New Batman: Arkham City trailer reveals playable Catwoman

As more news starts to sneak out about Batman: Arkham City, the possibility of a second playable character has been stewing for a long time. With rumors flying for a while that classic comic figures like Joker or even Robin being in the game, we at last got confirmation that you will be in control of more people than Master Bruce. As this new trailer confirms, you’ll be playing as Catwoman on occasion, and it looks like she plays pretty differently than Bats.

Once the video is done staring at Catwoman’s butt, you’ll see many of the variations between her and Bruce. First off she’s much more nimble, jumping from ledge to ledge with Assassin’s Creed-like agility. Her combat is equally dexterous and much more sexually suggestive than our hero, plus her goals seem more focused on stealing things instead of saving the city. It all appears to fit Selina Kyle’s personality and history, though all her breathy cat puns are getting slightly tiresome already.

Since Catwoman’s plot will be happening concurrently with Batman’s, what we’re most curious about is just how much time in Arkham City will be devoted to Selina’s missions. A 50/50 split seems pretty unlikely, but hopefully it’ll amount to something deeper than the PS3-exclusive Joker maps in the last game. We’ll almost certainly get some hands-on time with this mode at E3, so stay tuned to see if it plays as good as it looks.

Jun 2, 2011


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  • eliguy83 - June 3, 2011 5:22 a.m.

    @paganpoet: Ah, my bad.
  • TopNewt - June 2, 2011 11:10 p.m.

  • paganpoet - June 2, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    No, you have to find the stray cats to unlock her missions. Stray cats first, then Catwoman.
  • eliguy83 - June 2, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Her combat style makes sense considering Catwoman's I think Bantha_Fodder's idea makes the most sense in terms of implementing her. Otherwise, speaking for myself, there's just no incentive to play as her if all you're doing is finding stray cats in a few throwaway maps like someone else mentioned. Ugh. But yeah, seriously can't wait for this game.
  • BlackElement17 - June 2, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    I would prefer Knightwing but I'm OK with this.
  • bamtan - June 2, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    Has anyone noticed that these trailers seem to have really good music in them? I don't know who's in charge of Rocksteady's marketing department, but they're good. Also, dat butt.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 2, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    That's exciting. I wonder if there will be any co-op. Catwoman is one of my favorite characters because of her complicated relationship with Bruce. She looks like a lot of fun to play too. I can't wait to see more at E3!
  • db1331 - June 2, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    I guess you could say the cat's... *Puts on sunglasses* out of the bag... YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH Seriously though, awesome trailer.
  • Technomancer - June 2, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    Gamespot interview with developers;img;2
  • paganpoet - June 2, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    Catwoman + Lykke Li = good trailer =]
  • Technomancer - June 2, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    The developers stated that the Catwoman missions, triggered by finding stray cats around the city, consist of about 10% of the total game.
  • R-ape - June 2, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    Sounds cool, but really, nobody is going to play as anyone other than Batman unless they're females/feminists.
  • ChrisCultista - June 2, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    ASS, ASS, BOOBS, SPLITS, TITS, ASS, TITS, LATEX, LEATHER, BOOBS!!! HUUUR HUUR HUR! Really? At least the combat on here is solid, but why? Why add Cat segments instead of add more Bats segments?
  • konquerer - June 2, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    Why does she never wear those goggles?
  • Redeater - June 2, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    Am I the only one that thinks Catwoman looks kind of....not great? Maybe it's just me but she looks very strange and not how I would have pictured Catwoman at all. Not the costume but the face. Then again I'm used to Catwoman being in that purple spandex suit.
  • GarcianSmith - June 2, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    From Gamespot: "[Dax] Ginn [of Rocksteady] shared a few more details on what to expect from Catwoman in the game. Her narrative will only make up about 10 percent of the whole game which will amount to only a handful of switches to her for the story." Oh yes - this looks fucking great.
  • Bantha_Fodder - June 2, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    alrighty, here's my take: this looks great. as opposed to something like a simple reskin, it looks like she'll play differently than Bats. the way I see it, I think this'll turn out like those bonus Pixar short films on the DVDs. you'll play through the game as batman, then unlock the Catwoman campaign. her campaign ties in with Batman's, and the two occasionally meet up. for example, say, in the Bats campaign, you have to infiltrate a facility, only for the alarms to go off. then, in the Catwoman campaign, you could be in the same facility and it's revealed that it was Catwoman who tripped the alarms. sorta like in AvP (at the end of the Alein campaign, you see the Refinery get blown up. in the Marine campaign, it's you who blows up the Refinery)
  • reach110 - June 2, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    I am LOVING whoever has been putting together the trailers for AC. (And no, not just for the gratuitous butt shots.) The music they've been picking is FANTASTIC.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - June 2, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    Looks really cool. I'm liking what I'm seeing of Arkham City's overall combat system. I really hope they make you utilize it more in this game compared to the last, and actually teach you how to do it this time. The Arkham Asylum system was far deeper than it seemed, and unfortunately they never fully explained it anywhere, and you never needed to know it unless you did the challenge rooms. There's so much more to it than mashing attack and then hitting the counter button when the enemies are attacking. Read a FAQ about it and you'll be amazed at how much of the system is never explained in the game.
  • SillyPigeon - June 2, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    I think ign said playing as catwoman will account for about 10% of the game. Which isn't much considering how big this game is going to be.

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