‘Batman: Arkham Knight’: Rocksteady readies game for next-gen consoles

March 04, 2014 | 6:48 p.m.

Batman is getting a next-gen makeover.

“Batman: Arkham Knight” will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC later this year, the fourth console edition of the popular “Arkham” series and the third to be overseen by London’s Rocksteady Studios.

According to a Warner Bros. Interactive release, the new game will serve as the “conclusion” of the “Arkham” series. Regular Batman super villains will return, as the Caped Crusader is forced to hold off a threat to Gotham spearheaded by the Scarecrow. Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn are also said to be featured in the game.

The upcoming title will be the first “Arkham” game to feature a playable Batmobile. A new trailer — watch it above — shows off the car briefly; the clip largely centers on Thomas Wayne’s will, a testament that seems to foreshadow Bruce’s eventual role as Batman.

“Invest in Gotham,” Bruce’s slain father intones. “Treat its people like family. Watch over them. Use this money to safeguard them from forces beyond their control.”

While Warner Bros. Interactive didn’t specify a release date, fans were quick to point out that retailer GameStop is taking pre-orders, saying that the game is due Oct. 14. That’s in line with the release date of 2013’s “Batman: Arkham Origins,” a prequel that was the only game in the core console series not developed by Rocksteady.

WB Games Montreal oversaw “Origins,” which focused on a plot in which eight assassins were gunning for Batman.

A new “Arkham” reveal wasn’t the only Bat-related news of note today. Fox’s Batman prequel series “Gotham” cast two major characters — Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, the young people who eventually become Batman and Catwoman.

David Mazouz, 14, will play a preteen Bruce Wayne and acting newcomer Camren Bicondova will play Selina Kyle.

– Todd Martens | @toddmartens | @LATHeroComplex


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4 Responses to ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’: Rocksteady readies game for next-gen consoles

  1. Pissed off gamer says:

    I'm not shelling out 600 bucks to finish the series. What a load of bull. It wouldn't kill them to release a ps3 version being that the ps4 is barely six months old and a ton of gamers aren't planning on swapping out consoles yet. Fuck Rocksteady, they just pissed in the eye of a lot of loyal gamers.

    • Bob says:

      It's such a large world, with many moving parts like the Batmobile and the character designs are so detailed that there's just no way they could've put it on the PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii U.

  2. Really? says:

    Really? This s Dropped like they were NOTHING?!? C'mon. If Catwoman isn't in this, this will be my least favorite Arkham Game. And I thought other games were bad. Seriously this is a TERRIBLE mistake. Origins was a bust. The Catwoman, Poison Ivy hints? Dropped? Like they were NOTHING? COME ON!!!!!!! I'm going to BURST into flames if Catwoman isn't in this!!!

    • Bob says:

      I doubt that they'll leave those two vital characters out of the finale. Also, if you didn't like the other 3 games why bother with this one?

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