There’s a lot to get excited about for Rocksteady‘s “Batman: Arkham Knight.” The big conclusion to the studio’s “Arkham” Trilogy, which began with “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and extended to “Batman: Arkham City,” is due for a next-generation graphical upgrade (the game has only been announced for Xbox One and PlayStation 4) and is sure to have Rocksteady’s signature take on the Batman franchise. Case in point, PlayStation Blog went in depth with Rocksteady Game Director Sefton Hill on the process for designing the new “Arkham Knight” Batmobile, which explains why the game will only be available on next-generation systems.
“We made the decision early in development that to truly feel the power of the Batmobile, this car needed to be unstoppable,” Hill said in his PlayStation Blog post. “It changed the way we designed and built the game from that point forward. Nothing should stop the Batmobile. If you want to stick to an open road then that is your choice, but if you want to take a shortcut through a pillar, wall or statue then that’s fine too! I’ve been asked a few times: why this game is only possible on next-gen systems? This level of destructibility in an open world city is one of the key reasons.”
Although the Batmobile was the main focus of the piece, PlayStation Blog also snuck in two incredibly telling photos from the game that bring a whole new mystery to the table. While many fans assumed the “Arkham Knight” title was a reference to one of Batman’s many nicknames, The Dark Knight, it turns out that the Arkham Knight is an actual separate character in the game, created in conjunction with DC Comics. No further details were given about the character, but it looks like an Arkham mecha version of the Bat-suit — but it doesn’t like like it’s Bruce Wayne under the cowl, as the Arkham Knight has Batman dead-to-rights in one photo.
“Obviously, with a name that is the title of the game, he’s a very significant character,” Rocksteady’s Dax Ginn said in a PlayStation video interview. “It was very exciting for us to bring a new character into Batman’s world.”
Check out the Arkham Knight photos below. “Batman: Arkham Knight” is set to debut later this year for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.