We got our first look at Gotham Knights on the weekend, following a year of teasing. It’s set after the apparent demise of the Caped Crusader and features Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin and Red Hood trying to save the city from the Court of Owls. It is not, however, a continuation of the Arkham series.
That’s not particularly clear from the trailer or gameplay slice. Arkham Knight ends by setting this exact scenario up, where the Bat Family has to step in and protect Gotham in Batman’s absence. WB Games confirmed that Gotham Knights is set in a different continuity, however, despite the connection.
I don’t want to get too picky since the game was just announced but you have to wonder, since the game is set in an entirely different continuity, why they didn’t just have Batman displaced in another dimension, be brainwashed by the Black Glove, get “killed” by Darkseid, or put in literally any situation other than the exact one he’s in at the end of Arkham Knight.
That aside, what we’ve seen of Gotham Knights looks fun. I’m excited to play as Batgirl again as I enjoyed her DLC in the last Batman game and it looks like they’ve given her a couple new moves. Her updated suit looks wicked too, clearly based on the one she wore in the comics a few years ago.
Lastly, it’s great to see the Court of Owls get their time in the spotlight, having been one of the high points during Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman run back at the beginning of the New 52.