Rocksteady Details Gotham City In Batman: Arkham Knight
The Batman Arkham series has portrayed Gotham City in a few different ways over its three game reign, and each game had its own sense of atmosphere and mood. Rocksteady, returning to the helm of development, will again be looking to characterise Gotham City in an authentic and interesting way, and will push that through its story as well, which will hopefully be as bold as Arkham City.
Dax Ginn, producer on Batman: Arkham Knight, has discussed the efforts Rocksteady put into constructing a believable Gotham City, as well as offered details on the story. A lot of it is what we know already, but it certainly does seem like an intriguing premise with some potential.
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“Gotham City has got a very specific atmosphere and we spent a lot of time on making sure that’s right. It’s not just one thing, it’s a combination of the atmospherics of light and reflections, it’s always raining, it’s always night time, making sure that the echoes through the street, they sound right.
“As you’re moving through the city, [you’ll notice] that style of architecture changes but it all needs to feel like it’s still part of the same continuous city. It’s a really difficult challenge.
“The story of Batman: Arkham Knight really picks up 12 months after the death of Joker in Arkham City, so Joker’s death has left this vacuum and the Scarecrow has returned to really take control of that and deliver the vengeance that he has been planning since Batman took him down in Arkham Asylum.
“Scarecrow is really unifying the rogue gallery and the intention of that unified threat is to destroy the Batman once and for all,” Ginn said.
Batman: Arkham Knight was announced at the beginning of March, and will be the final title in the series from Rocksteady. It will feature an all-new villain created in collaboration with DC Comics, which I’ve previously said plays a major role in making it one of the most important video games of the year, as well as an open world that is far larger than Arkham City and will allow players to drive the Batmobile for the first time, which apparently hogs enough memory to be a full Xbox 360 game.
Arkham Knight will be on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and will release on October 14 worldwide.