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Gotham Knights release, date, combat, and more details

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Gotham Knights draws closer, so naturally, there's been an influx of new details, gameplay footage, and more about the upcoming game from WB Games Montreal. Yes, the same studio who made Batman: Arkham Origins is giving us another cool superhero game, but don't expect the Caped Crusader to make an appearance here. This game is strictly about four other heroes: Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing. 

The four heroes have been summoned to take care of two groups: The Court of Owls and the Talons. Since its initial announcement back in 2020, more details have been revealed about Gotham Knights, with gameplay trailers and Q&As giving us a closer look at the four character's abilities. Recently, WB Games promised this version of Gotham will be the biggest ever represented in video games, so if that doesn't excite you, I'm not sure what will.

If you can't wait to don a cape and jump; into the neon-soaked streets of Gotham, read on for every last drop of detail we could squeeze out of Gotham Knights.

Gotham Knights trailer

Gotham Knights story trailer behind the scenes

Gotham Knights release date

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After delaying the game to an ambiguous "2022" window last year, in order to "deliver the best possible experience for players", Warner Bros. revealed the Gotham Knights release date as October 25, 2022

The announcement, made via Twitter, was surprisingly low-key for such a big studio, a big franchise and, of course, big game, but at least we have a solid date to work to for the next non-Batman adventure. 

Gotham Knights characters

Gotham Knights

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Batman: Gotham Knights takes place after the death of Batman, seeing the Gotham Knights assemble to bear the Dark Knight torch. Here's the official synopsis for Gotham Knights: "Batman is dead. It is now up to the Batman Family - Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin - to protect Gotham City, bring hope to its citizens, discipline to its cops, and fear to its criminals... You must evolve into the new Dark Knight and save Gotham from chaos. Your legacy begins now. Step into the Knight."

Since it was first announced, WB Games has released a ton of information about Gotham Knights' characters, gameplay, and more. A few months ago, we got Gotham Knights gameplay that showed off how Nightwing and Red Hood will play - and how two-player co-op works. We've also seen how Robin's gameplay will look, and his bo staff seems like it will be a ton of fun. 

Watch the first Gotham Knights gameplay walkthrough below:

The Batcave is gone, and in its place is the Belfry

Gotham Knights

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Surprise, surprise, the new Batman game takes place in the faintly-lit alleyways and bustling streets of Gotham City, and it looks like there's a range of different neighborhoods to explore. Yet, you'll notice the Gotham Knights aren't operating out of the Batcave - which was presumably destroyed when Batman was killed - and instead are using the Belfry as their new base.

In comics lore, the Belfry was introduced back in 2016 as a school for Batman to train superheroes while Batwoman resumed day-to-day operations. It was also the base for a team called the Gotham Knights, made up of Batman, Batwoman, Clayface, Orphan (a former Batgirl), Spoiler (another former Batgirl), Red Robin (Tim Drake, a former Robin), Nightwing, and Azrael.

"In [Detective Comics #935], we're introducing a new secondary Batcave that's going to be in Gotham City. It's called the Belfry, and it is the – honestly, I got to sit down and design my own Batcave from scratch. And it's honestly one of the coolest things," writer James Tynion IV told Newsarama about the location back in June 2016. "When I saw the pages come in from Eddy Barrows designing it for the first time, I was just floored. This feels like a new iconic setting in Gotham City, and I can't wait for people to see it."

In the comics, the Belfy even has a room similar to the X-Men's Danger Room or Star Trek's Holo Deck, called the 'Mud Room,' where Clayface can make traps and the like for the team to train against. We didn't see anything like that in the trailer, so we're only speculating, but it should be interesting to see how Warner Bros. implements the new base.

The Gotham Knights story is completely original

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While you'll see more than a few familiar faces and locales, Gotham Knight tells a story entirely its own, and not based on any existing comic book stories. "It's a completely original story," explains Fleur Marty, senior producer on Gotham Knights in an interview with GamesRadar. "We're not re-enacting any of the existing stories from any of the comics. Gotham Knights' story is fully original."

The Court of Owls is a big focus

Gotham Knights gameplay trailer

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We saw in the premiere trailer for Gotham Knights that the Court of Owls is going to be one of the primary antagonists in the game. The group is a somewhat recent addition to the DC comics storyline, which sees Batman face off against the organized crime group. As Batman is seemingly dead in Gotham Knights, it's possible that the Court of Owls is responsible and the Gotham Knights are on a quest for vengeance. Please do note that that's purely speculation though.

A tiny teaser revealed for Gotham Knights puts further emphasis on the Court of Owls. The brief animation seems to reveal the labyrinth the group uses to hold Batman captive and feed him drugged water.

In the comics, it's canon that Batman took in Nightwing when he was orphaned after his family died performing at a circus. Flash forward to 2011's Court of Owls storyline, and it's revealed that the circus was a training ground for the Court of Owls' Talons, the group's legion of assassins, revealing that Nightwing was in training to become a Talon. In modern comics, the Court of Owls returns in an attempt to reclaim Nightwing. Again, purely speculation, but Gotham Knights could take inspiration from that storyline and see Nightwing imprisoned in the Court of Owls' labyrinth and the other Gotham knights on a rescue mission.

Mr. Freeze is one of the Gotham Knights villains

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There are sure to be multiple baddies standing between the Gotham Knights and the safety of Gotham City, but we know one of them to be Mr. Freeze, a cryogenics expert and the product of a laboratory mishap that left him confined to a cryogenic suit for survival.

For some context, Mr. Freeze has attempted to take over and/or freeze all of Gotham a couple of times in the comics. On one such occasion, from the 2017-2018 miniseries Batman: White Knight, Mr. Freeze builds a massive freeze cannon under a lighthouse in Gotham City. Harley Quinn (using the name Neo-Joker) finds the cannon and takes it over, freezing Gotham entirely and leaving Mr. Freeze and Batgirl to team up to fix the mess. It's unlikely we'll see any sort of partnership between any of the heroes and villains, but nothing's out of the question just yet.

Gotham Knights has drop-in, drop-out two-person co-op

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Gotham Knights will feature seamless drop-in, drop-out co-op, which as we've learned is actually a huge focus for WB Games Montreal. You can see Batgirl doing her thing with the help of Robin, showcasing a few truly satisfying-looking takedowns.

The process of joining and leaving Gotham Knights co-op sessions looks easy-peasy, with a "ROBIN joined the session" message popping up as another player enters without interrupting the action or story.

In an interview with GamesRadar, executive producer Fleur Marty got to talking about Gotham Knights' entirely new combat system, which has been optimized for co-op play. "We have entirely redesigned the combat system in order for it to work well in co-op, because that part of the experience is really exciting for us," Marty told us. "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. Designing a combat system from scratch has its challenges indeed, but it’s been a very stimulating one and we're very proud of the result!"

You can play Gotham Knights offline and entirely solo

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In an interview with GamesRadar, executive producer Fleur Marty got to talking about Gotham Knights' entirely new combat system, which has been optimized for co-op play. "We have entirely redesigned the combat system in order for it to work well in co-op, because that part of the experience is really exciting for us," Marty told us. "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. Designing a combat system from scratch has its challenges indeed, but it’s been a very stimulating one and we're very proud of the result!"

Gotham Knights characters each have distinct skill trees

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Talking to GamesRadar, creative director Patrick Redding confirmed that each Gotham Knights character will have their own unique abilities and skill trees. Redding said balancing each character for co-op was one of the trickier aspects of developing Gotham Knights, but that having each character feel different to the next is key to the story.

"They're all trained under Batman, so have certain crimefighting approaches that are derivative of that. But at the same time, they have all kind of evolved in their own direction, and they have their different specialties. With things like traversal, we wanted to make sure that each character had a kind of different spin on that idea of being able to kind of party-crash on crime," Redding said.

"So they might have access to some of the same tools, like the grapple and the Batcycle. But they also have ways of kind of approaching and entering into the fray that is really distinctive and specific to each of them," he added.

In a recent Discord (opens in new tab)Q&A, Redding also went into detail about Nightwing and Red Hood's abilities. As Redding explained, the idea was to make it so it appears that Nightwing's arsenal is a result of raiding Bat cave for tools


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Jordan Gerblick
Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.

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