It’s a good news, bad news sort of day for Bat-fans.
The Dark Knight’s next game, the open-world Batman: Arkham Knight for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, has been officially pushed out of 2014 and given a vague 2015 release date. Developer Rocksteady Games, which hit it out of the park with the prior two Arkham games, wants more time to get Arkham Knight up to speed.
“Batman: Arkham Knight is totally awesome,” producer Dax Ginn told reporters in May. “The thing about awesome, though, is awesome takes time.”
That would be the bad news.
On the other hand, a new gameplay trailer released today shows off some of that awesome in the form of a Batmobile that transforms into a tank:
If things get a little too hot, players can engage ‘Battle Mode,’ outfitting the Batmobile with cannons, missiles, and non-lethal suppression rounds (pretty sure those missiles are lethal, though).
The Batmobile’s Battle Mode joins a growing list of interesting new features coming to Arkham Knight. Batman can eject himself out of the Batmobile and soar across Gotham, said to be five times bigger than the version in Arkham City. He’s got loads of new moves and gadgetry and even a new nemesis in the eponymous Arkham Knight, developed in conjunction with D.C. Comics specifically for the game. Though the Arkham Knight technically works alongside The Scarecrow, he commands a vast military force — and as seen in the recently released gameplay trailer, is quite the match for the Caped Crusader.
Gamers miffed that it’s been pushed back can take solace in the kid-friendly arms of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, which at the moment is still due out this fall.
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