Arkham Knight Is Not Just The Name Of The Game, But Also Batman’s New Rival

By Ishaan . March 5, 2014 . 9:42am

Batman: Arkham Knight is scheduled for release this year on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and developer Rocksteady have shared with Game Informer magazine that “Arkham Knight” is not just the game’s title, but also the name of a new character.


The Arkham Knight is a new archrival to Batman, who has been created by DC’s Chief Creative Office, Geoff Johns. The character will present a challenge to Batman in a number of ways. Batman will once again be voiced by Kevin Conroy, and voice actors for the game’s villains be returning to their roles from Arkham City as well.


On the gameplay front, Rocksteady say that the structure of Gotham City has been rethought to accommodate the Batmobile and street traffic. Batman: Arkham Knight takes place in a central zone of Gotham, which is about five times the size of Arkham City. It’s divided into three islands, and Rocksteady say the goal is to create a rich and dense open-world, as opposed to the largest open-world.


As far as the Batmobile is concerned, you’ll be able to call upon the car at the touch of a button. It’s able to perform burnouts, jumps, boosts, and “rotate in a circle at a full stop” to get you pointed in the right direction. You’ll be able to swap between being in and out of the Batmobile depending on what the mission at hand requires. When you’re within range of a key point, you’ll also be able to eject right out of the Batmobile and into a fast glide.


Finally, story-wise, Rocksteady revealed that Batman: Arkham Knight takes place one year after Arkham City. Since the events of Arkham City, the crime rate has dropped, but naturally Batman continues to fight crime. Oracle will play a bigger role in the game this time around, and you’ll actually get to see her. Like in the pre-New 52 comic continuity that most are familiar with, Barbara was paralysed by the Joker.


[Source Game Informer via CVG]

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  • Tarren

    Who wants to bet that this “Arkham Knight” fellow is going to turn out to be the Joker?

    • subsamuel01

      There’s a rumor that Rocksteady and DC created a new character just for the game.

    • LightningFarron19

      Impossible, Joker is dead. Besides, why revive a lunatic to be Gotham’s protector? That would not make any sense and be bad writing. =P

      • Tarren

        In comic book universes, people have a habit of not staying dead. Also I don’t think Warner Bros. can make a Batman game where the main baddy ISN’T the Joker.

    • MrJechgo

      If they really want to “revive” the Joker, I can’t think of a better way than having Scarecrow gas Batman and have him bad-trip over Joker being alive and more powerful.

    • It’s probably going to be Azrael or someone related to the Order. There was some pretty heavy hinting at what was to come next in one of Arkham City’s sidequests.

    • It’s Alfred. THE BUTLER DID IT!!!

    • NRool

      Part of me wishes it was Prometheus, but it’ll probably be Azrael

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    • Kevin Schwarz

      Nope. Joker’s dead alright. They made it quite clear in Arkham City.

  • MrJechgo

    “Batman will once again be voiced by Kevin Conroy, and voice actors for the game’s villains be returning to their roles from Arkham City as well.”

    Hell yeah :D !

    That made my day ^_^

    • pressstart

      Hell yea! Just goes to show how much more important this one is compared to Arkham Origin, Rocksteady and Kevin Conroy!

  • Pyrofrost

    I’m betting on Prometheus.

    • SwiggitySwag

      new character”

      I think you might be onto something.

  • digitaldevil0

    Their last chance to bring Red Hood(Jason Todd) to the series. Now that Joker is dead, I really want to see how Jason feels about it.

    • Drew Hendrix

      That would be sweet!!!! Red Hood and Nightwing are my favorite DC characters

    • Kango234

      That would be an amazing way to bring him into this universe.

  • DCBlackbird

    Sweet the Arkham is significant now :)

  • Vorsun

    Wait, isn’t Azrael as much of an ‘Arkham Knight’ as you can get? Why not just put him in the game?

    • Derek E Nay

      It may be him.

      • blackmanwithcomputer .

        Probably not seeing as that specific storyline from the comics has not been built up at all.
        Also, it’s been made clear that Hush doesn’t know that Bruce Wayne is Batman yet. In the comics Hush only knows this because Jason Todd told him, in an effort to cause trouble for Bruce as he readied himself for his reign of the Gotham crime underworld.
        To me, Arkham Knight is either a completely new character or the Arkhamverse version of Jason.

    • WhyWai

      Yea… he is the one comes to mind when they said ‘Arkham Knight’ is a character. but they said it’s a new character..

  • サレム

    Arkham Knight is Superman

  • Oh sweet jesus that’s stupid.

  • Muffum

    “Rocksteady say the goal is to create a rich and dense open-world, as opposed to the largest open-world.”
    This is definitely something I can get behind; the idea of just making a large open world has never appealed to me because of the games I’ve played that boasted about that, most of them had pretty barren worlds.

  • Weird Al Yankovic

    Hope they bring back Catwoman and make her playable again. No reason not to bring back all the playable characters and have them available for the extra modes, at least.

  • Ben Sylvia

    Wonder if we’ll get to go back to the derelict Arkham Asylum at some point.
    Maybe as the Arkham Kinght’s final base.

    Probably won’t be able to play this, but hype is mounting!

  • blackmanwithcomputer .

    It’s very likely the Arkhamverse version of Jason Todd, I mean even the description of the character is basically Jason Todd when he was unofficially Batman.

  • blackmanwithcomputer .

    Also the design of the Arkham Knight looks a lot like the new Batwing’s suit:

  • Sperium3000

    The reveal trailer actually got me thinking the big villain this time will be the Scarecrow, given the growly voice and talk about fear and stuff…. Maybe he’s the Arkham Knight?

  • HassanJamal

    Kevin Conroy is back and thats all I needed to convince me to get this game :D

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