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  • Writer's pictureBenjamin Gunst

Gotham Knights, What We Know so far for this Batman Spin-Off Game

Having a relationship with a DC fan moved me out of my Marvel comfort zone to explore new things.

So I played a few of the Batman: Arkham series with my dad, an expert in the matter, to be ready to enter deeper into the DC world.

There is a game taking away Xanaphia's sleep, Gotham Knights. The game is scheduled for the 25 October 2022; it includes tons of Batman: Arkham series characters, without the most special one: The Batman. It will be considered a role-playing action game.

In this story, Batman is dead, and his former allies are now teaming up together against the Court of Owls. This aristocratic secret society has influenced the history and politics of Gotham City and was founded even before Gotham City. The Court of Owls had a relationship with Alan Wayne, Batman's great-grandfather, who helped shape Gotham city's architecture.

It is expected that Batman won't be dead in the game and come to life at the right moment to help the story continue. However, in the meantime, characters such as Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing and Red Hood will be in the spotlight without anyone overshadowing them.

Contrary to what you may think, the Gotham Knights game is not part of the Arkhamverse and is set in a completely different timeline, even though it shares the same developer: WB Games Montréal. It is already known that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will be the continuation of this universe, also not setting Batman as part of the game.

Gotham Knights selected Unreal Engine 4 as its software framework to construct the game. The Unreal Engine 4 technology has been recognised for its photorealism, not only used in the gaming industry. Unreal Engine 4 was also part of TV series such as The Mandalorian and the remake of The Lion King.

Gotham Knights will be released only for the consoles supporting this technology, PlayStation 4 and 5; Xbox One and Series X/S, and Microsoft Windows.

The mode of the game includes the cooperative multiplayer feature allowing additional players to join and drop out of the game at any time without interfering with the gaming of the leading player.

This game sounds promising, but I want to be honest with you. I don't understand why Xanaphia is a DC fan. It is hard to be loyal to that brand. I know this game is expected to be one of the best releases of 2022, so why we are not getting a movie to talk about it? Or a comic? Why is DC so disconnected? I believe there is hope since some news has pointed out that after the recent merger of Discovery and Warner, they will be looking for a new producer. They have to be as creative and pragmatic as Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige and have the ability to maintain a logical timeline.

Would that be possible? I think that there is still hope among DC fans.

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