Gotham Knights promises to take you to a "dynamic and interactive" open-world Gotham City later this year.
Coming from the studio behind Batman: Arkham Origins, WB Games Montreal, Gotham Knights doesn’t have its players step into the boots of Batman. Instead, you'll play as Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Robin (Tim Drake), Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Red Hood (Jason Todd).
Giving you the chance to play as all of these heroes, using their unique powers and abilities to stop criminals across the five district boroughs of Gotham City, Gotham Knights is a game that can be played solo or with a friend in drop-in drop-out co-op multiplayer.
After a delay, Gotham Knights is scheduled to release on October 25 for current and last-gen consoles as well as PC. This confirmed release date is sure to be a relief to DC fans who recently saw Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League pushed from 2022 into 2023.
Want to know more? Read on for everything we know about Gotham Knights so far.
Gotham Knights: cut to the chase
- What is it? A new Batman game starring Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood
- When can I play it? October 25 2022
- What can I play it on? PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC
Gotham Knights release date and platforms
Gotham will always need its heroes. Suit up for an all-new adventure on 10.25.22. #GothamKnights pic.twitter.com/d7oV2LbcT8March 9, 2022
Officially announced during DC FanDome on August 22, 2020, Gotham Knights was initially set to release sometime in 2021, however, Warner Bros. announced in March 2021 that the game was delayed until 2022. Now, we know more specifically that's October 25 2022.
"We are giving the game more time to deliver the best possible experience for players," Warner Bros. stated in its delay announcement. "Thank you to our amazing fans for your tremendous support of Gotham Knights. We look forward to showcasing more of the game in the coming months."
Gotham Knights trailers
Court of Owls story trailer
Warner Bros. released a new trailer for Gotham Knights during DC FanDome 2021. It's tense, creepy and confirms that the big bad in this game is likely going to The Court of Owls. This is a secret society meets crime organization made up of Gotham's elite.
This would make sense given we already know the game features deadly assassins known as 'Talons'. According to DC canon, these assassins were trained by The Court of Owls.
In addition to a world premiere trailer, Warner Bros. premiered the first pre-alpha gameplay of Gotham Knights during DC FanDome 2020, showing Batgirl and Robin joining forces to take on Mr. Freeze during one of several villain encounters. Creative director Patrick Redding narrates the footage, stating that the Mr. Freeze storyline takes place about "a dozen or so hours" into Batgirl's character progression.
Renee Montoya is heard speaking via radio to Batgirl, seemingly confirming that the GCPD detective is working with the group in some capacity. Alfred Pennyworth - Bruce Wayne's butler and guardian - is featured over comms too.
A new addition to the series is the introduction of an XP system for leveling up characters, meaning all thugs will possess a number above their head, giving players an idea of their difficulty. This grows as the player increases in power and ability, so that foes keep pace throughout.
"Confronting a villain like Mr. Freeze can be a very different proposition at level five or at level 15, and not just in terms of stats but in the kinds of attacks and defenses they bring to bear," explains Redding, before teasing more to come in future.
World premiere trailer
The first action-packed Gotham Knights trailer was revealed at DC FanDome 2020 and shows our four vigilantes receiving a posthumous call from Bruce Wayne, declaring Gotham unsafe and the GCPD distrustful, while also leaving behind all his files and a base of operations (The Belfy) to help keep the city safe.
We then receive a montage looking at the quartet's different fighting styles, before leading into the co-op element of the game and the introduction of the Batcycle. The trailer closes out introducing what is likely the game's main antagonist - the Court of Owls.
Simultaneously, a child's voice can be heard saying: "No one talks about them. Not a whisper word is said. For if you try to crush them, then the talon strikes you dead." This refers to the deadly assassins known as 'Talons', which were first introduced back in Batman #2 in 2011.
Gotham Knights gameplay and setting
A completely original story, Gotham Knights is set in an open-world Gotham City, following the deaths of Batman and Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. As a result, crime is on the rise with infamous DC villains like Mr Freeze and Penguin aiming to take advantage of the bat's absence. But, having been left a pre-recorded message from Batman, the Gotham Knights take up the mantle to continue Batman's legacy of protecting the city - while uncovering who it was that killed the Caped Crusader in the first place and how the mysterious criminal society, the Court of Owls, is connected to the ongoing chaos.
Gotham Knights is an open-world action RPG that allows you to play as four characters: Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood. Each of these characters has their own playstyle and abilities. Batgirl is trained in a variety of fighting styles and is also well-versed in technology and coding; Nightwing is a master of acrobatics and carries his iconic dual escrima sticks; Robin is an expert fighter who carries a quarterstaff and is trained in stealth; while Red Hood is strong and proficient in a manner of weapons.
The Belfrey will act as the Gotham Knights' home base, with the Batcomputer at the heart of it, and will be where the heroes hang out in the daytime and plan their next steps. During the night, the heroes venture out to uncover clues, fight crime in the city's five districts and explore. Heroes will have the Batcycle and a grapple at their disposal for exploring Gotham City.
Before heading out for nighttime patrol, players will pick a hero to play as, however, you can return to the Belfrey to change your crimefighter. You don't have to play as a specific hero at any time and you can play the whole game with just one.
Each hero has their own unique ability tree and craftable gear, with experience earned through open-world activities. Players will be able to adjust heroes' gear and abilities at the Belfrey.
While you can play Gotham Knights solo, there's also an option to play co-op multiplayer, allowing a second player to drop in and out of the game as one of your fellow Knights - without affecting you.
Gotham City is set to be a living, breathing ecosystem which will feature citizens just going about their day-to-day business, a variety of criminal factions and iconic locations from the vast Batman Universe (film, TV and comics), including the GCPD. We'll also see appearances from Batman's Rogue Gallery.
Gotham Knights news and rumors
Below, we've gathered up all the biggest news and rumors surrounding Gotham Knights:
Gotham Knights TV series
A Gotham Knights TV series is in the works (which has the same name as the upcoming game) at The CW.
While both the game and the show are called 'Gotham Knights' (borrowed from the comic book series of the same name), the show won't be a spin-off of the game. Instead, according to Entertainment Weekly, the show will "Bruce Wayne's rebellious adopted son in the wake of Bruce's murder as he's forced to forge an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman's enemies after they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader".
At the time of writing, no release date has been confirmed for the Gotham Knights TV series.
Studio working on another game?
Warner Bros. Games Montreal, the studio behind Gotham Knights, might be working on a second, unannounced project alongside the game.
As reported by PCGamesN, Warner Bros. Games Montreal senior artist Megan Berry’s LinkedIn profile states that since 2019, she’s been working as a co-founder and art director on an unannounced game “in addition to our current responsibilities on Gotham Knights”.
In addition, also spotted by PCGamesN, WB Games Montreal was hiring for a Senior Gameplay / Animation Programmer in 2021 “to work with its game development team responsible for a new IP, AAA title.” Whoever gets the role’s job will involve optimizing “cross-platform gameplay systems” and “NPC behaviors” alongside other responsibilities. If gears are indeed actually turning on a new project, this bodes well for Gotham Knights meeting its October 2022 release date. What the game could be is currently unknown and though there are rumors that it could involve Superman, we’ll have to wait for an official announcement from the studio to be sure.
Family is a theme
Speaking to GamesRadar, creative director Patrick Redding revealed that family is a key theme of Gotham Knights.
"One of our goals was to really tap into the aspects of the Batman universe that hadn't necessarily had exposure yet in games," Redding told the publication. "We drew on the idea of the Batman Family really as a core element of that. Family, in general, has become a theme in this game."
"It's the Batman family, and these are characters who, because of the death of Bruce Wayne and the death of Batman, have lost their mentor. They've lost this figure that's guided them. And, in a way, they're kind of orphaned. [But] the Court of Owls, as an adversary, has always been about the decadent, dark understanding of what families are, and their connection with the history of Gotham City… There's a dark reflection at work in this game, for sure."
World's Greatest Detectives
In the same interview with GamesRadar, creative director Patrick Redding explained for mystery will play a critical part in Gotham Knights, with the Knights aiming to uncover what exactly is going on in Gotham, who killed Batman and how the Court of Owls is connected to it all - a mission that sounds like it will have many twists and turns.
"With the Court [of Owls], the things start out as one thing, and then they definitely end up somewhere else, and that's the exciting part," Redding told the publication.
"The reason we went for a mystery sort of structure for our main story is that it isn't something you can just grind through over a weekend. It's something where you uncover a piece of it, and you get a chance to explore that piece. And it has implications, and it changes the world. And then you have to kind and go and do the detective legwork in order to get access to what the next piece is going to be."
New Key Art
Ahead of DC FanDome 2021, where we got a brand new trailer for the game, Warner Bros. released some new key art for the game. It doesn’t give a whole lot away but it does give us a better look at the game’s four heroes as they stroll through Gotham City—oh, and that interesting reflection of Batman in the water under their feet.
Your Legacy Begins Now. Step Into the Knight. #GothamKnights pic.twitter.com/XGb8hLaHl9September 3, 2021
Combat with co-op in mind
In an interview with GamesRadar, Gotham Knights’ executive producer Fleur Marty has revealed that the combat system for its upcoming Batman game, Gotham Knights, has been designed with two-player co-op in mind. According to Marty, players should expect something slightly different to WB Montreal’s previous Batman game Arkham: Origins, explaining that they “have entirely redesigned the combat system in order for it to work well in co-op.”
While Marty noted that Gotham Knights is “still a brawler” and “some of the mechanics won’t feel totally alien for people who played and enjoyed the Arkham series”, he added that “it is in many ways very different.”
Despite this focus on co-op, there will still be some flexibility in how Gotham Knights can be played. According to Marty, it'll still be possible to play Gotham Knights entirely solo and the co-op element is conveniently “drop-in drop-out”, so you’re not entirely dependent on another player.
Further to that, story progression is shared between all the characters so you can switch between heroes as you please, provided you’re in The Belfry, and invite a friend to join you without the worry that they’ll pick that one underpowered character you haven't played as at all.
Even with that flexibility, though, the idea and spirit of the “team-up” is important to the overall game as Creative Director Patrick Redding said, “The two-player dynamic fits the fantasy and the Gotham City setting. The ‘duo’ or team-up is such a central feature of the universe that there’s a literal shorthand for it in the comics, in animation, in the film and TV versions.”
It's so important, in fact, that it's affected the design of Gotham City itself, with Redding adding that “Gotham is a city of alleyways and rooftops, so the footprint for gameplay needs to be compatible with that.”
Is Batman really dead?
The biggest rumor circling the web is that Batman is not actually dead, rather, the world's greatest detective has gone into hiding to infiltrate the Court of Owls before subsequently being revealed alive in the later portions of the story. This has some credibility, just going off the history and general popularity of the Dark Knight alone. WB Games Montréal has not stated that Bruce Wayne is dead either, just Batman.
On top of this, various images surfaced in August 2019 reportedly revealing the studio's previously canceled project starring Damien Wayne; Batman's son and the fifth character to assume the role of Robin. As Batman was set to be non-playable, Warner Bros. apparently scrapped the idea altogether. With this in mind, would the studio then repeat themselves in Gotham Knights?
Release date and location rumors
Another rumor pertains to the release date. On Christmas Day, the official Gotham Knights' Twitter account posted a 'Happy Holidays' image from the team at WB Games Montréal, which includes presents, a gym setup, and most notably, a poster dedicated to the Flying Graysons.
For those that are unaware, the Flying Graysons were a group of trapeze artists and Robin's family members that were ultimately killed, leading to the latter becoming a crime fighter. The poster in question has a touring date of Tuesday, July 16 to Sunday, July 2, with many believing one of these to be the release date for the game. This is purely speculation (and looks to be disproved) as neither of those dates landed on a Tuesday or a Sunday in 2021 - plus the game has since been delayed until October 2022.
More interestingly, the bottom of the poster mentions that Haly's Circus will take place at Robinson Park, a location used by Poison Ivy during the No Man's Land comic book storyline. There's a much higher chance this one is real.
Christmas in Gotham is something else. #GothamKnights pic.twitter.com/TZ3yZyqJpvDecember 25, 2020
Early on, WB Games Montréal confirmed the voice cast of Gotham Knights (via Twitter) after the game's announcement, featuring a line-up of stars new to the Batman franchise, as well as some up-and-comers.
What wasn't confirmed was the role of The Penguin, which early-eyed fans spotted on IMDB will be voiced by Elias Toufexis, who has had a number of TV and voice roles and sounds perfect for the part.
The rest of the line-up consists of America Young as Batgirl, picking up the cowl after previously voicing Barbie in Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures and directing The Concessionaires Must Die, a low-budget comedy flick executive produced by Stan Lee. Young also voiced Dagger in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.
Relative newcomer Sloane Morgan Siegel will play the Boy Wonder. Set to star in a new comedy series from Aaron David Roberts called Chartered, Siegel has had small roles in Modern Family and The Goldbergs, with the casting of Robin being his biggest role to date.
We then have Christopher Sean as Nightwing, who will be known to Star Wars Resistance fans as the voice of lead character Kazuda Xiono. Apart from this, Sean had a four-year stint as Paul Narita on Days of Our Lives, played Dr. Bernard in the Wastelanders DLC in Fallout 76, and popped up across Marvel's Avengers and Ghost of Tsushima as several additional voices.
Red Hood voice actor Stephen Oyoung is arguably the most well-known in the video game space, previously appearing in Spider-Man (2018) as antagonist Martin Li/Mister Negative. Since then, he has turned up as Alex Weatherstone in Death Stranding and Grayson in Cyberpunk 2077.
Bruce Wayne's long-suffering butler looks to have a major role in Gotham Knights, as Gildart Jackson steps into the limelight. Jackson previously portrayed Giles the butler in the ABC series Whodunnit?, Flyseyes in Netflix's Castlevania series, Gideon in Charmed, as well as additional voices across Star Wars: The Old Republic and its expansion packs. He's also married to Jan from The Office (Melora Hardin).
While Roger Craig Smith voiced Batman in Arkham Origins and Kevin Conroy carried the part in Rocksteady's Arkham Trilogy, Michael Antonakos has been confirmed as the new voice this time around. Antonakos's most prominent role was as Alexios in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey.
The choice to go without an already existing Batman voice actor further confirms WB's commitment that Gotham Knights is set in a different universe from past titles. So, we wouldn't expect the likes of Mark Hamill's Joker to manifest, that is even if the Clown Prince of Crime turns up at all.