Catwoman and Batman are two iconic characters who’ve run into each other time and time again. She’s helped and hindered him and in Batman: Arkham City she even stole his spotlight with her own story quest. So it makes perfect sense that developer Rocksteady Studios is bringing everyone’s favourite faux feline back in Batman: Arkham Knight.
Catwoman’s inclusion in Arkham Knight is part of a bigger strategy by Rocksteady to tie the series up (it’s the final game of the Arkham trilogy and their last Batman game for now). That’s why Robin and Nightwing are also included, after they were only in Arkham City as a pre-order bonus and as DLC, respectively.
Watch a new Arkham Knight trailer after the break.
Catwoman, Nightwing and Robin in Batman: Arkham Knight
Explained by Arkham Knight‘s publisher Warner Bros. Interactive, the three characters won’t be getting their own stories and the game won’t feature co-op either; instead they’ll be part of something called “dual-play”. Dual-play will let players switch from Batman to Catwoman and co. right in the middle of combat which sounds seamless and cool but it does throw up a lot of questions.
For example, how often will we be able to switch between them in combat? Besides Catwoman’s impressive neck-snapping, what other new combat skills do these characters bring to the table? Will we see these other characters outside of dual-play?
Arkham Knight is about the evening where all of Gotham’s criminals team up to kill Batman (as demonstrated by the drones and tanks in the trailer) and we already know that The Oracle will be providing tech support, but will Catwoman, Nightwing and Robin be able to do the same? Or can they only help out with combat, and even then, that’s only when Batman is already in a fight?
Lots of answers required then but what we do know is that these characters aren’t DLC. This seems like the type of thing that most teams would want to sell to us at an extra cost so kudos to Warner Bros. and Rocksteady for not trying to ring more money out of fans who just want to see the Arkham trilogy closed out right.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 23, 2015 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.