Those who thought that Batman: Arkham Knight was the end of a series might be proven wrong. Recently, information was leaked onto Reddit by someone who claims to be a WB Montreal employee, providing details as to the next game in the series. The post has since had its content removed, but you can still see it via archive here.
To be titled Batman: Arkham Insurgency, the game was originally scheduled to be revealed in Q4 2016, but it was delayed due to unknown reasons. Now, according to the informant, the game will be released in November of 2017, possibly competing with the releases of Project Cars 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Dawn of War 3, though no firm release dates for these projects have been announced yet. The game has been in development since 2014 and will run on the same engine as Arkham Knight.
Arkham Insurgency will play with a similar premise to Arkham City, in that there has been a mass breakout of inmates from Blackgate and Arkham, as well as several terrorist attacks in the city and GCPD has now shut down a section of it to attempt to control the chaos. The game takes place three years after Arkham Origins and is set in a previously unseen coastal area of Gotham that encompasses roughly the same size as the three islands from Arkham Knight but with substantially expanded interiors. Wayne Manor and the Batcave will also be accessible. Batman and Dick Grayson as Robin will be the playable characters.
The Batmobile and Dual play mode will both be present in the game, although they have had substantial overhauls. The Batmobile’s controls have been modified to compensate for the removal of battle mode, and combat will now focus heavily on chases using speed and maneuverability while also retaining weaponry. The missiles, power winch, and EMP devices will be making reappearances among new features. Dual play mode has removed takedown but has added new special moves and combos to make up for it, along with a new skill tree.
Combat for the game has been modified from previous titles in the Arkham series to better accommodate 1 on 1 fights, while keeping the rhythm based mechanics but adding a new layer of complexity.
The main villains for the game will be Owlman and the Court of Owls, villains introduced to the Batman mythos in 2011. After they target Batman, due to seeing him as a threat to their control of the city, the court ends up being brutally murdered by Owlman towards the end of the game, before he starts targeting Batman’s allies. The Talons are also elite enemies who are faced up to five at a time, depending on character control.
Other villains in the game include the more well-known Two-Face, Riddler, Anarky, and Killer Moth, as well as lesser known villains Maxie Zeus, Dollmaker, Blockbuster, Ventriloquist, Cornelius Stirk, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Dusan al Ghul, Mad Monk, and Dala.
The primary support characters in the game are Alfred and Lucius Fox, with Barbara Gordon aka Oracle being involved in several side missions with an unrequited crush on Dick Grayson. The other support character in the game is the Joker. While he’s not a constant help, he does mainly work for himself but he will provide assistance to the dynamic duo if it furthers his own plans. It is also revealed that he was one of the orchestrators of the Arkham breakout that set the plot in motion. The specific connections between Joker’s appearance and his storyline thus far in the Arkham games has not been explicitly revealed yet.
While none of the above details have been confirmed by an official source from WB, TechRaptor has reached out for comment to the original poster in attemept to verify the information. Additionally, the informant claims that the game and other details about it will be officially released on March 8, so fans won’t have long to wait to see if the rumor is true.
[Note] Article corrected for incorrect information about the timeline.
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