As the final chapter in Rocksteady’s Arkham trilogy, it didn’t take long for Batman: Arkham Knight to convince us this would be something special. From the very second the first trailer debuted, DC Comics fans were abuzz and filled with excitement, as they saw a better-looking, darker Batman tale was on the way.
However, while much of Batman: Arkham Knight’s promotion has focused on the silky smooth gameplay and new batmobile mechanics of Rocksteady’s new game, the story has been a seemingly closely guarded secret. Sure, Warner Bros. has given us a general overview and even teased the identity of the mysterious Arkham Knight, but there are apparently more secrets in store for gamers.
In the latest Batman: Arkham Knight trailer, Rocksteady Studios puts the focus on Gotham’s rogue’s gallery, who have taken the iconic city as their own. From Two-Face to Penguin, Harley Quinn to Riddler, the remaining Batman foes are ready to finally put an end to the dark knight’s reign.
But, as the trailer shows, Batman is more than up to the task at hand. Granted, it may require a less delicate approach when dealing with thugs – hence the M rating for Batman: Arkham Knight – but Batman appears plenty capable against his would-be killers.
Although much of the focus has been placed on the Arkham Knight, it is Scarecrow who continues to take center stage in these Batman promotional materials. This trailer also gives Fringe and Sleepy Hollow actor John Noble another chance to shine as the voice of Scarecrow, which by our estimations sounds like a perfect fit. It’s obviously not Mark Hamill’s Joker, but a decent replacement nonetheless.
It’s also worth touching upon the brutal takedowns in the Arkham Knight trailer, if only because we now know the game will be rated M for Mature. While it’s unclear if the more aggressive combat played a part in the rating, everything that’s packed into the trailer appears appropriately dark. That isn’t to say past Arkham games weren’t violent, but perhaps the fidelity afforded by current-gen platforms has made it so the punches hit a little harder and therefore are no longer appropriate for younger eyes.
Or maybe Batman’s desperation while protecting Gotham forces him to break his cardinal rule? It wouldn’t be the first time Batman has taken a life, and with his back up against the wall there may be no other choice.
Either way, Batman: Arkham Knight continues to impress from a technical level and is tantalizing where story is concerned. June can’t come soon enough.
What do you think of the latest Batman: Arkham Knight trailer? Which villain are you most excited to see return?
Batman: Arkham Knight releases June 2, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.