Batman: Arkham Knight - First Look

Posted by The Daily Zombies Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Brace yourself. Both Kevin Conroy and Rocksteady Studios are back in Gotham just in time for the Dark Knight's explosive finale to the best-selling, critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham video game series, and here's our First Look at Batman: Arkham Knight with the first announcement trailer of the title. 

Here at The Daily Zombies, we are undoubtedly big fans of Rocksteady Studios' genre-defining Batman: Arkham video game series featuring the one and only Dark Knight. 

2009's Batman: Arkham Asylum broke new grounds with its innovative combination of capable combat system and intriguing gameplay. Redefining the superhero video game genre by effortlessly thrusting the player into the role of Batman, the title went on to become our Game of the Year 2009.

In 2011's Batman: Arkham City, the Caped Crusader returns in a remarkable open world. Gliding across the dark skies of Gotham cityscapes in exhilarating sandbox-style, Arkham City took the concept of conjuring a heightened sense of role-playing as Batman and never look back.

All of the above explained our puzzlement when Batman: Arkham Origins was first announced. While Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker taking over the respective roles of Batman and the Joker from Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill is a considerable blow to our anticipation back then, the confirmation that Warner Bros. Games Montreal took over Rocksteady Studios as the developer was undoubtably a downer that caused much disdain. As it turned out, Batman: Arkham Origins is a great game that once again immerse player into Batman's role at an earlier part of his career. However, given the incredibly high benchmark of its predecessors, being just "great" is unfortunately not enough (just ask Grand Theft Auto). The title is perfectly serviceable as a continuation, but it just doesn't make the cut.

And it is with great excitement for us to report that one of the worse kept secret in the gaming industry last year turned out to be true after all: Kevin Conroy will be reprising his role as Batman with Rocksteady Studios back in the fray to bring us the concluding chapter of the series. 

Confirming the Dark Knight's arrival on the next-gen consoles, Batman: Arkham Knight is currently scheduled to be released worldwide on 14th October, 2014, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. A direct sequel to Arkham City set a year after the events from the title, Arkham Knight will take place in the larger part of Gotham City, which is reportedly five times the size of Arkham City. And perhaps most important of all, the open world concept has been opened up more so than ever with Batmobile being perfectly drivable as Batman rampages through the city to take on a group of supervillains led by Scarecrow... and the titular Arkham Knight. A new villain created for the title by notable DC Comics scribe Geoff Johns, Arkham Knight is described as a formidable nemesis that will push the Dark Knight to his limits.

And without further ado, hit the jump to check out the almost four-minute announcement trailer of Batman: Arkham Knight.

Official logo of the title.

The box art of the title featuring Batmobile front and center, demonstrating the importance of the vehicle for this instalment.

As usual, Game Informer has the exclusive story behind the title in their latest issue complete with some absolutely gorgeous art from the title. Hit the jump to check out these awesome images.

The new-and-improved Harley Quinn. 

And here's the synopsis of the title presented in the press release:

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever.

Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

Be the Batman.

Batman: Arkham Knight is scheduled to be released worldwide on 14th October, 2014, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.


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