What occurs if you wish to make a recreation about Gotham Metropolis however can’t heart it round Batman? Simple! You faucet the benchwarmers. Warner Bros. has revealed the opening chapter of Gotham Knights, its motion recreation about DC heroes who aren’t the Caped Crusader.
Gotham Knights, first introduced in 2020, is underneath improvement at WB Video games Montreal, finest identified for the 2013 motion recreation Batman: Arkham Origins. WB Video games had beforehand shared a 13-minute gameplay clip that includes B-list DC antiheroes Nightwing and Crimson Hood. (Gotham Knights stars the Jason Todd iteration.) The latest clip, which reveals about quarter-hour of gameplay from the prologue chapter, focuses solely on Batgirl. By way of IGN, right here’s the clip:
IGN notes that WB Video games is retaining the particular plot particulars underneath wraps, however it’s clear the 4 playable characters—Batgirl, Crimson Hood, Nightwing, and Robin—are reeling from the demise of Batman. The opening mission focuses on Batgirl planning to infiltrate a facility, persevering with the path of a case Batman didn’t fairly end earlier than he died.
Earlier footage of Gotham Knights teased a recreation that was heavy on amassing gear and navigating “the most important model” of Gotham Metropolis, spurring concern that it’d be simply one other open-world loot grind. However the base gameplay proven off as we speak, which doesn’t discover these points of the sport, truly appears to be like fairly sick. Who is aware of: Possibly that is one other open-world recreation with a killer marketing campaign that’s padded out by a ton of side-quest fluff.
There’s a grappling hook (hell yeah). Batgirl employs some Witcher-style “investigating,” which means that you just press a button to routinely illuminate a path of footprints that present you precisely the place you could go. Fight towards cannon fodder appears to be like each weighty and spry. As with roughly 90 p.c of all gameplay previews, the clip ends with a struggle towards a mini-boss. With a defend. And a few blatant indicators of sociopathy.
It’s all very sumptuously rendered, though of course the arms race of graphical fidelity has rapidly approached the point of diminishing returns. Still, for those interested in behind-the-scenes development diaries, here’s a brief clip showing the motion-capture work put into the game:
Gotham Knights has had a bit of a rocky road to release. It was initially planned to launch in 2021 across console generations. Last March, WB Games delayed it to 2022. This past May, WB Video games scrapped the last-gen variations. That very same month, the builders fielded backlash for together with a personality bio for Batgirl that leaned closely on tropes (it has since been rewritten). Gotham Knights is slated for launch on October 25 for Xbox Collection X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC.