“[Arkham Knight] takes place on this one night where the supervillains work together and wage war on Gotham,” explains Batman: Arkham Knight game director Sefton Hill.
Batman at his peak, crime down in Gotham – what could possibly go wrong with a full-scale super villain strike on the city that the Batman loves and protects?
This is the backdrop for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight, the purported finale to Rocksteady’s series of Arkham games. In a new video released today, Hill and Arkham Knight script writer Martin Lancaster lay out some of the particulars of the new game’s story, which is supposed to play out some of the story threads laid down in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
With a threat of Scarecrow gas having led to Gotham’s evacuation, hundreds of gang members from the various criminal factions have taken up residence in town, presumably with the goal of destroying both the city and its protector.
And what about the titular Arkham Knight, the new villain who’ll be going after Batman? Or the Joker?
To the latter, Hill says that there are no plans to undo the death of Batman’s nemesis from the end of Arkham City (he’s “Dead, dead, dead,” Hill says). In fact, the Joker’s death has caused a power vacuum which now allows the various villains to start working together. The weirdest thing: Harley’s pregnancy, which was teased in Arkham City, was simply a “phantom pregnancy.” So don’t go looking for an appearance by Duela Dent or the son of the Joker.
As for the Arkham Knight, Rocksteady is keeping mum on the details or motivation of the all-new villain which the studio says they’ve created from scratch.
What do you think? Even with their combined might, do you think the villains of Gotham have any chance of taking Batman down?