DC FanDome was a memorable fan event, to be sure. We got to see trailers for upcoming movies and television shows, including Suicide Squad and the Matt Reeves directed reboot The Batman.
But one of the most talked about reveals to come out of the event was a new game from WB Games: Montreal titled Batman: Gotham Knights.
A trailer for the game was released online during the event, and fan reactions were very positive. Along with this, a seven minute gameplay video was also released, showing off some of the game’s co-op functions during a critical story mission.
It should be noted that the footage below was captured from a Pre-Alpha game build and the final product will likely look very different.
In the footage, Batgirl and Robin are rushing to stop longtime popular Batman villain Mr. Freeze, who has taken control of the weather using some kind of device.
One player is controlling Batgirl while the other is controlling Robin.
We see some interesting features right away. Batgirl is driving a motorcycle through the streets of Gotham that looks a lot like the Bat Pod bike that Christian Bale used in the movies The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
Robin has access to the Justice League satellite, and can use it to teleport short distances.
We see some stealth gameplay followed by some dodge and smash fighting. All of these were popular elements of the Arkham series, so it should be familiar to longtime fans.
We also got to see the beginning of a boss fight encounter with Mr. Freeze, wherein Batgirl and Robin leap all over the place, avoiding his freeze blasts before bringing the fight to Batman’s coldest foe.
The idea behind Gotham Knights is that it’s a Bat family game instead of just a Batman title. You play as Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and The Red Hood, all of which were playable to some extent in Arkham Knight.
This game is being created by WB Games Montreal, who added one installment into the Arkham series. That game was Batman: Arkham Origins. The other three, Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight, were all created by Rocksteady games.
Rocksteady was also on hand at DC FanDome, revealing their new project, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, which is not due out until 2022.
Batman: Gotham Knights is due out sometime in 2021, though no official release date was announced.