WB announced Gotham Knights, the new Batman game from Batman: Arkham Origins dev WB Games Montreal, and promised a new take on the Batman universe, as players won’t be playing as the dark knight himself. Gotham Knights allows for players to choose from four different Bat-family members, and even play together as they explore Gotham.
According to the official details released so far for the game, which is set to be released in 2021 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC, Gotham Knights will allow for up to two players to play together online cooperatively, in addition to experiencing Gotham Knights as a single player game. There’s no indication there will be local co-op, nor more than two players able to play cooperatively at this time.
As for who you’ll play, Gotham Knights features four characters — Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood — each with their own fighting style, gear, and moves that players can take advantage of and watch grow throughout the game. Here is the official description of all four playable characters:
- Batgirl, also known as Barbara Gordon, is a determined fighter and a skilled hacker. As the daughter of deceased Gotham commissioner, Jim Gordon, she had helped Batman as Oracle in the past. Now, after years of recovery and preparation, she is ready to step into her new role, wielding her melee tonfa, and harnessing her training in kickboxing, capoeira and jiu-jitsu.
- Nightwing is Dick Grayson, the first Robin, who was Batman’s protégé before becoming a hero in his own right. He’s a natural leader and the eldest and wisest member of the Batman Family. Nightwing’s mastery in acrobatics is complemented by his expertise use of his signature dual Escrima Sticks, making him proficient at taking out enemies.
- Red Hood, formerly known as Jason Todd, is an intense and volatile anti-hero, which stems from his death and forced resurrection by one of Batman’s most dangerous foes. Red Hood has trouble keeping his temper in check but will not hesitate to step into the line of fire when a friend is threatened. His training has given him peak human strength and proficiency in multiple combat techniques with all manner of weapons – both traditional and high-tech.
- Robin is Tim Drake, the young prodigy and genius of the team, who is a master of deductive reasoning. As a true believer in Batman’s mission, he is motivated by the conviction that Gotham City needs protecting and hopes to be the type of hero Batman personified. An expert fighter armed with his collapsible quarterstaff and skilled in a variety of stealth techniques, Robin also possesses a background in combined psychological warfare and behavioral sciences.
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Gotham Knights won’t hit consoles and PC until 2021, but be sure to check out everything from the Gotham Knights reveal at DC FanDome, as well as all the new Gotham Knights gameplay and story details we’ve learned so far. And be sure to check out how to watch all of the DC FanDome panels for more.