Considering he's one of the most popular superheroes of all time, it's no surprise many players have enjoyed being able to play as Batman as the Dark Knight cleans up the city of Gotham. Both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were received well and Batman Arkham: Knight is going to round out the trilogy with Batman's biggest challenge yet.
In Arkham Knight, players will go face to face with even more notorious figures from the DC Comics world. This includes Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler, Firefly and Poison Ivy, with the supervillains all teaming up on Halloween night to exterminate Batman once and for all. Arkham Knight also features a militarized version of the hero, but as every Gotham citizen has fled the city, taking down all of those iconic DC foes isn't going to be easy.
Bringing that vision to life was also proving to be quite difficult for the game's developer Rocksteady Studios, who delayed the game from late 2014 to June 2nd, 2015. Now, the game is being delayed again as Rocksteady and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive have announced that the new Batman: Arkham Knight release date is June 23rd, 2015.
The game's director Sefton Hill has apologized in a statement:
"We're a developer that hates to make any compromises, so we are sorry to say this means it's going to be just a little bit longer until you can play the epic conclusion to the Arkham trilogy."
The reasons for the delay are unclear but when Arkham Knight was delayed last year, Rocksteady said that they wanted to "ensure [that they] are delivering the awesome level of quality that Batman fans and gamers expect from this". Not only is it the last game of the Batman Arkham trilogy but Rocksteady Studios has also stated that this will be their last ever Batman game, and so they will want be especially careful that they don't rush through development.
The delay is unfortunate but "as a reward for [fans'] patience and understanding" Rocksteady and Warner Bros. have released a brand new Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay trailer. In the seven and a half minutes of footage we see Batman work with Police Commissioner James Gordon as they look to secure the city following Scarecrow's threat that he'll detonate a chemical bomb. Since all of the citizens fled and criminals have taken over, Gordon's police force is stretched thin, which is why we also see Barbara Gordon (as Oracle, a hacker) lending her services to the fight.
In addition to some meaty looking combat, viewers also get a glimpse of Batman's Batmobile. The Batmobile will play a vital role in Batman's fight against the supervillians, especially as Arkham Knight features a much larger open world than Arkham City. The Batmobile is also equipped with explosives and other handy equipment which, as the gameplay trailer states, should help players "even the odds".
Did the new gameplay trailer make you more excited for Batman: Arkham Knight's release? Or are you too disappointed about the game's delay?
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on June 23rd, 2015.