Some of the most memorable parts of Batman: Arkham Asylum were the sequences where players were tormented by the Scarecrow in toxin-induced hallucinations. The villain was absent from Arkham City and Arkham Origins — but a new trailer shows he’s back to his old tricks for Arkham Knight.
We already know that Scarecrow is set to play a big part in the game’s plot, as early trailers revealed that he’s a co-conspirator of the titular Arkham Knight. Now, we’ve been given a sneak peek at just what players can expect when they square off with the character in-game.
The trailer shows a scene not too dissimilar to the eerie Scarecrow sections in Arkham Asylum, with one important twist — rather than being on foot, Batman is driving the Batmobile around Gotham. With Fear Toxin turning the sky blood red and raining down fire on the streets, it looks like a very compelling sequence.
However, many players won’t have access to this content, as the Scarecrow Nightmare Missions are a timed PlayStation 4 exclusive. PC and Xbox One owners will no doubt be disappointed to hear this, as the gameplay on show makes it look like a part of the game few will want to miss out on.
Bonus content can be a mutually beneficial way for studios to give players an extra incentive to buy games for a particular platform or from a specific retailer, but it’s a strategy that can backfire if it’s not implemented well. Given the sheer amount of content being offered for Arkham Knight, there’s a chance that could be the case here.
Between pre-order skins and bonus mission packs, it’s getting rather difficult to keep track of the various pieces of extra content that are being offered in conjunction with the game. While much of it is supplementary or superficial, it’s difficult to shake the thought of whether it’s worth waiting for a ‘definitive’ version of the game with everything included.
It’s symptomatic of a bigger problem that the industry faces: early adopters being shortchanged for their purchase. Whether it’s missing out on interesting content or simply being presented with a broken product, it’s a trend that could wreak havoc on developer-fan relationships.
Still, PlayStation 4 owners can look forward to yet another engaging encounter with the Scarecrow — and, for everyone else, it seems that there will still be plenty of Gotham to explore as Rocksteady’s Batman adaptation reaches its conclusion.
Batman: Arkham Knight is scheduled to release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on June 23, 2015.