After multiple hints, followed by long stretches of relative silence, WB Montreal's new Batman game was revealed as Gotham Knights.
Gotham Knights will be loosely based on the Court of Owls story, following Batman's old apprentices take on the challenges for themselves after the Caped Crusader's death – and it'll offer co-op, too.
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WB Games. Montreal’s co-op Batman game was originally meant to be released at some point in 2021, but the developer has confirmed it will now launch worldwide in 2022.
Previously YouTuber slcmof and James Sigfield from Geeks Worldwide had suggested the game could be coming in 2021 – with Sigfield noting that "we should still expect it to drop in the Fall, and hope for earlier".
As we approach the new console generation, expect the game to launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X - as well as offer a PC version (which will hopefully be better than Arkham Knight's).
What Is Gotham Knights?
Gotham Knights is a new title that's separate from the Arkham Universe of Batman games.
Players take on the role of Nightwing, Robin, Red Hood or Batgirl following the death of the caped crusader.
The game offers co-op gameplay but is NOT a live-service title – and WB Games Montreal have been quick to clarify the game can be played entirely solo.
Expect skill trees and unique ability combinations between the characters, although there's only two-player co-op available, despite four crimefighters to choose from.
Trailer & Gameplay
Co-Op Focus and Team Levelling
Accurate as of 10th January - In an interview with GamesRadar, Fleur Marty has noted that they have taken a new approach when developing the game and there is more of an emphasis on co-op.
We have entirely redesigned the combat system in order for it to work well in co-op.
Of course, we’re still a brawler, and some of the mechanics won’t feel totally alien for people who played and enjoyed the Arkham series, but it is in many ways very different.
As well, another member of the developing team, Patrick Redding; who is the creative director behind Gotham Knights has noted the following in the same interview:
"The two-player dynamic fits the fantasy and the Gotham City setting."
We also know that the game will level heroes even when you aren't using them, so you don't feel locked into any particular character.