Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight is the climactic chapter of their Arkham trilogy, an epic exploration of the Dark Knight’s career that began with 2009’s Arkham Asylum. Rocksteady has thrown in everything plus the kitchen sink for this concluding installment, from Bat-allies such as Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman, to the chance to rocket around Gotham in the Batmobile for the first time. While another developer might take up the mantle in the future, like Warner Bros. Montreal did with 2013’s Arkham Origins, Arkham Knight looks to be Rocksteady’s final, definitive word on the Batman.
While Arkham Knight hit both current-gen consoles and PC last week, the PC launch has encountered some serious turbulence along the way, to the point that Warner Bros. actually suspended sales of the game and began offering refunds. Even in an era where buggy launches for AAA games are the norm more than the exception, that’s rough. Still, there are plenty of reasons gamers might want to consider grabbing the PC version once it’s stabilized, and chief among them is possibility of entertaining fan-made mods.
Case in point, a snazzy new Arkham Knight mod that lets players do something that’s undoubtedly near the top of many gamers’ Arkham wish lists: play not just as Batman, but as his allies. That’s something that’s offered in small chunks via expansions such as the Harley Quinn and Red Hood DLC packs, but this mod by Wastelander121 and MrJAG allows gamers to experience the game’s Free Roam mode in the role of Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Robin, Azrael, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, GCPD Officer Owens, and even Batman’s civilian guise, Bruce Wayne.
It’s not quite the same as playing a DLC that gives players new stories custom-made for these characters, but it does offer some very different gameplay experiences, with the characters bringing different fighting styles, weapons, and move sets to the table — Red Hood even packs a pair of firearms, something that’s about as un-Batman as it’s possible to get. The chance to clean up Gotham’s streets as these characters is no doubt something many fans have been waiting decades for, especially since characters like Nightwing and Red Hood aren’t good candidates to headline their own games.
Gamers will want to backup files and saves before applying the mod, as there’s always the potential for trouble when players begin tinkering with the developer’s original designs. A download link for the mod, as well as instructions on how to install and use it, can be found in the description below the video here.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is continuing to deal with the various problems plaguing Arkham Knight‘s PC version, including framerate drops and audio glitches. WB Games released a patch today that fixed several known bugs, but there is still more to be done. As a community post from Warners put it, “The work is significant and while we are making good progress on improving performance, it will take some time to ensure that we get the right fixes in place.” Hopefully, Rocksteady and Warners will be able to whip PC Arkham Knight into Batman-approved fighting shape sooner rather than later.
And once they’re done with that, maybe they’ll turn their attentions toward another DC icon…
Batman: Arkham Knight is currently available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.