Posted: May 20 2015
by: Neal Haworth

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Sneap Peak at Batman Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight is gearing up to be one of the hottest video games of 2015. While we're still just over a month away from its official release, new details are beginning to emerge surrounding this epic superhero-themed game.

As you may already know, Arkham Knight is the fourth installment in the Batman: Arkham series. The game takes place one year after Batman: Arkham City, centering around Batman as he confronts Scarecrow about a recent attack on Gotham City. Arkham Knight lives up to its namesake by featuring a mysterious sidekick who assists Batman. The prompts Scarecrow to team up with several other villains in an attempt to bring down Batman.

Arkham Knight plays in a traditional third-person perspective, focusing on Batman's various attack, defense and stealth abilities, most of which are unlocked as the player progresses through the game. Another interesting piece of information about Arkham Knight is that it's the first game in the series to feature the Batmobile. Other titles have shown the Batmobile, but this is the first game in which players can actually drive and control it.

One of the characteristics among the Batman: Arkham series is that each game becomes progressively larger and more open. The first game, for instance, was relatively small and featured a linear story path. It was still an amazing game, but it lacked the element of exploration and adventure that's found in other games. Batman: Arkham Knight takes places an emphasis on the environment, featuring a world that's roughly five times the size of Arkham City.

"One of the things we wanted to do with the environment for Batman: Arkham Knight is create this living, breathing, complete version of Gotham City," said Gaz Deaves, Rocksteady's social media manager. "When you play Batman: Arkham Knight, you’ll be exploring an environment around five times the size of Arkham City, but really the important thing for us isn’t so much the scale of the city: it’s the detail and care that goes into every inch of it. That’s what makes it feel like Gotham."

If you were hoping to see lots of puzzles in Arkham Knight, you won't be disappointed. According to Creative director at Rocksteady, Sefton Hill, there are approximately 243 Riddler trophies scattered throughout Gotham City. While this pales in comparison to the Arkham City's 440 trophies, Hill noted that this installment focuses on quality over quantity.

Are you looking forward to the release of Arkham Knight? Let us know in the comments section below!

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