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'Gotham Knights' is a Batman game without the Caped Crusader

The Bat-Family takes the spotlight.
Kris Naudus, @krisnaudus
August 22, 2020
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DC’s Fandome event was intended as a replacement for the company’s usual big presence at this year’s cancelled San Diego Comic-Con, and within minutes the company came out swinging with its first big announcement: Gotham Knights, an open-world video game about a city without Batman, where his various proteges have to step up to defend their home.

In the action-adventure title the player will get to play as one of four prominent members of the Bat-Family:  Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl and Red Hood. Bruce Wayne is dead, and it won’t take long for the villains of Gotham City to figure out that Batman is gone too. Luckily, he’s left behind plenty for his associates to work with, including a well-equipped headquarters and of course, the ever-faithful Alfred. The mechanics lie in the vein of games like Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 and the Assassin’s Creed series, with plenty of stealth and brawling, though we also get to see Batgirl drive a pretty sweet bike through the streets of Gotham. 

The one standout is that this game will be a co-op title, with players able to work together to clear areas and defeat villains — in the gameplay footage shown, we got to see Batgirl and Robin make their way through a building taken over by perennial Batman villain Mr. Freeze. The Bat-Family will also face off against newer baddies like the Court of Owls, though the developers hinted this is only the tip of the iceberg and the mystery goes much deeper than that. 

The game is due to arrive from Warner Bros. Games Montreal some time in 2021 — presumably for next-gen consoles. Meanwhile, DC Fandome continues all day Saturday, with reruns of the broadcast starting around 9pm tonight so you can catch this reveal again at 9:25pm ET.

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