UK-based developer Rocksteady Studios has been working on the Batman: Arkham games for over six years. The first in the trilogy, Batman: Arkham Asylum was absolutely stellar – it had meaty combat, brilliant stealth, and after years of naff licensed tie-ins, it was finally a game that people wanted to play. Arkham City was released in 2011 to similar high praises, as it gave players more space to work with. But could Rocksteady round out the trilogy with another home run?
It’s not been the easiest path to release for Batman: Arkham Knight as not only was the game itself delayed twice (it was delayed from 2014 to 2015 and then again from June 2 to June 23) but its Limited Edition was also delayed and its Batmobile Edition was cancelled due to quality concerns. After a long wait we’ll finally be able to play the game in a few hours; watch the Batman: Arkham Knight launch trailer and find out more about the massive day one patch, after the break.
Batman: Arkham Knight Launch Trailer + Day One Patch
A bit of backstory to that threatening trailer: Batman: Arkham Knight takes place on Halloween night. Although the events of Arkham City were about as dramatic as it gets, Arkham Knight kicks that up a notch by sending all of Batman’s foes after him, as they team up to kill him once and for all. And to make matters worse, Scarecrow’s threats of detonating a bioweapon have sent the people of Gotham fleeing, and so the streets are empty and enemy goons are running wild.
Thankfully, Batman does have a little help from his friends as Police Commissioner Jim Gordon is getting the force to aid him, while Jim’s daughter Barbara comes in as the Oracle. Catwoman, Nightwing and Robin also make an appearance as part of Arkham Knight‘s ‘Dual Play’ character switching feature, which should make combat a great deal of fun.
If you do get Batman: Arkham Knight tomorrow, I should also point out that you’ll have to install a day one patch. It’s 3.5GB (on PS4, at least), takes around 30 minutes to install, and fixes performance, stability, general gameplay, UI, and audio/graphics bugs. It also includes support for the Batgirl “A Matter of Family” DLC and it introduces two new features: Rival Points and the ability to dress Batman up in the original Batsuit.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 23, 2015 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.