While Batman: Arkham Knight’s enigmatic new villain seems poised to give the Dark Knight one of his biggest challenges yet, keeping track of the game’s exclusive DLC is what really requires the brainpower of the World’s Greatest Detective.
To recap: the Harley Quinn DLC, which allows the audience to play as the Joker’s long-suffering girlfriend, is available to anyone who pre-orders the game. The Red Hood DLC, which casts players as Jason Todd, a former-Robin-turned-vigilante, is a GameStop exclusive. Players who want to drive the prototype Batmobile should order the game from Walmart, while those interested in a few exclusive Batman skins (and, optionally, a real-life Batmobile sculpture) should check out Arkham Knight’s two collector’s editions.
And then there are the console exclusives. Not only is Sony releasing a special Batman: Arkham Knight PlayStation 4 console, complete with a stylish Dark Knight faceplate and a steel grey controller, but PlayStation 4 gamers also get a downloadable pack of Scarecrow-themed “nightmare missions,” two alternate in-game outfits based on Justice League 3000 and Batman ’66, and a Batman ’66 Batmobile skin.
These exclusive offerings seem to favor PlayStation devotees, but Batman completionists who own an Xbox One or PC shouldn’t think about jumping ship just yet. According to an image on Amazon, PlayStation’s Batman: Arkham Knight DLC is exclusive “until at least fall 2015”; in other words, the PS4 content is a timed exclusive. Amazon just isn’t sure when the exclusivity period expires.
While Batman: Arkham Knight launches in June, it shouldn’t be too hard for the game to maintain players’ interest throughout the fall. Past Batman: Arkham games have arrived absolutely full of content, augmenting solid main campaigns with a series of puzzling “Riddler missions” and a gauntlet of challenge rooms that push players’ abilities to their limits. Arkham Knight expands on the series’ solid foundation by letting players drive the Batmobile, Batman’s iconic car, which shakes up gameplay with a vehicle-based battle mode. The game’s addictive combat and stealth modes have also received substantial upgrades, while a full arsenal of new gadgets and weapons should ensure that Arkham Knight is the ultimate Batman experience.
That’s just Batman: Arkham Knight, too. If current rumors prove true, Rocksteady Studios is also planning to release remastered versions of the first two Arkham games, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, in time for Christmas. Even Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is home to a host of secrets, leading players through a brief, web-based augmented reality game.
In short, 2015 is going to see a lot of Batman, with even more on the way: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters in March, 2016, and it’ll be shocking if there isn’t some kind of game-based tie-in coming with that, too.
Batman: Arkham Knight comes to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on June 23, 2015.