If you’ve ever considered what it's like to be fictional billionaire Bruce Wayne, wonder no more. Rocksteady’s upcoming “Batman: Arkham Knight” will allow you to visit the penthouse of superhero Batman’s alter ego.
"Areas like the penthouse at the top of Wayne Tower -- which is Bruce Wayne’s private office -- that was something that we feel is a space that hasn’t been deeply explored, so that we could design the location of where the Bat Pod goes, for his change of clothes -- from his suit into the Bat Suit," Rocksteady Studios producer Dax Ginn told AusGamers last month during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
In the “Arkham” series's first two installments, players spent little to no time as regular Arkham City citizen Bruce Wayne.
"We put a massive bar in there, because he’s always entertaining. So little things like that, that fit the way that we’ve interpreted Bruce Wayne,” Ginn added. “It’s awesome for us to just let loose and really come up with a creative space that we feel is true to the Arkham experience, but also true to Batman."
In June, Guy Perkins, “Arkham Knight” game manager, discussed the title’s sheer size with us at E3. The game’s environment is significantly larger than in previous “Arkham” games.
“Making something that big in intricate detail was a challenge. It’s five times bigger than in ‘Arkham City,’ 20 times bigger than ‘Arkham Asylum.’ It’s no small undertaking, making sure everything works, progress has been challenging,” Perkins said.
Perkins also told us the final chapter of the series will focus on Batman’s relationships and will be more emotionally appealing to players.
“We’ve always had a Rocksteady vision of what Batman is. We take influences from lots of places, but our heart is in DC Comics. Warner Brothers allows us to make decisions and take the franchise in the direction we want,” he said. “Batman means a lot to a lot of people, lots of fans have their own favorite stories and versions of Batman. What we’ve tried to do in this game is tell a really emotional story. It’s something that we really haven’t attempted before, it hasn’t been delivered in such a way. There’s a relationship between Batman and Jim Gordon, Oracle. We want to really play off of that and layer in more emotion.”
“Arkham Knight” will launch for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sometime in 2015.