Gotham Knights is going to be Batman: Arkham Origins developer WB Games Montréal’s return to the Batman universe and it’s safe to say it’s highly anticipated.
Taking place in a “dynamic and interactive” Gotham city where Batman is apparently dead and chaos reigns, Gotham Knights will give players control of Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Robin (Tim Drake), Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Red Hood (Jason Todd), who must work together to stop the city descending into chaos.
In Gotham Knights, it’ll be entirely up to you whether you play through your adventure on your own or with a friend in two-player co-op. Either way, you’ll be able to switch seamlessly between the game’s four heroes and make the most of their powers.
First announced in 2020 with for a 2021 release, Gotham Knights has since been delayed into 2022 so that its development team can have “more time to deliver the best possible experience for players”. When it does launch, it’ll be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.
In the meantime, we’ve gathered all the latest news and rumors about Gotham Knights below to tide you over.
[Update: With both E3 and DC FanDome returning in 2021, there are plenty of opportunities for updates on Gotham Knights in the coming months. Read on to find out more.]
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A new Batman game starring Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood
- When can I play it? TBC 2022
- What can I play it on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC
Gotham Knights release date
Gotham Knights was officially announced during DC FanDome on August 22, 2020. A release date was then slated for sometime in 2021, however, Warner Bros. announced in March 2021 that the game was being delayed until 2022.
The delay was announced on the official Gotham Knights Twitter page, with Warner Bros. revealing that the upcoming action RPG will now launch worldwide in 2022 rather than in its initial 2021 release window.
“We are giving the game more time to deliver the best possible experience for players,” the statement reads. “Thank you to our amazing fans for your tremendous support of Gotham Knights. We look forward to showcasing more of the game in the coming months.”
Gotham Knights trailers
The action-packed first Gotham Knights trailer shows our four vigilantes receiving a posthumous call from Bruce Wayne, declaring Gotham unsafe and the GCPD distrustful, while also leaving behind all his files and a base of operations (The Belfy) to help keep the city safe.
We then receive a montage looking at the quartet’s different fighting styles, before leading into the co-op element of the game and the introduction of the Batcycle. The trailer closes out introducing what is likely the game’s main antagonist – the Court of Owls.
Simultaneously, a child’s voice can be heard saying: “No one talks about them. Not a whisper word is said. For if you try to crush them, then the talon strikes you dead.” This refers to the deadly assassins known as ‘Talons’, which were first introduced back in Batman #2 in 2011.
At the same DC FanDome event, Warner Bros. then premiered the first pre-alpha gameplay of Gotham Knights, showing Batgirl and Robin joining forces to take on Mr. Freeze during one of several villain encounters. Creative director Patrick Redding narrates the footage, stating that the Mr. Freeze storyline takes place about “a dozen or so hours” into Batgirl’s character progression.
Renee Montoya is heard speaking via radio to Batgirl, seemingly confirming that the GCPD detective is working with the group in some capacity. Alfred Pennyworth – Bruce Wayne’s butler and guardian – is featured over comms too.
A new addition to the series is the introduction of an XP system for leveling up characters, meaning all thugs will possess a number above their head, giving players an idea of their difficulty. This grows as the player increases in power and ability, so that foes keep pace throughout.
“Confronting a villain like Mr. Freeze can be a very different proposition at level five or at level 15, and not just in terms of stats but in the kinds of attacks and defenses they bring to bear,” explains Redding, before teasing more to come in future.
Gotham Knights gameplay
As mentioned above, Gotham Knights is an open-world action RPG that allows you to play as four characters: Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood. Each of these characters has their own playstyle and abilities. Batgirl is trained in a variety of fighting styles and is also well-versed in technology and coding; Nightwing is a master of acrobatics and carries his iconic dual escrima sticks; Robin is an expert fighter who carries a quarterstaff and is trained in stealth; while Red Hood is strong and proficient in a manner of weapons.
As these Knights, players will patrol Gotham’s five district boroughs, dropping in on criminal activity as they find it.
While you can play Gotham Knights solo, there’s also an option to play co-op multiplayer, allowing a second player to drop in and out of the game as one of your fellow Knights – without affecting you.
Gotham Knights news and rumors
DC FanDome returns
DC has confirmed that its online event DC FanDome will be making a return in 2021, with a stream scheduled for October 16.
The epic global event is back!Return to #DCFanDome 10.16.21 pic.twitter.com/ZifZGCPOigApril 28, 2021
It was during the 2020 iteration of the show that Gotham Knights was first announced so it seems very possible that fans could receive an update on the game during this year’s show. Alongside Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, it’s one of the major superhero games that DC has in the works.
Of course, very little is actually known about the plans for this year’s FanDome so we can’t be certain that Gotham Knights will be present just yet but we’ve got our fingers crossed.
E3 2021 is going ahead and this time it’s going to be an entirely online event, taking place between June 12 and June 15. This time E3 is going to be a mix of streamed press conferences and a four-day live broadcast with interviews and commentary.
Warner Bros is on the list of virtual attendees for this year, which means there’s a reasonably good chance that we’ll see Gotham Knights make an appearance in some form. This isn’t guaranteed, of course, but alongside Hogwarts Legacy and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Gotham Knights is one of Warner Bros’ most highly-anticipated titles.
Delayed until 2022
Originally slated for a 2021 release, Gotham Knights has been delayed until 2022 to give developer Warner Bros. Montréal extra time to polish the game before release.
The news was announced in Tweet from the game’s official Twitter page, which stated “We are giving the game more time to deliver the best possible experience for players. Thank you to our amazing fans for your tremendous support of Gotham Knights. We look forward to showcasing more of the game in the coming months.”
Combat with co-op in mind
In a recent interview with GamesRadar, Gotham Knights’ executive producer Fleur Marty has revealed that the combat system for its upcoming Batman game, Gotham Knights, has been designed with two player co-op in mind. According to Marty, players should expect something slightly different to WB Montreal’s previous Batman game Arkham: Origins, explaining that they “have entirely redesigned the combat system in order for it to work well in co-op.”
While Marty noted that Gotham Knights is “still a brawler” and “some of the mechanics won’t feel totally alien for people who played and enjoyed the Arkham series”, he added that “it is in many ways very different.”
Despite this focus on co-op, there will still be some flexibility in how Gotham Knights can be played. According to Marty, it’ll still be possible to play Gotham Knights entirely solo and the co-op element is conveniently “drop-in drop-out”, so you’re not entirely dependent on another player.
Further to that, story progression is shared between all the characters so you can switch between heroes as you please, provided you’re in The Belfry, and invite a friend to join you without the worry that they’ll pick that one underpowered character you haven’t played as at all.
Even with that flexibility, though, the idea and spirit of the “team-up” is important to the overall game as Creative Director Patrick Redding said, “The two-player dynamic fits the fantasy and the Gotham City setting. The ‘duo’ or team-up is such a central feature of the universe that there’s a literal shorthand for it in the comics, in animation, in the film and TV versions.”
It’s so important, in fact, that it’s effected the design of Gotham City itself, with Redding adding that “Gotham is a city of alleyways and rooftops, so the footprint for gameplay needs to be compatible with that.”
Is Batman really dead?
The biggest rumor circling the web is that Batman is not actually dead, rather, the world’s greatest detective has gone into hiding to infiltrate the Court of Owls before subsequently being revealed alive in the later portions of the story. This has some credibility, just going off the history and general popularity of the Dark Knight alone. WB Games Montréal has not stated that Bruce Wayne is dead either, just Batman.
On top of this, various images surfaced in August 2019 reportedly revealing the studio’s previously canceled project starring Damien Wayne; Batman’s son and the fifth character to assume the role of Robin. As Batman was set to be non-playable, Warner Bros. apparently scrapped the idea altogether. With this in mind, would the studio then repeat themselves in Gotham Knights?
Release date and location rumors
Another rumor pertains to the release date. On Christmas Day, the official Gotham Knights’ Twitter account posted a ‘Happy Holidays’ image from the team at WB Games Montréal, which includes presents, a gym setup, and most notably, a poster dedicated to the Flying Graysons.
For those that are unaware, the Flying Graysons were a group of trapeze artists and Robin’s family members that were ultimately killed, leading to the latter becoming a crime fighter. The poster in question has a touring date of Tuesday, July 16 to Sunday, July 2, with many believing one of these to be the release date for the game. This is purely speculation (and looks to be disproved) as neither of those dates land on a Tuesday or a Sunday in 2021 – plus the game has now been delayed until 2022.
More interestingly, the bottom of the poster mentions that Haly’s Circus will take place at Robinson Park, a location used by Poison Ivy during the No Man’s Land comic book storyline. There’s a much higher chance this one is real.
Christmas in Gotham is something else. #GothamKnights pic.twitter.com/TZ3yZyqJpvDecember 25, 2020
WB Games Montréal quickly confirmed the voice cast of Gotham Knights (via Twitter) after the game’s announcement, featuring a line-up of stars new to the Batman franchise, as well as some up-and-comers.
Starting off with Batgirl, America Young has picked up the cowl after previously voicing Barbie in Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures and directing The Concessionaires Must Die, a low budget comedy flick executive produced by Stan Lee. Young also voiced Dagger in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Relative newcomer Sloane Morgan Siegel will play the Boy Wonder. Set to star in a new comedy series from Aaron David Roberts called Chartered, Siegel has had small roles in Modern Family and The Goldbergs, with the casting of Robin being his biggest role to date.
We then have Christopher Sean as Nightwing, who will be known to Star Wars Resistance fans as the voice of lead character Kazuda Xiono. Apart from this, Sean had a four-year stint as Paul Narita on Days of Our Lives, played Dr. Bernard in the Wastelanders DLC in Fallout 76, and popped up across Marvel’s Avengers and Ghost of Tsushima as several additional voices.
Red Hood voice actor Stephen Oyoung is arguably the most well-known in the video game space, previously appearing in Spider-Man (2018) as antagonist Martin Li/Mister Negative. Since then, he has turned up as Alex Weatherstone in Death Stranding and Grayson in Cyberpunk 2077.
Bruce Wayne’s long-suffering butler looks to have a major role in Gotham Knights, as Gildart Jackson steps into the limelight. Jackson previously portrayed Giles the butler in the ABC series Whodunnit?, Flyseyes in Netflix’s Castlevania series, Gideon in Charmed, as well as additional voices across Star Wars: The Old Republic and its expansion packs. He’s also married to Jan from The Office (Melora Hardin).
While Roger Craig Smith voiced Batman in Arkham Origins and Kevin Conroy carried the part in Rocksteady’s Arkham Trilogy, Michael Antonakos has been confirmed as the new voice this time around. Antonakos’s most prominent role was as Alexios in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.
The choice to go without an already existing Batman voice actor further confirms WB’s commitment that Gotham Knights is set in a different universe from past titles. So, we wouldn’t expect the likes of Mark Hamill’s Joker to manifest, that is even if the Clown Prince of Crime turns up at all.