With Batman: Arkham Knight announced for 2014 release prematurely, an early preview of the next installment of the Batman Arkham series was available when a trailer for the new game leaked on a British store site.
The game was set to be announced later in the day on Tuesday, but the leak provided a glimpse into what we could expect to see in the next game, Batman: Arkham Knight.
While it’s still incredibly early, the trailer offers some clues as to what the new story will be. As Thomas Wayne’s last will and testament is read for the viewer, the scene switches back and forth between Bruce Wayne getting suited up and a few recognizable faces from the Batman Rogue’s Gallery on trashed Gotham streets. And, they seem to be coordinating. Harley Quinn assaults Gotham PD before approaching a truck that Oswald Cobblepot, otherwise known as a the Penguin, is unloading guns from. Harvey Dent, AKA Two-Face flips a coin (which seems to land on heads, as he accepts a gun from Penguin).
It’s difficult to tell exactly where in the timeline this game will take place. The original page it leaked on reads: “Be a part of the explosive finale in the Batman: Arkham Series,” indicating that it will take place after the second game of the series, Arkham City, and not the third game (and prequel to the original), Arkham Origins.
Given the content of the trailer, the story could be taking away from the comic book arcs “Knightfall” and “No Man’s Land.” Wayne is seen wearing some sort of mechanical armor before he puts on the suit, which could indicate back trauma similar to what he received in “Knightfall” when Bane snapped his back. The ruined streets could either be remnants of the plot to City or an indication that the city is in major disrepair and chaos, much like “No Man’s Land,” when the island-city was isolated from the rest of the world via an earthquake.
It wouldn’t be the first time those stories were tied together. Similar elements were used in Christopher Nolan’s finale of his Dark Knight saga, The Dark Knight Rises.
Speculation aside, rumors have been around since before the release of Origins that Rocksteady was working on another game.
Origins itself was a disappointment for many fans, who expressed concern and dismay that there were no new innovations for the gameplay. While not a terrible game, many agreed, that it did not exceed its predecessors, particularly City, from whom many elements were directly borrowed, but not improved on.
With Batman: Arkham Knight announced for 2014 on next gen consoles (PS4 and Xbox One, as well as PC), the series gets a shot at redemption from the group that made the first two games. There is no set release date in the trailer.