Rocksteady Studios recently revealed some new screenshots for its upcoming “Batman: Arkham Knight.” The title is set for an Oct. 14, 2014, release date for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The single-player is the fourth installment in the series and is set to be the final chapter in the “Arkham” games. Last month, we talked about what we want to see in the game.
Kevin Conroy, 58, will return as the voice of Batman. Conroy also portrayed the Dark Knight in “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City.”
“It will fit just about in an Xbox 360 if [that was the whole] game. It’s very next-gen,” said art director David Hego in last month’s issue of GameInformer. "Arkham Knight" will be available on the PC, Xbox One and PS4 -- not on the Xbox 360 or PS3.
"The real challenge is making sure you're getting the best out of the machines. It's easy to get the game running, but it's about, 'What can we do that really pushes those machines?'" Hill explained. "Obviously, you see a lot of games that are cross-gen, and they feel la bit reined in because of that. Because we were able to make that decision quite early, we were able to be more ambitious with the design and make a real, genuine next-gen game."
“This is a single-player game. There is no multiplayer. We don’t have the time to do multiplayer,” explained Game Director Sefton Hill. “We want to focus on making the best single-player experience we can. We don’t feel that it needs a multiplayer element. Warner Bros. backed that up right at the start.”
Hill discussed the challenges of creating such a complex game. "I think for us the main thing was, 'Please let us make this game. It's not going to be quick, and it's going to be quite hard, and it's probably going to be quite expensive."
Hill also discussed the Arkham Knight, Batman's mysterious and dangerous new enemy. “We wanted to introduce someone who could really challenge Batman, to go head-to-head with him in lots of different ways. This guy is definitely a formidable foe for Batman.” The story begins one year after 2011’s “Arkham City.” Batman is forced to confront the Scarecrow, who has returned to Gotham City in an attempt to bring together Batman’s enemies to ultimately destroy him. Citizens are ordered to evacuate the town -- and Batman must take on the Arkham Knight.
This is the first game in the series that will allow users to drive the Batmobile, an experience that will undoubtedly be pretty awesome. In the game, the Batmobile will be nearly invincible -- it will be have the ability to perform burnouts, jumps and boosts -- while simultaneously being bulletproof. “Basically … nothing stops the Batmobile. It’s pretty much an unstoppable force,” said Hill. “When you think Batman, you do think Batmobile. It’s the one key thing that we’ve really felt that we always wanted to do.” Like the angst-ridden hero, you'll be able to call the Batmobile by pressing a button. You can also eject yourself from the vehicle at high-speed.
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