Online cooperative superhero action game Gotham Knights takes place in an open world. And as with all recent open-world games, people ask: how big is the map? Unaware that this is useless information – large or small maps can work if what’s in them is good and interesting – the developers at WB Montreal recently discussed the size of their Gotham City. Apparently this is the biggest version of Batman’s famous location ever seen in a game. I’m both excited and very tired.
In a new interview with game informant, Gotham KnightsExecutive producer Fleur Marty and director Geoff Ellenor answered a variety of questions about the upcoming superhero game, including sharing that Gotham City is “big enough” in this new DC adventure.
“I haven’t put one card over the other, but our Gotham is a big place,” Ellenor said. Game informant. “I tend to make a lot of my Zoom calls on the Batcyle while driving around Gotham. It’s one of the fastest and coolest ways to get around the city. It looks like a great place.
Executive producer Marty further explained that the city has “a lot of layers” and that the team was very keen on making sure their version of Gotham City had a lot of “density and verticality”.
“It’s definitely the greatest version of Gotham that’s been portrayed in video games,” Marty said.
He also described the Batcycle as the game’s primary “long-range mode of transportation.” So while you run, slide, and… ghost jump (?) across Gotham’s rooftops during missions, between quests, you will probably spend a lot of time driving on city streets, probably not following traffic. neither do laws.
The idea of a massive Gotham City sounds exciting for a co-op game like Gotham Knights. Having a large, dense, detail-filled shared world that I can explore with friends for hours and hours could be fantastic. However, if that content is boring or if the map is mostly empty or filled with boring side quests, the large size might end up being a disadvantage more than a benefit.
First announced in 2020 with a 2021 version then postponed to March 2021, Gotham Knights seems difficult and maybe needs more time. But if the fight is half as fun as the Arkham games, I see myself having a great time in this massive version of Gotham City. Sure, I would also much rather have a new single player mode Arkham game instead.
Still, I’m hopeful Gotham Knightsa game that, thanks to further delays, has quietly become one of biggest next-gen-only releases of 2022. At the very least, maybe Batcycles will be fun to ride.
Gotham Knights Set to launch October 25 on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S. It has nothing to do with the awful CW show, either..