Gotham Knights is a game a fair few people are looking forward to. It sees us all returning to the world of the Dark Knight, but not in control of everyone’s favourite edgy billionaire. Well, there’s one good edgy billionaire and it’s Bruce Wayne, even then, he could probably do more good by just investing in public projects instead of living out his leather-infused fantasies. Presumably, someone in Gotham realised this too, because Batman is dead.
The good news though, is that Gotham Knights has a cast of different heroes to choose from, each of whom is edgy and traumatised in some way, because Batman shouldn’t be in charge of children. With that out of the way, let’s get into everything we know about Gotham Knights.
Everything you need to know about Gotham Knights
First up, if you’re eying up Gotham Knights thinking “oh, this’ll be a good co-op game for me and my mates,” then we’ve got news for you. Whether that news is bad or good is mostly dictated by how many friends you have. Gotham Knights will have drop-in drop-out co-op, but only for two players. It’s also designed to be taken on in co-op more than in single-player, so keep that in mind.
Gotham Knights release date
First up, you’ll be glad to know that the Gotham Knights release date is October 25, 2022. It’ll be released on PC, the Xbox Series X and S, and PlayStation 5. That means that you’ll be able to tuck into this dark and gritty game just before Halloween, which is good, because you could also be dressed up as one of the characters while doing so. Maybe you just play games in cosplay already anyway, we’re not here to judge you. We’ll never judge you for dressing for the job you want, or just wanting to empower yourself. While we’re not expecting Gotham Knights to be delayed, it is worth keeping in mind that the last few years have been tough on game developers, so we’d also not be surprised to see it kicked back a few months.
Gotham Knights characters
There are four playable Gotham Knights characters; Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin. All of these characters will have slightly different abilities and suit different playstyles, but generally speaking, they’ll also all be capable of being stealthy or just throwing down. It’s up to you who you play as and how you do so, so you can pick the one that suits you best.
Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, who is the daughter of Commissioner Gordon and will likely be the character closest to the original Batman in terms of gameplay and abilities. She’s a badass that uses martial arts, tonfa, her incredible skill with technology, and probably an array of gadgets to take out foes.
Nightwing is the original Robin, Dick Grayson, but he’s gone through a rebellious phase and come out still an emo. He uses Escrima sticks to beat down enemies, and relies on his circus training to dole out over-the-top and inefficient flip attacks that look very cool.
Red Hood is another ex-Robin, but this one is Jason Todd. He uses guns. That’s basically his whole thing, but this time around they’re non-lethal guns.
Finally we’ve got Robin, who is Tim Drake. Tim is a master of psychology, so will be using a mix of that and his quarterstaff to take down opponents.
Gotham Knights story
The Gotham Knights story is set, as we’ve already said, after Batman has died. While the specifics of the story are unknown, largely due to the fact that this is an original story and not one inspired by a comic book, we do know that it’ll focus a lot on the Court of Owls.
The Court of Owls is a secret society that aims to control Gotham from the shadows, and its members tend to be wealthy and powerful people as a result. It’s also a recurring enemy of Batman and his bat-crew, so it’ll be interesting to see how it’s all handled here. We’re assuming it’ll have the Court using a mixture of their own assassins and classic Batman villains to enact whatever plot they’re plotting, but we’ll need to play the game first to be sure of the finer details.
Gotham Knights gameplay
While the gameplay will differ slightly depending on which of the four Gotham Knights characters you’re playing as, the general flow of things seems to be fairly faithful to the Arkham Knight games. That means you’ll be fighting, countering, and throwing down against a lot of enemies and also using gadgets to solve puzzles, and doing some stealthy stuff as well.
We’re really hoping that a focus will be put on allowing players to play their own way, which will mean you can choose to play the game as a stealth or action game. The interesting wrinkles will come from the co-op play; as different characters working together should allow for an array of cool strategies. Ultimately though, this is an action game, so you should expect action.
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