After over a year of teasing, with a final long ARG tease this past week, WB Games Montreal has finally revealed Gotham Knights, their next title.
Starting with the supposed death of Bruce Wayne as Batman, Gotham Knights also has the destuction of the batcave. On his death, a secret message goes out to all his allies, telling them that they are needed as only they can defend Gotham without him there, especially after the death of Jim Gordon. Featuring Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin, Gotham Knights shows a take on Gotham when the security of Batman is gone and the city is left to these heroes to defend. You'll be able to swap between characters during game play to experiement and mix and match to find which you like, as well as play in two player co-op.
Gotham Knights prominently features the Court of Owls as a villain, in comparison to past games. If you aren't familiar with them, the Court of Owls is a secret society of Gotham's richest and oldest families that have secretly controlled Gotham for centuries, dating back to colonial days. Their enforcers are highly trained assassins, called talons and they will be among the foes you can expect to face. You can see the first gameplay below.
This also won't be WB Games Montreal first rodeo with the Batman IP. The team also previously developed Batman: Arkham Origins, which served as a prequel to the other Batman: Arkham and filled a spot on the release between Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Knight that Rocksteady developed. With Rocksteady now working on Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, they have taken up the cowl again and developed another Batman game. Batman: Arkham Origins was criticized on release for being an iterative release that failed to significantly advance the series getting between 74 and 76 on MetaCritic.
It is worth remembering that the team was not responsible for the PS Vita game Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate that was significantly worse reviewed and sometimes gets conflated with this game. They aslo were not responsible for the mobile companion app.
Gotham Knights is going to release in 2021
What do you think of Gotham Knights? Do you think WB Games Montreal can do a worthy entry for the series, or can only Rocksteady do it right? Let us know in the comments below!