The Arkham series features some of the all-time best video games inspired by comic books and this is in no small part thanks to the storytelling. Rocksteady Studios is currently developing the next title in the series, Batman Arkham Knight, and it was revealed that its Gotham will be five times bigger than in Arkham City. Needless to say, the game is going to be huge and we can expect to see all sorts of crazy action, especially since we’ll also have the Batmobile this time around. Moreover, Rocksteady says that Batman Arkham Knight will also tell a very good story, just like the previous titles in the series.
“I think we’ve always taken pride in the stories we tell,” Guy Perkins, Marketing Manager at Rocksteady told IGN. “We try to create that very cinematic story-telling experience through the game. Obviously Asylum was the starting point for that, but the intimate cat-and-mouse gameplay between the Joker and Batman really demanded it took place in the pressure cooker of the Asylum. “So that had its place for that story, but then we took that into the open world to give players the next piece of the Batman armour as it were, which is the grappling gun and the ability to glide. The introduction of those pieces really required a bigger game world to support them, but then the big thing that was always missing for us was the Batmobile. It was always missing but wouldn’t have worked in Asylum or City, so to build an open-world around that was crucial.”
More often than not, huge open-world games suffer from a lack of good storytelling, but Perkins assures us that this will not be the case with Batman Arkham Knight. He also says that the game will prove satisfying for both newcomers and veterans of the series. “The narrative is still very defined, though, there’s definite acts that you clearly understand as you go through Arkham Knight,” he said. “We’ve been conscious to create a rich story that’s interesting for newcomers and for fans alike. You can go off and do your side quests when you like, but it’s still a linear story in the sense that it has a beginning, middle and end.”
Batman Arkham Knight will be released on June 2nd for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Stay tuned for more news and updates.