Today Rocksteady Games and Warner Bros. have announced the next game in the extremely popular and critically acclaimed Batman Arkham series. Batman: Arkham Knight will launch later this year, and will serve as the conclusion to the trilogy encompassing Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
Arkham Knight sees development duties return to Rocksteady, who produced the first two games in the series; as opposed to Warner Bros. Games Montréal, who worked on the series' prequel Batman: Arkham Origins. This news should please many Arkham fans, who generally felt Warner Bros. in house studio wasn't as competent at creating an Arkham game.
For the first time in Arkham games, you'll be able to drive the Batmobile around the streets of a much larger Gotham City, with streets wide enough to make the Batmobile a useful form of transportation. Villains you'll encounter include Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn.
Batman: Arkham Knight will launch October 14th on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Rocksteady co-founder and game director Sefton Hill stated in an interview that developing for 'next-gen' platforms has "allowed us to bring to life the design elements that we envisioned from the beginning such as the Batmobile and how it augments Batman’s abilities, to the fully detailed and realized Gotham City."
He went on to say that "we kind of feel like this is the natural end to the story. We want to kind of go out in style." To get a preview of just how the game might go out in style, check out the announce trailer below, and expect more info about Arkham Knight in next month's Game Informer.
Watch Dogs was originally scheduled for release alongside the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One late last year. The project was ultimately postponed a month before the consoles hit store shelves and has been in a state of unknown ever since.
Ubisoft has recently confirmed the game will finally arrive on May 27 after a trailer leaked out ahead of the announcement. The game will launch on that date on the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. No word yet on when the Wii U version will be ready, however.
A lot of PC gamers still like to use a controller from time to time and with the Xbox 360 controller being incredibly popular amongst gamers, many were disappointed when a rumour suggested that the Xbox One controller was going to be incompatible with the PC. Fortunately though, the rumours aren’t true, Microsoft’s improved Xbox One controller will be compatible with the PC platform, we’ve just got to wait for the driver to release.
Rumours that Microsoft was going to lock the PC platform out of the controller in order to sell a PC only version started spreading when OXM reported on an article published by Next In Gaming, causing Microsoft’s Director of Product Management, Albert Penello, to get himself on NEOGaf and debunk the claims:
“This is 100% wrong. When the drivers become available, they will work with the existing controllers. There is no plan to do a new, separate controller that only works on Windows. It will be the same as it is on Xbox 360 – the Xbox One controller you have today will work. That’s not to say that we may not ship also PC SKU of the Xbox One controller, much like we do on Xbox 360.”
Later in the thread, when someone wondered if a separate dongle would be required for compatibility, Penello said: “The controller (in wired mode) will work as-is. How wireless will/could work is TBD. There are some options we are looking at.”
The compatibility driver is due to release this year and Penello gave no further updates, although he did say that once the driver goes live, he will explain the hold up.
Watch Dogs has a lot to live up to, it’s a brand new IP that has been riding the hype train since 2012 and now that it is finally coming out, it has to meet the expectations of gamers. While some games may suffer from being short on content, Creative Director, Jonathan Morin, has assured us that this game is no slouch as it will feature a 35-40 hour long story with closer to 100 hours worth of content for the true completionists.
The news broke on Twitter when user ‘@vytla102 ‘ asked Morin how long the game’s story mode would be, the Creative Director then replied, saying: “I would say the average player which does free roam a bit tend to reach the end within 35-40h. But doing everything is close 100h.”
Watch Dogs is due to hit shelves on the 27th of May on all platforms with the exception of the Wii U, which will have its version of the game come later in the year. For those of you looking for a game that’s going to last you a while then this might just be the one. The long story coupled with the huge world and multiplayer options should keep people interested in Watch Dogs for quite some time after release.