in with the supervillain, so it’s still hard to gauge just how integral to the main campaign Deadshot really is. Whether tracking a bullet across a city is simply an additional side quest, or a means of unveiling Deadshot as one of Batman’s major villains is anyone’s guess. Regardless, the gameplay does look to offer something different, and given Batman’s lack of firearms we wouldn’t mind steering clear of a shootout with the man who never misses his mark.
What do you think of the character design of Deadshot? Do you think the new outfit is enough to fit into the world of Arkham City, or would you have preferred a more contemporary villain? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Batman: Arkham City will be released on October 18, for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
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