Bruce Wayne really and truly bites it in the beginning Gotham Knightsconfirmed creative director Patrick Redding at a San Diego Comic Con panel on Thursday. WB Montreal’s upcoming loot-oriented beat ’em up won’t feature the Joker either, although Redding left the door open for Harley Quinn to show up and smash a few things.
Batman is actually “really dead,” Redding told a fan at the Q&A. IGN reports (above Eurogamer). This may seem obvious to some since Gotham Knights‘ Reveal trailer shows the caped Crusader being blown up beginning minutes of the game. But WB’s Arkham games are known for their stealthy twists and third-act revelations, leading many fans to speculate if the hoarse-voiced detective would reappear before the game’s end. However, it turns out that this is not the hunt.
The Joker was another apparent mystery. While Gotham Knights centers around a terrorist plot by the Court of Owls, the clown has a way of turning up uninvited even if he is dead. Once again, however, Redding put all lingering speculation aside. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn is still on the table. “I will neither confirm nor deny if Harley is it [in the game]’ the director told fans. Arkham Asylum’s psychiatrist-turned-supervillain-turned-enemy is also one of the main protagonists of Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, due next year.
With Gotham Knights Just a few months shy of the October 25 release date, WB Montreal has also generously shared new details and trailers, and its latest release, Compliments from SDCC, offers a sneak peek at Batgirl’s character. “If I’ve learned one thing about Gotham City, it’s that people need symbols,” says Barbara Gordon before heading out into the night to knock some heads (the studio recently revised her backstory after some controversy).
The trailer features Batgirl wielding a nightstick that can transform into nunchucks, as well as the standard loadout of batarangs and grappling hook attacks. It also lingers on some metal fins on her gauntlets for a moment, finishing with a massive Ground Pound attack. In the actual game, she will team up with Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood to take back control of the city, upgrade skill trees, and compare loot stats. I am not convinced of this last partbut I look forward to getting back into a Batman game, especially one in which Batgirl is playable again (she previously made her debut in Arkham Knight‘s DLC).