From details on the Batmobile to commentary on Rocksteady’s decision to end its now iconic run with DC’s brooding hero, the last month has been chock-full of news related to Batman: Arkham Knight. None of the screenshots or trailers have inspired quite the same kind of internet creativity that the reveal of the Ben Affleck batsuit for Batman vs. Superman did last week, but it has still been exciting stuff for fans of the franchise.
A new gameplay trailer released this morning for Batman: Arkham Knight gives eager fans plenty to drool over until the game launches. The previous cinematic trailer introduced the brand-new titular villain and the long-awaited Batmobile, but this is the first time we’re seeing the game in action. There’s a lot to admire in the two-minute preview and the new-generation game is looking incredibly stunning, even in comparison to the series’ recent entries, which were impressive in their own right.
We know that the game kicks off five years after the events of Arkham City and it looks like an intimidating rogues gallery has been assembled to bring down the Bat once and for all. Arkham Knight may be a brand-new villain, even to comic book fans, but there are still plenty of familiar faces causing chaos in Gotham for fanboys and girls to spot. The Scarecrow, Penguin, and an extra disgusting (thanks to the revved up graphics) Two-Face all appear before the Arkham Knight shows up and pins the hero down with a gun.
The trailer isn’t all about the bad guys, though. We get a look at the supporting cast, which includes both Oracle giving guidance from the computer (likely in the Batcave) and Jim Gordon on the streets. Most importantly though, we see what kind of support the Batmobile has to offer. Plenty of the marketing for the game has focused around the introduction of the Batmobile into the city (which is five times the size of Arkham City’s map), so it’s no surprise that the gameplay trailer spends some time showcasing the car’s power.
Similar to the Batmobile that was recently revealed for the upcoming Batman versus Superman film, the ride seems to be inspired by a mix of the big-wheeled tumbler introduced in the Christopher Nolan films and the more classic long-nosed look of the car from the comics. Driving fans will be happy to see that the car will be used as more than just a taxi to the different locations in Gotham. The combat-ready vehicle will likely see plenty of action in the game and even has the ability to pull a 360 in the circular tunnels of what appears to be Gotham’s sewers.
Between the well-polished graphics and the new gameplay opportunities offered by the addition of the Batmobile, Arkham Knight is looking incredibly strong at this point. With E3 just around the corner, we expect to learn more about the game in the coming month. Perhaps the rumored October release date will even be addressed at the show.
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Batman: Arkham Knight is rumored to release on October 14, 2014 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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