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The Dark Knight may be dead (apparently) in the upcoming Batman:Gotham Knights, but the fair city of Gotham itself has never felt more alive. That's according to developer WB. Games Montreal, who explained a little bit more about the world and systems of the DC superhero adventure in a recent blog post.
Writing for the PlayStation Blog, Gotham Knights creative director Patrick Redding explained all the ways in which this version of Gotham will feel truly dynamic, and it sounds like there are some notable differences when compared to the Arkham games. In Arkham City and Arkham Knight, Gotham was scarcely populated as a result of plot points. Both of these games also took place over the course of a single night.
In Gotham Knights, Redding claims that the aim is to make the city feel properly lived in. He also explained that the game will see Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood dealing with crimes over the course of multiple nights. Both Gotham and the sidekicks will grow and evolve over the course of the game, he said.
Redding also teased that this version of Gotham will be made up of five individual boroughs, implying that it'll be the largest digital incarnation of the city yet. The criminals and civilians that inhabit these areas will have their own unique schedules, and different criminal factions will constantly fight to claim territory.
Depending on which villains are in control, we may even see drastic changes to certain areas. The first gameplay demo gave us a look at how Mr Freeze had turned a part of Gotham into a icy hellhole, for example.
"The Knights will explore this world by grapple or Batcycle, battling baddies and gradually finding evidence, major clues that point to the larger storyline, the next chapter of the larger mystery," the blog reads. "And they'll uncover a new threat that has its roots in the very foundations of Gotham's history: the Court of Owls.
"It's going to serve up a ton of variety, a ton of complexity that you can keep evolving, modifying and adding to as the player advances through the story."
It all sounds pretty promising, and I can't wait to see more of Gotham Knights in action. As a massive Nightwing fan, I'm more than ready to jump on a Batcycle and tear it up through the streets of this ambitious new Gotham.