Gotham Knights: Should You Care About the DC Game That Doesn’t Star Batman?

Bruce Wayne is dead. And Gotham’s nefarious criminals are desperate to capitalize on a city devoid of violent vigilante justice and a sociopathic billionaire in a mask. But there’s one thing they didn’t anticipate – Batman’s various offspring. Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin and Red Hood are the namesakes Gotham Knightsand it’s up to them to take on Batman’s task of protecting the seemingly always endangered Gotham from the criminally insane.

The game begins with Batman’s bat signal sending a bat call to his four subordinates, warning them that all hell is about to break loose in Gotham after he (apparently) kicks the bat bucket.

The title is being developed by Warner Bros.’ in-house team at WB Montréal – the same studio that was responsible for Batman: Arkham Origins at the time. This game isn’t a direct continuation of the Arkam series, but more of a side story from that side of things – it will be Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, continuing the stories from the original trilogy.

The Court of Owls will be the main antagonist in the game.

If you want to know more about the characters in this title, here’s who you can play as:

  • Dick Grayson / nightwing: The OG Robin who wanted something darker and brooding for his superhero nickname.
  • jason todd / Little Red Riding Hood: Robin number two, who suffered something of a psychotic breakdown when the Joker nearly stomped him.
  • Barbara Gordon / bat girl: A woman who mourns a lot; Her father, Jim Gordon, predeceased Batman. But just because she’s alone doesn’t mean she can’t kick ass.
  • Tim Drake / Robin: The current Robin (in this timeline) with plenty to live by it looks like.

As far as gameplay is concerned, we will not only travel with vehicles in open-world segments of the game, but we will also be able to traverse smaller environments and engage in close-range CQC and melee combat, as well as taking out enemies stealthily. It will be interesting to see how this will also change based on what character is being played in different parts of the game, what character you are playing as and how co-op works in the usual single player setup.

It’s a bold move to make a Batman game without Batman, but with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League operating on the other side of the DC Universe, the title seems well poised to please Dark Knight fans to provide the kind of action they are craving.

But is it worth getting upset about? It remains to be seen – I personally haven’t rated Arkham Origins at all, so the jury is out on whether WB Games will be able to deliver anything truly meritorious with this one. Times (and developers) change, so maybe WB managed to get their bat shit together enough to really deliver the goods this time. I’m also torn on the multi-protagonist thing, and I’m excited to see if the game can hold its own against veteran all-timers Rocksteady and their own, broader DC affair with Kill the Justice League.

I remain unconvinced, but maybe sometime this year a really good gameplay trailer will convince me that this game is actually worth playing after all.

Gotham Knights is currently set to release on October 25th, 2022 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC after having a deal from 2021. Gotham Knights: Should You Care About the DC Game That Doesn’t Star Batman?

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