The wait is almost over. Tomorrow, Batman: Arkham Knight releases to legions of fans hungry to dish out some beatdowns to the hordes of thugs inhabiting the streets of Gotham City. After roughly a year of anticipation intensified by the barrage of countless ad campaigns and in-depth footage, such as Arkham Insider’s behind-the-scenes looks at the game, Rocksteady Studios has decided to ratchet up the excitement another notch with one more video. Today, the game developers have shared the official launch trailer for Batman Arkham Knight that teases an ultimate sacrifice on the Dark Knight’s part.
Although some might consider showing new clips of Batman: Arkham Knight the day before it goes on sale to be a superfluous move—especially with a TV spot already in existence that basically hints at the same thing—Rocksteady Studios is hoping to sway any gamers that happen to be on the fence by using overt dramatics. However, the footage has been edited in a way to make a lot of the content seem fresh, even though most of it is retreading old ground.
Regardless, the trailer features the fresh, sonorous voice talents of Jonathan Banks in the role of Commissioner Gordon, as he waxes poetic about the noble, yet tragic plight of the valorous hero. For instance, Banks declares that the bona fide end for such a person is in bravely facing his or her demise, saying, “For the hero, the only true conclusion is death. The hero does not cower to death, for that would belittle life.”
While such grim language suggests the death of the Dark Knight, a glimmer of hope remains, as the narration offers some, albeit little, optimism. Banks goes on to say, “Let those who knew him well speak of his fierce loyalty, unwavering convictions, and when the time came, his ultimate willingness to give all. Legends live on. Only man comes to an end.”
Even if Batman shakes the reaper’s hand by the end of Batman: Arkham Knight, at least fans can take comfort in the fact that Rocksteady Studios has crafted a fitting denouement for the Caped Crusader. And should there still be anyone unsure as to whether or not Batman: Arkham Knight is an essential purchase, the overwhelmingly positive reviews ought to push them in the right direction.
Do you consider the possibility of Batman’s death in the game to be a trite plot point? All the same, will you be donning the cowl when Batman: Arkham Knight goes on sale tomorrow? And if you’re a PlayStation 4 player, are you prepared to wait for the hiccup of downloading the title’s 3.5GB Day One patch?
Batman: Arkham Knight releases June 23, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.