Gotham Knights is an upcoming open-world action game from Warner Bros. Montreal that will let players take control of the Batfamily, including Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood. However, the game’s reveal teased the potential death of Batman, and now a new teaser image may finally provide clarity on Bruce Wayne’s cause of death.
Gotham Knights‘ social media posted a teaser image recently showing a burnt up newspaper in the game. The front-page headline reads “BRUCE WAYNE DEAD” and goes on to cite the collapse of the entire Wayne Manor as a cause, resulting in a freak accident. Though partially burnt, a subline reveals that an investigation is still ongoing regarding whether or not his death was actually accidental.
— Gotham Knights (@GothamKnights) October 6, 2021
The story of Gotham Knights is still being kept under wraps, but as a result of Batman’s supposed death, the extended Batfamily takes charge to protect Gotham City. Warner Bros. Montreal emphasized being able to explore Gotham and do missions in co-op with a friend, much like their previous game, Batman: Arkham Origins. The combat system is also being revamped to accommodate chain-link attacks, combos, and RPG-lite health bars and damage scaling for enemies.
Fans still believe that Batman’s “death” is a ruse, as the caped crusader has pulled off similar disappearing tricks in the comics. That said, Gotham Knights doesn’t actually take place in the same universe or continuity as Rocksteady’s Arkham games. Rather confusingly, Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League is the one that actually takes place in their Arkham universe, meaning there’s no direct link (that we can currently see) from Warner Bros. Montreal’s game to Rocksteady’s timeline.
Gotham Knights is currently in development for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC with a planned 2022 release window. The game is currently being teased to have a showcase at the upcoming DC FanDome event which takes place from 16 October 2021, where we’ll hopefully see more gameplay and finally get a release date.
Source: Gotham Knights Twitter