Each of the Gotham Knights (opens in a new tab) four characters will take their own path through the story: If you want to see everything, it will take several plays. Each character has their own perspective on the events of any given mission, which while similar will contain unique content and subtle differences.
This comes via an interview with WB Games Montreal game director Geoff Ellenor and cinematography director Wilson Mui in the latest issue of PLAY Magazine. (opens in a new tab) (They also talk about Nightwing’s butt, an essential topic for sure.)
“We actually did four [stories], not just one!” said Mui. Ellenor continued by saying that “You won’t see all of it in a single game. Just because there’s so much content that’s unique to the hero’s perception of what’s going on and what happened.”
As the cinematography director, Mui was definitely involved in making each mission distinct for each hero. “Structurally, we’re going to have a very similar scene that all falls in the flow for each character, but each character has their own version of that,” he said. The version of a character differs because they move, speak and act differently, and have their own history with different characters they meet.
“If you watch and play Batgirl, you’ll get the Batgirl version,” Mui said, “but if you play Robin, you’ll get the Robin version of that same scene. Some of them are very similar in how they do it, but they will have small subtle differences.”
Gotham Knights is a co-op action game set in the Batman universe, but with no Batman to be found – he’s dead. That means vigilante justice in Gotham is dispensed by its descendants: a team of Bat-family sidekicks made up of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin. It’s definitely a side character story, and even though we’ve seen Harley Quinn (opens in a new tab) the developers have confirmed that neither Batman nor Joker will appear.
It’s a new approach for the open-world action games that WB has produced about Batman in the past. It is not a continuation of the Arkham games, but a kind of spiritual cousin, especially because of that co-op option and four separate playable characters. Those characters will all level at the same rate, so you can move between them freely. Between that and the separate stories, this one is probably ripe for a New Game+ mode.
You can check out everything we know about Gotham Knights (opens in a new tab) right here on PC Gamer.