What if you wanted to make a game about Gotham City but couldn’t center it around Batman? Easy! You hit the bench. Warner Bros. revealed the opening chapter of Knight of GothamIts action game about DC hero ai Not the Caped Crusader.
Knight of Gotham, first announced in 2020in development at WB Games Montreal, best known for its 2013 action game Batman: Arkham Origins. WB Games was previously shared a 13-minute gameplay clip features B-class DC anti-heroes Nightwing and Red Hood. (Knight of Gotham serves as a repeat of Jason Todd.) The most recent clip, which shows about 15 minutes of gameplay from the opening chapter, focuses solely on Batgirl. Through the IGNHere is the clip:
IGN note that WB Games is keeping specific plot details under wraps, but it’s clear that the four playable characters — Batgirl, Red Hood, Nightwing, and Robin — are reeling with Batman’s Death. The opening mission focuses on Batgirl planning to infiltrate a facility, continuing the trail of a case that Batman didn’t complete before his death.
The previous footage of Knight of Gotham tease a game that is heavy on collecting equipment and navigation “biggest” version” of Gotham Citypromote fear that it will just be another open world loot game. But the basic gameplay shown today, without exploring those aspects of the game, actually looks pretty bad. Who knows: Maybe this is another open world game with an assassin campaign stuffed with tons of side quests.
There is a grappling hook (yeah). Batgirl hires some Witcher-style “under investigation”, meaning you press a button to automatically light a path with footprints telling you exactly where you need to go. The battle against forage seemed both heavy and intense. As with about 90% of all game previews, the clip ends with a fight against a mini-boss. With a shield. And some blatant signs of sociopathy.
It’s all very sumptuously rendered, though of course the arms race of graphical fidelity has rapidly approached the point of diminishing returns. Still, for those interested in behind-the-scenes development diaries, here’s a brief clip showing the motion-capture work put into the game:
Gotham Knights has had a bit of a rocky road to release. It was initially planned to launch in 2021 across console generations. Last March, WB Games delayed it to 2022. This past May, WB Games removed the last generation versions. That same month, backlash from developers for including a character bio for Batgirl based mainly on tropes (it was rewritten). Knight of Gotham slated to release on October 25 for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.