While Rocksteady is working on its co-op Suicide Squad game, WB Montreal has been working on a co-op title of its own – Gotham Knights. While this game was originally going to release in 2021, the studio has realised that it needs more time, pushing the game back to 2022.
In a statement last night, the studio said: “we are giving the game more time to deliver the best possible experience for players”. Gotham Knights is now aiming for a 2022 release window, but we will be seeing more of the game in action this year, with WB teasing plans to showcase more of the game “in the coming months”.
— Gotham Knights (@GothamKnights) March 19, 2021
Gotham Knights is being developed by WB Montreal, the studio that previously handled Batman Arkham Origins. The game is apparently not set in the Arkham Universe, although it does seem to be loosely connected. The game takes place after the death of Bruce Wayne, which is where Arkham Knight left things. The game stars Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin taking on the role of Gotham's protectors.
Originally, this was widely rumoured to be a live-service style game, but WB Montreal insists that is not the case, with producer Fleur Marty stating the following in an interview last year: “This is very much not designed as a game-as-service. There is an ability tree, which is different for each of the characters, and then there’s gear that you craft—and so choices that you’re going to be making—but that does not mean that this is a game-as-service.”
The next official ‘Arkham' game is being developed by Rocksteady. Suicide Squad is also tentatively scheduled for 2022 and will likely feature more live-service elements.
KitGuru Says: I'm still not sure how I feel about Gotham Knights, but hopefully we'll get a good look at some gameplay later this year. Are any of you looking forward to this one? Do you think having Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad in the same year will hurt sales?