The Arkham games are not only the best Batman games ever made, but also some of the best action games full stop.
It’s been five long years since Arkham Knight came out in 2015, so fans are understandably eager for more from the world of Gotham. And rumour has it that Warner Bros. is ready to unveil its next Batman title – though if you’re expecting a straight sequel to Arkham Knight then you might want to lower your expectations now.
This is also separate to the confirmed Suicide Squad game under development by Rocksteady (the original Arkham devs), with Warner Bros. Montréal instead developing the new Batman title.
What will the next Batman game be called?
Since the game hasn’t officially been announced, we don’t know what the next Batman game will be called – or even if it will have ‘Arkham’ in the title to connect it to the previous series.
Early rumours suggested that the next game might be called Arkham Legacy, but we’d take that with a pinch of salt ourselves.
More recently the name Gotham Knights has circulated – not least thanks to a domain name registration for ‘GothamKnightsGame.com’ – so that looks like a more likely contender.
When will it come out?
Unsurprisingly, we don’t know this either. Warner Bros. was supposedly going to announced the game at E3 2020 alongside a new Harry Potter RPG, but with the trade show cancelled that changes things.
Most likely the game will be revealed at DC FanDome, an online event on 22 August that promises big updates on the upcoming films, TV shows, and games set in the DC universe. We know that’s when we’re seeing the Suicide Squad game, so it makes sense that the new Batman will debut there too.
Either way, with an announcement still to come we’d be shocked to see the game release any time in 2020 – expect this in 2021 at the earliest.
What platforms will the new Batman be on?
With a release likely from 2021 onwards, it stands to reason that the game will be for next-gen consoles, so look for it on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. A PC release is likely too (lets hope it holds up better than Arkham Knight’s infamously bad PC port…), and it may well get a release for current-gen consoles too. We wouldn’t hold your breath for a Switch port though.
What will the story be about?
This is about the only area where we do know a little. Teases on Twitter from WB Montreal reveal logos belonging to the Gotham police department and the infamous League of Shadows, so it looks like that villainous group will have a major role to play in the game:
Capture the Knight / Cape sur la nuit pic.twitter.com/yMFXMd4djU
— WB Games Montréal (@WBGamesMTL)
September 23, 2019
Earlier rumours suggest that the Court of Owls (another villainous organisation from the comics) will appear, as will the rest of the Batfamily, who will in fact be playable. Again, all of that is strictly speculation for now.