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WB Games and DC reveal the first trailer and gameplay footage from the next Batman game, Gotham Knights.

Developed by WB Games Montréal, Gotham Knights is pitched as an open-world, third-person action RPG, and is notable for, seemingly, not including Batman as a playable character. Instead, players will assume the roles of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin in an adventure that can be played solo or as a two-player, online co-op experience.

The story of Gotham Knights follows the death of Batman and how the four superheroes must step up to protect Gotham City from a cavalcade of familiar adversaries, ne’er-do-wells, and owls. Each hero has their own weapons and abilities. Batgirl has a melee tonfa, while Nightwing wields dual escrima sticks. Robin hits people with his iconic quarterstaff, and Red Hood has to make do with “peak human strength.”

The trailer is reasonable enough, but we stifled a groan when confronted with yet another “If you’re watching this, I’m dead” video. You’re such a cliche, Bruce.

Patrick Redding, creative director on Gotham Knights, also hosted a pre-alpha gameplay walkthrough which shows how the game is firmly following in the footsteps of Rocksteady’s 2015 effort, Batman Arkham Knight. That studio, meanwhile, also released the first trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.

Gotham Knights will be released in 2021 for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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