Gotham Knights finally revealed itself at the DC Fandome, and now we know that the game does not take place in the Batman Arkham universe.
Spoiler Warning: Spoilers for Batman: Arkham Knight ahead
Batman is dead in Gotham Knights, and the Batfamily has to pick up the mantle that was left behind. Players step into the role of Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, and Red Hood as they take on threats to Gotham City, including Mr. Freeze and The Court Of Owls. Batman also died at the end of Arkham Knight, which lead a lot of fans to believe that Gotham Knights starts where Arkham Knight ended. In a quote obtained by Comicbook.com, WB Montreal said, “Gotham Knights is an original story set in DC’s Batman Universe and not connected to the Arkham series.”
There are some inconsistencies between the Arkham franchise and the Gotham Knights trailer. Batgirl is one of the playable characters in Gotham Knights, but in the Arkham franchise, she is Oracle because Joker has crippled her. Red Hood in the Gotham Knights game died and was revived, which isn’t the case in Arkham.
Gotham Knights is WB Montreal’s next Batman game since Arkham: Origins. The trailer shows co-op between two players, and damage numbers similar to RPG games. It’s a different take on the Batman games, but it is good for WB Montreal to try and go in a different direction than the Arkham games. Arkham: Origins is the black sheep of the Arkham franchise. Having the next Batman game not take place in that universe should allow WB Montreal to inject their ideas into their own game without having to live up to the expectations of a Batman Arkham game.
DC Fandome is DC’s 24-hour live stream celebrating their movies, games, comics, and TV shows. Gotham Knights was revealed earlier in the day, and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League announcement is later today. There are also rumors about an Injustice 3 reveal during the event. Gotham Knights releases sometimes in 2021.
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