‘Batman: Arkham City’ Nightwing Revealed [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 4th, 2011 at 11:34 am,

Batman Arkham City Nightwing Revealed Playable

After much speculation and more surprises than many would have ever expected, it looks like the final character that players will be able to embody in Batman: Arkham City has been revealed. Fans of the comic books can breathe a sigh of relief, as the latest achievements for Arkham City have confirmed that Nightwing will be a playable character in the game’s Challenge Mode.

[Update: New screenshots of Nightwing have been leaked online. take a look here!]

Former Robin Dick Grayson is all grown up, and will join Catwoman and Tim Drake’s Robin as playable fighters in the extensive Challenge Mode of the upcoming game. It still seems that only Catwoman will be appearing in the main campaign, but having Robin and Nightwing together in the same game is likely enough to keep die-hard comic fans happy.

Rocksteady Studios had let it slip some time ago that Arkham City would have a fourth playable character, and there is no question that plenty of comic book fans took that as a sign that Dick Grayson may have a role in the game after all. Now thanks to a few achievements posted online, it looks like those suspicions have been confirmed.

The achievements in question were posted on PS3Trophies.org, entitled ‘Nightwing Revenge’ and ‘Campaign Nightwing.’ The trophies bear the same name and challenge as those released for Robin, so all we need now is an official confirmation from Rocksteady.

Batman Arkham City Nightwing Achievements

Rocksteady had previously stated that there were no more character reveals coming before the game’s launch, but it’s hard to think that they had intended on keeping Nightwing a secret. Because while the developers may be making it their goal to make Robin ‘cool,’ Nightwing doesn’t need any help. We’ll have to wait for an official announcement and character models, but it’s a safe bet that Dick Grayson’s darker moniker will be right at home in Arkham City.

The inclusion of Nightwing doesn’t just put the doubts of comic fans to rest, but opens up a world of possibilities for the game’s future. If Nightwing uses his trademark batons, then the combination of acrobatics and weapons could offer a very different flow of combat. Where Robin’s in-game model seems based on Batman, with the addition of a metal staff, Nightwing’s won’t be so simple. Considering Grayson’s acrobatic style, it’s extremely likely that his combat will be similar to Catwoman’s, punctuated by his steel batons.

Hopefully Nightwing will be given the same selection of alternate skins as Tim Drake, but beggars can’t be choosers. While many will be disappointed to hear that Nightwing won’t have a role to play in Arkham City‘s campaign, there is every chance that both he and Robin could eventually star in their own episodic DLC. We won’t let our imagination get away from us, but sizable expansions following any of the playable characters seems like too good an opportunity to pass up.

Arkham City Nightwing comic

Now Batman fans have yet another reason to pick up Arkham City, if they needed any more. We’re still waiting for the Robin trailer we’ve been promised, and hope that a Nightwing trailer may be following not too far behind.

Nightwing has yet to be officially announced as DLC or a retailer-exclusive bonus, but we’ll update you whenever new information is released. What’s your initial reaction to Nightwing being included? Think Rocksteady may be laying the foundations of an entirely new franchise? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Batman: Arkham City will launch on Xbox 360 and PS3 on October 18. A PC release has been delayed into November.

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Source: PS3Trophies.org (via arkhamcity.co.uk)

TAGS: Batman, Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City, PC, PS3, Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive

  • http://gamerant.com Vivas Kaul

    By the way “punctuated by his steel batons” is the name of my new dubstep quartet.

  • eli h.

    I rlly hope nightwing can b part of the pre-order for best buy..or else I’m kinda screwed :/

    • http://gamerant.com Vivas Kaul

      Since there hasn’t been an official announcement its entirely possible that Nightwing will be DLC at a later date.

      • http://gamerant.com/author/dyce/ Andrew Dyce

        For the record, I would be totally okay with that.

  • Kholdstare89

    Nice. Dick is a great character and I hope his acrobatics make it into his playstyle.

  • Alexander Von Rethrix

    I was hoping for joker, or batwoman. A robin and a ex-robin, just seems like too much boy wonder.

    • apex

      That’s what I’m saying. Gimme Harley Quinn!

  • http://gamerant.com/author/dyce/ Andrew Dyce

    I sincerely hope that Rocksteady sticks to their design philosophies and just keeps great Bat-verse games coming. A Robin game? Sure. Nightwing in Bludhaven? Absolutely!

    Comic book games that are actually good come along so rarely, that I have no problems with Rocksteady just sticking to DC properties. As long as there are great stories obviously, but I trust them to come up with ’em.

    • apex

      Im a huge marvel fan boy and I couldn’t agree more

  • ian conrad

    i just hope hes not like Tim drake in fighting styles or moves or worse just an alternate skin for Tim and not actually his own character.

    • AJ

      He would be his own character since Dick Grayson is Nightwing. The next step up for Tim would be Red Robin.

  • Jnoone

    this Sounds Great i was hoping for Batwoman, but Nightwing is more then acceptable, icant wait nightwing has always been near to the top of my fav hero list

  • jwalka

    i highly doubt he’s DLC, otherwise he wouldn’t be listed under current achievements, my bet is that you unlock him after completing the game (quite possible under the hardest difficulty).

  • ascendeddevil

    “i highly doubt he’s DLC, otherwise he wouldn’t be listed under current achievements, my bet is that you unlock him after completing the game (quite possible under the hardest difficulty).”

    Robin is also on that list and you can only get him by pre-ordering from chosen retailers or a later on dlc

  • TheBatman

    So my fav sidekick made the cut. Alfred must have gave him all tens in the prelims.


    Looks like BATMAN ARKHAM CITY is gonna be packed with plenty of extras ,I’m so ready to pick up my collectors edition I hope it comes in a cool case just like the collectors edition of Arkham asylum. :-)

  • CaptainAmerica

    So hope this is true!

  • http://www.screenrant.com TheAvenger

    This is awesome! (If it turns out to be true…)

  • DJB

    Yeah Boy!! Hope they don’t mess his suit up like Deadshot’s.

  • brandon

    I like this news, nightwing was my favorite behind batman… but IMO, its basiclly the same as batman, catwoman, and robin, I think it would be a better change of pace if it was this guy…


    after all, why would this pic be on the net if they didnt want to use him for this reason?

    That guy would change it up alot… everyone would be different in style, batman has the gadgets, catwoman has the agility as well as the whip, robin has the speed and staff, and this guy would have the strength…

    I do like this pick because he is one of my favorites, but he is too much like the other playable characters…

  • jesus

    yeah guys but we should NEVER forget that batman is the badass of this game !!! B)