While the hot days of summer mean plenty of hours to kill with games that may have been overlooked, there’s no shortage of gamers who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of fall for a chance to once again play as Gotham City’s masked vigilante in Batman: Arkham City. With San Diego Comic Con in full swing, the developers at Rocksteady have been kind enough to release a brand new trailer revealing two of Arkham City‘s new villains.

With the massive expansion from the single location of Arkham Asylum to the now open-world environments of Arkham City, Batman will have more than a few enemies and classic supervillains to deal with.

We’ve already seen the role the Riddler will be playing in our hands-on from Comic Con, and Talia al Ghul has also been confirmed, but now we have our first look at the newly-redesigned Penguin, and the surprise return of an old favorite.

Stunning and moody black and white artwork is more than welcome in the months leading up to the game’s October release, but there really is no substitute for actual gameplay and official character reveals.

So take a look at the newest trailer out of SDCC to get an idea of the direction the developers are taking with Oswald Cobblepot:

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There’s a good chance that Cobblepot’s cockney accent will come as a surprise to many, as well as his less-than-birdlike appearance. Rocksteady Studios’ has already come out to explain their take on Penguin, and even from this first look it’s clear that they’ve got something different in mind. After storming onto the scene with the first Batman title, nobody can accuse Rocksteady of coasting with the sequel, having already angered a few fans by redesigning and updating beloved characters.

The gameplay itself seems to show combat that’s been expanded alongside the size of the game, with Batman having to take on a large group of enemies simultaneously. It’s difficult to tell just how much that will factor into player strategies without getting to play the game, but we’re more than happy to mull over the possibilities until then.

While it was a foregone conclusion that Penguin would be playing his usual role in Arkham City – with more than a few bird-emblazoned henchmen in toe – actually seeing the version of the villain that lives in this particular franchise’s world is a treat.

The surprise appearance of Solomon Grundy will likely be lost on many, since more than a few years have passed since the grey-skinned powerhouse held the spotlight. Regardless, it’s a good sign that there could be even more classic villains to come after the game’s release.

What do you think of the new take on Penguin? Would you have preferred something a bit closer to the typical portrayal, or are you all for Rocksteady blazing their own trail?

Batman: Arkham City will be released on October 18 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.

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