Batman: Arkham Knight coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

A UK retailer seems to have leaked Rocksteady's next project: a next-gen entry in its Arkham series called Batman: Arkham Knight.

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Updated with official details and trailer.

Rocksteady's next Batman game has been revealed. Titled Batman: Arkham Knight, it's slated for release this year on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This is also said to be Rocksteady's last Arkham title, and is set after the events of Arkham City.

Game Informer's upcoming April cover story promises more information on the sequel. It notes that the Batmobile is drivable, and the newly redesigned Gotham has wider roads to accommodate Batman's ride. Villains will include Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn, among others.

Here's WB's official description:

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment are announcing Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady Studios’ conclusion to the series of award-winning titles Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and is scheduled to be released worldwide on PS4 in 2014.

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise.

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    March 4, 2014 7:25 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Batman: Arkham Knight revealed by UK retailer.

    A UK retailer seems to have leaked Rocksteady's next project: a next-gen entry in its Arkham series called Batman: Arkham Knight.

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      March 4, 2014 7:34 AM

      ooooh gimme! drivable batmobile too? niiiiiiice!

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      March 4, 2014 7:50 AM

      Yes please

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      March 4, 2014 8:05 AM

      And now, with trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsf78BS9VE0

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        March 4, 2014 8:09 AM

        neat

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        March 4, 2014 8:11 AM

        Thats a nice CG trailer, but the only purpose of a CG trailer is to put off showing the gameplay >:(

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          March 4, 2014 8:12 AM

          Yeah... but at least it shows off the Batmobile!

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            March 4, 2014 8:17 AM

            And it shows '2014' and not '2015'!

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        March 4, 2014 8:18 AM

        The marketing on Scarecrow being the main villain seems like a red herring. I don't think Scarecrow is really considered a major villain who can lead and get other villains like Two-Face and Penguin to follow him, none of the baddies in Arkham Knight's marketing include Hush and in Arkham City there was a major tease about Hush being the next main villain.

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          March 4, 2014 8:50 AM

          IMO should've been Man-Bat

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          March 4, 2014 12:05 PM

          If you've played through Arkham City's side-missions, you could reason that the main villain could be...

          Hush

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        March 4, 2014 8:23 AM

        good teaser, though i wonder how large gotham will be

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        March 4, 2014 8:44 AM

        I hope very much that footage is representative of the combat in-game.

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        March 4, 2014 11:49 AM

        Trailer by Blur :)

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        March 4, 2014 3:24 PM

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      March 4, 2014 8:15 AM

      On my face

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      March 4, 2014 8:16 AM

      I hope that leaked picture reigns true. I want those Harley Quinn challenge maps. :D

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      March 4, 2014 8:21 AM

      Mega hot!! Next gen BM, sounds like a plan.

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      March 4, 2014 8:31 AM

      I'll be damned if that ending to the trailer didn't make me think there's going to be driving in the game...

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        March 4, 2014 8:49 AM

        The GAME leak said you'd drive the Batmobile.

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      March 4, 2014 8:40 AM

      Is it me or they make him look like Affleck?

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      March 4, 2014 8:44 AM

      Skyrim with batmobiles

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      March 4, 2014 8:45 AM

      So, how many game breaking bugs won't let you finish the game in THIS one?

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      March 4, 2014 9:07 AM

      So it's basically Rocksteady redoing Origins because it was bat-crap. Sounds good to me!

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        March 4, 2014 9:11 AM

        Origins is fun, not sure why it gets all the hate. More of the same? Yeah, but they have a good formula. I liked it better than City.

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          March 4, 2014 9:16 AM

          Yeah ok, I did enjoy some bits quite a lot, and it had some of the best Joker moments so far. But it is interesting that they're calling it a trilogy and ignoring the existence of Origins.

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            March 4, 2014 9:35 AM

            It's their trilogy. Origins wasn't made by Rocksteady so it makes sense.

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            March 4, 2014 9:39 AM

            I skipped Origins, but wasn't it a prequel?

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              March 4, 2014 9:52 AM

              A prequel can be part of a trilogy. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is an example.

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                March 4, 2014 11:03 AM

                Of course, but from all the pre release details I never got a sense that events that take place in Origins are connected to Arkam Asylum.

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                  March 4, 2014 11:09 AM

                  I would assume that they're connected but Rocksteady views their own work as a trilogy. I assume they green lit a prequel so Rocksteady wouldn't have to change any plans they had in producing a third game.

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                March 4, 2014 11:15 AM

                Admittedly, Indiana Jones is a poor touch stone for me. I haven't seen any of the films.

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                  March 4, 2014 11:44 AM

                  Watch them. Now. But for the love of all that is holy stay away from 4.

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                  March 4, 2014 12:03 PM

                  If you believe that you should only watch the Even numbered Star Trek films, then stick with the Odd numbered Indiana Jones ones (1 and 3). 3 is hands down the best, and able to stand completely on its own.

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                    March 4, 2014 12:05 PM

                    Temple of Doom is my favourite. It's the most pulpy of those movies. All three stand on their own just fine.

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                March 4, 2014 1:51 PM

                Wait, what? Temple of Doom was a prequel to RotLA?

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                  March 4, 2014 1:55 PM

                  Yes the events in Temple of Doom happen before Raiders.

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                    March 5, 2014 7:31 AM

                    Now I'm curious, is this established in the films themselves? I guess they tell you the dates. But does it really matter from a plot perspective?

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                  March 4, 2014 1:57 PM

                  Yessir

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        March 4, 2014 9:26 AM

        Arkham Knight is a sequel.

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      March 4, 2014 9:11 AM

      Makes me wish I hadn't played origins so I was less burned out on the formula.

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        March 4, 2014 9:25 AM

        Makes me glad that I gave up on origins after about 2 hours in.

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      March 4, 2014 9:12 AM

      If the previous rumors, and comment from the actor that wasn't never directly confirmed, I'd guess Kevin Conroy is reprising the voice.

      Now, where is that pre-order button!!!!!!!!

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      March 4, 2014 9:28 AM

      Question for those in the know: the press release states that Arkham Knight is ROCKSTEADY'S last Batman: Arkham game. Can we take this to mean the franchise will continue in the hands of another developer? That seems likely and obvious; WB obviously likes money.

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        March 4, 2014 9:45 AM

        I would assume so. B:AO wasn't a block buster but it didn't sell poorly either. Pretty safe to assume there is still money to be made there.

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      March 4, 2014 9:45 AM

      Awesome! I can't wait. :)

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      March 4, 2014 10:01 AM

      Whats with the perspective at 1:02, is it just me or does it look incredibly bobblehead-ish?

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      March 4, 2014 10:02 AM

      Take my money, Rocksteady. Take it all.

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      March 4, 2014 10:40 AM

      Fuck that bridge! I crossed that damn thing dozens of times in the last game.

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      March 4, 2014 12:19 PM

      I think I'd love a robust DLC that covered the story lines of Ra's al Ghul (not the Nolan Ryan version of the character-ugh, what a waste). I thought he was very well portrayed in the animated series.

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      March 4, 2014 12:46 PM

      I really hope this isn't overly MOTS like the last game

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        March 4, 2014 12:54 PM

        I can't see how they can change the formula too much. I mean, the success of the franchise is built on it. Hopefully they have a great story and a few worthwhile additions gameplay wise.

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          March 4, 2014 2:12 PM

          I can see where he's coming from. Origins wasn't much of a step up from City (where City made a huge leap forward from closed open area to a wide open one).

          Origins merely improved the investigation sequences which was a nice touch but not nearly vital to the gameplay concept model. Multiplayer was also nice but no one who played the first Arkham games pined for a multiplayer mode.

          In many ways Origins was a notch down from City.

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            March 4, 2014 2:32 PM

            Personally I'd rather see a smaller area again with a much deeper Metroidvania approach. In a lot of ways I felt City was a lesser game.

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              March 4, 2014 3:34 PM

              I actually agree. I enjoyed Asylum's structured approach more.

              However I won't argue that City's wide open approach did change the game. I didn't walk out of City and think MOTS. I walked out of Origins thinking it was MOTS with City. Considering the amount of recycled assets and boss patterns. This on top of the many many bugs.

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        March 4, 2014 3:22 PM

        I just hope I don't have to search Steam forums for the .ini solution to the last boss QTE not working.

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      March 4, 2014 1:46 PM

      Glad to see games that are just PC and Next Gen (when do PS4 and Xbox One become this gen?) getting announced, publishers and devs might lose some sales in the short term but the larger the install base is in a few years the better they will do in the long term.

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