Gotham Knights players shouldn’t expect to see much of Batman in the game.
Speaking during a Q&A attended by IGN, Gotham Knights creative director Patrick Redding confirmed that Batman is “really dead” in the game. Players will probably get a glimpse of the staple DC superhero in an early sequence, but it doesn’t sound like there will be a twist revival at the end of the game, as many fans have hoped and/or assumed.
Redding confirmed Batman’s fate in Gotham Knights after revealing that his arch-nemesis, Joker, would also be absent in the open-world action RPG. Harley Quinn, the Clown Prince’s partner in crime, might show up, however.
During a fan Q&A, Redding was asked if Joker was in the game, to which he responded no, but added, “I will not confirm or deny whether Harley is,” indicating that Joker’s clownish compatriot might make an appearance of some sort.
Redding also confirmed that Batman is in fact “really dead” in Gotham Knights (he dies in the first ten minutes, setting up the plot), and remains dead at the end of the game.
He also added that there is “exactly one” Riddler question mark in all of Gotham Knights.
Complementing Redding’s new details regarding Gotham Knights is a new trailer that shows off one of the game’s playable characters, Batgirl. Joining her is the rest of the Batman Family, whose roster includes Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin, all of whom must “rise up as the protectors of Gotham City in the wake of Batman’s death.”
The video showcases new gameplay and custom cutscenes of Batgirl, also known as Barbara Gordon. A highly trained fighter and expert computer coder and hacker, Batgirl brings both brawn and brains to the team of knights. Using her signature weapon, the tonfa, along with a fierce combination of kickboxing, capoeira and jiu-jitsu, Batgirl can swiftly take down powerful foes twice her size. With dangers new and old on the horizon, Batgirl is more determined than ever to keep Gotham safe and protect the city from falling into chaos.
Gotham Knights is scheduled to release worldwide on October 25, 2022, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC platforms. Those who pre-order the game will receive the 233 Kustom Batcycle Skin at launch, a skin “based on the vehicle’s first appearance in DC’s Detective Comics #233.”