The Dark Knight is back, as is his original studio. Rocksteady Games is reclaiming the popular Arkham series from WB Montreal and has announced Batman: Arkham Knight for release later this year.
The news first broke last week, when journalists at Videogamer.com noticed a listing for the game on the British retail website GAME. Game Informer quickly made things official by revealing Batman: Arkham Knight as its April cover game.
Rocksteady also gave us the game's official announcement trailer, "Father to Son." The four-minute clip features a monologue by Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne's late father, spoken over shots of Batman taking on some of Gotham's most infamous villains in the Batmobile. According to Game Informer, the Batmobile isn't just for the trailer, it's a core element of the gameplay.
"An entirely new area of Gotham City, far larger than Arkham City, has wider streets to accommodate the new driving gameplay that is designed to integrate smoothly with Batman's gliding and grappling traversal," the Game Informer article reads. "Batman chases down super villains Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, and more."
Rocksteady developed the first two games in the series, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, while WB Montreal handled last year's Arkham Origins. Although Arkham Origins was well received, it received less critical acclaim than the first two entries.
Arkham Knight is due later this year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. According to Gamestop's online listing, the current release date is Oct. 14, 2014.
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