It’s almost here! Gothan Knights will be released on October 21, 2022, much to the delight of DC fans. The game introduces an unthinkable situation: who would take over for Batman as Gotham’s protector? Players will get to play through as each of the four characters: Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, and Redhood. The newest defender of Gotham City will be determined by you though. Ash Miller, a video producer at PlayStation, played through a demo of the game and released what she learned about the character experiences on the PlayStation blog.
The four characters of Gotham Knights all hang out in the Belfry as their headquarters and have core melee and combat abilities, but each character has their own personality, strengths, and fighting styles. Batgirl is a hacker and an excellent one-on-one combat specialist. Redhood has a temper and lots, and lots, of guns. Robin is stealthy and will often hop off of a roof to ambush enemies. Finally, Nightwing is great in groups, bouncing between enemies with quick strikes and providing extra defense to his team.
You can switch your character any time by visiting the Belfry each night if you want to, or you can play the entire game as one character. This ability really opens the game to have four different game experiences. Each character will “possess three unique skill trees they can select powers to upgrade within through AP collected by completing missions.” The branching skill trees let you customize each of the characters to your preferred playing style as you play through. For example, Batgirl has “Justice, Grit, and Oracle, reflective of combat, stamina, and hacking abilities respectively, whereas Red Hood has Marksman, Brawler, and Vengeance for shooting, melee, and damage.”
Combat aside, the Cinematic Director of WB Games Montréal, Wilson Mui, “revealed Gotham Knights’ cinematics are designed with each individual protagonist in mind.” This means that four different versions of each character’s reactions to the world were recorded to provide the most “authentic personality in the moment.” That’s some dedication! Plus, all of the customizations let you work towards your perfect game. You can customize the suit, the skill trees, ways to travel, and how you play through the game. Basically, it will take a while to get tired of this one!
Mitchel Saltzman with IGN is another source that demonstrates the game’s complexity by actually walking you through the complicated storytelling and abilities-focused combat that he experienced while playing a four-part demo. He spells out how the enjoyability of the game is all about the progression of skills and interactions, so the full effect of working up a skill tree was lost in the demo. Each character will have their own storyline too with the character interactions adding depth as they work together and voice their pasts. This experience supports the assertion that Gotham Knights is a multiplay game that will keep you engaged.
Harley Quinn will also have her moment in the game as she becomes one of the big bosses you will have to take on. The game will set up villains by forcing you to extract clues from petty crimes. Once you mop up some of the easy targets, you’ll gain clues that will take you to the boss battle to thwart their diabolical plan. You’ll get to see Harley at Blackgate Penitentiary, thriving in chaos as usual.
You don’t have to wait too much longer for Gothan Knights, as the release date is October 21, 2022. Don’t forget to add the game to your wishlist or preorder to play as soon as you can!