Detailed BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Footage Description, Plus New Screenshots

Detailed BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Footage Description, Plus New Screenshots

Rocksteady unveiled some exciting new footage from Batman: Arkham Knight at Gamescom, with a massive description of the demo now online - and it sounds extremely positive. Hit the jump to check it out, plus five new hi-res shots from the game.

We haven't heard much on Rocksteady's massively anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight recently, but that's about to change. At Gamescom 2014, the developer debuted some brand-new footage for the game, set to hit PS4, Xbox One and PC early next year. The demo displayed the franchise's acclaimed combat system, some new Batmobile action and concluded with some highly impressive new tricks. Here's a highly detailed break-down, thanks to GamesRadar:

The scene begins with police and Commissioner Gordon standing on a bridge outside the ACE Chemicals Plant. Batman arrives on the scene to hear that there is a skeleton crew inside, but they're not responding. Gordon suspects the Scarecrow is involved. Without warning, a helicopter appears and destroys the bridge outside the plant's main gate, restricting access. It circles and the cops flee. But Batman just calmly walks towards the chopper ad faces it. The camera cuts to the cockpit and we get our first glimpse of The Arkham Knight--an armour-suited humanoid with a resemblance to Batman, including metal ears. He looks a bit like Iron Man, only scarier. And he says it’s "Time to Die".

However, a second voice speaks over the helicopter's intercom--possibly Scarecrow's, and says "your vengeance will come". Armoured vehicles appear and immediately shoot at Bats. "Friend of yours?" asks the commissioner. "Stay here and I'll find out". And so the gameplay begins, as the cut-scene ends behind Batman in the usual third-person view we’ve come to know. The mission instruction is to 'Rescue the ACE Chemicals Workers'. There is a lot of dialogue throughout the demo, and Batman requests a search to get a name so he knows who he's fighting. The match comes back as 'The Arkham Knight'. Funny, I always assumed the title was referring to Batman.

Intel suggests that all of the workers at the plant are carrying a unique ID chip, the codes for which can be gained by hacking a computer terminal within the facility. After a fight on the roof of the facility, Batman manages to hack in (it's so easy, he even makes a point of saying someone should update their security protocols) and then it's time for a gadget.

It is time for the 'Bat-Scanner'. It's a kind of throwing star-shaped weapon, a bit like a Glaive, only smaller, which Batman throws into the sky. It looks like you then get to control its course as you circle the plant from above, scanning it for the signals from the workers' ID chips. Once they're all located (there are 5 of them), Batman pledges to find them. "Let's hope they're still alive".

He chooses one to go after and glide-kicks his way through a window (which goes into slow-motion at the point of contact for a wonderful cinematic entrance) and proceeds to smash up some bad guys inside. One gets electrocuted and another gets the light from the ceiling dropped on his head. The combat is as fluid as ever, but there seem to be more ways to fight than before. There are special combos to unlock and the right-hand side of the screen is awash with suggestions for different, context-sensitive attacks you could perform in each situation.

After clearing the area, Batman calls up a video chat hologram via his right wrist, before deciding it's "time to bring in the car". And so the Batmobile comes into play, switching to the Battle Mode we saw in the E3 presentation. It fires a grapple line at the end of the broken bridge, then reels it in, raising the end and turning it into a ramp high enough to jump the gap made by the helicopter's rockets.

What happens next is pure Batman. The Batmobile goes into Afterburner Mode, revving up on the spot before dashing at speed towards its new ramp. Then, while it's in the air, Batman swoops in and enters the cockpit. It's reminiscent of Legolas mounting a galloping horse in The Lord of the Rings, only even cooler. Then it's into full Battle mode as the Batmobile takes on a room full of the armoured vehicles we saw in the E3 gameplay demo. There's a zoom mode on the gun and the grapple line comes into play again, being used several times to pull down security doors, which fall apart with incredible rubble physics. Needless to say, all of the action so far looks sensational, with burnish on metal and a consistent, dark and foreboding colour palette of blacks, blues and greys, interspersed with sparks of electricity and fires. It's beautiful.

Batman finally locates the first worker, but before he can release him, the room behind a glass panel fills with enemies… and The Arkham Knight. Now you can see his full suit, it's impressive how shiny he is. Gleaming, in fact. And his ears really are like Batman's. "Keep your guns trained," he says to the guards, before addressing Batman: "Don't worry, I fully intend to kill you…" but of course there’s got to be some monologueing, right? You know how these things work.

Batman is unfazed, probably because he can see the Batmobile behind the group. He even says "I'm just wondering which one of you I should take out first". He doesn’t mean to dinner. The Batmobile uses its riot-suppressor attack to shoot one the men, who turn around in confusion. Batman even teams up with the Batmobile to perform a mid-air combo on a soldier reeling from a riot suppressor shot. It’s devastating and the number of potential combos increases.

After the fight (during which the Arkham Knight flees), Batman releases the worker, who explains what he knows of the enemy plan so far. Scarecrow is producing enough of his toxin to release a gas cloud big enough to cover the entire East Coast. "He has a whole friggin' army! We’re screwed, Batman!"

But Batman simply says: "I'll stop him."

Bats then calls Commissioner Gordon to relay the information, telling him (by his first name) to leave because it's too dangerous. But Gordon wants to stay, and tells Batman to bring the criminals in to him. Sounds good to me.

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FordEl - 8/13/2014, 6:15 PM
This game is going to be amazing. I hope the new Batman films have a similar tone to the Arkham franchise.
AlexanderLykins - 8/13/2014, 6:25 PM
If only other heroes got this treatment.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/13/2014, 6:26 PM
MrCBM56 - 8/13/2014, 6:28 PM
I always wanted to ask, @staypuffed, why aren't you a power user?
staypuffed - 8/13/2014, 6:35 PM
I'm honestly not sure. I've messaged different people several different times this year (Big G, who's gone now I think, Nate, Josh and others) about becoming a Trusted but I never get a response. But I don't worry about it. I just try and do good stuff for the site :)

(Having a rough relationship with Josh Wilding may contribute to it)
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 6:35 PM
This alone is worth buying a ps4.
FordEl - 8/13/2014, 6:35 PM

Arkham City seemed more like that in terms of villains taking over stuff but i see Scarecrow taking over Gotham in this too.
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 6:36 PM
@Staypuffed you have a bad relationship with JOSH!? thats unheard of! everyone loves josh! LOL.

I should be a trusted user too! don't you think puffy?
staypuffed - 8/13/2014, 6:40 PM
Uh, no, @DCGuy, I don't think you should.
and that's not me saying "WAH WAH I'M BETTER THAN YOU" but your writing ain't up to a good standard yet, pal.
staypuffed - 8/13/2014, 6:40 PM
or maybe just that standard.
AlexanderLykins - 8/13/2014, 6:41 PM

I've done myself a huge disservice and have never played a game in this series. Was never a big Batman fan. I will likely be picking this one up though.
MrCBM56 - 8/13/2014, 6:42 PM
@staypuffed Ah well. Keep up the good work :D
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 6:43 PM
@Staypuffed LOL every single article on this page has flaws, Including JW ones and he thinks he wrote the bible on Article making eh Mister Puff puffington
staypuffed - 8/13/2014, 6:44 PM
If this looks appealing to you, definitely play the others. They're all fantastic (even Origins, which some people didn't like).
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 6:44 PM
LOL @AlexanderLykins a Marvel fan not playing a great DC game because it's batman based? that's new!
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 6:45 PM
I agree Origins is great too. I loved all the games even more the DLC
Mike89 - 8/13/2014, 6:48 PM
I really like Scarecrows design in this game. He looks pissed. :)

scarecrow arkham knight photo: Scarecrow Arkham Knight ScarecrowAK_zpsc291bf2d.jpg
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 6:49 PM
@Mike89 he looks [frick]ing evil!!!! I love it
AlexanderLykins - 8/13/2014, 6:51 PM
To be fair, I'm still not really a big Batman fan. That doesn't mean I'm not a fan. Reread my comment and you'll understand what I'm saying.
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 6:53 PM
@AlexanderLykins how about we stop reading comments and we get you a copy of the Arkham games!? do you want me to give you the Dog Human Gif treatment bro!? but for real they are great games, multiple side quest and fun shit to do besides story.
AlexanderLykins - 8/13/2014, 6:53 PM
I've watched all of the walkthroughs for the games. They look so darn cool.
AlexanderLykins - 8/13/2014, 6:54 PM
I'll buy them all eventually. I'm going to start with this one though.
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 6:59 PM
@AlexanderLykins...that does not make a lot of sense, not sure if you're american but for less than 100$ you can have all 4 games. theres a combo edition of Arkham Asylum & city that goes for around 20-30$ depends but they are complete editions, and Arkham origins goes for at most 40$ but they also recently released the complete edition so no idea on the price on that one but of course you have to wait more than 6 months for this one to come out so why not buy the first ones now?
staypuffed - 8/13/2014, 7:10 PM
There's a bundle of all three games available on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, and it's quite good value.
AlexanderLykins - 8/13/2014, 7:14 PM

Thanks guy!
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 7:15 PM
@Staypuffed see you and me have the knowledge bro we can be trusted users, I feel like we are so close, like more than brothers like we..are..ONE
thor2273 - 8/13/2014, 7:15 PM
I want a godamm release date!
DCGuy - 8/13/2014, 7:21 PM
@AlexanderLykins no problem that's why I'm a DC fan to help out the rest of the community ! hand on...Zack's calling LOL
DarthCMPunk - 8/13/2014, 7:29 PM
Can no one recognize who's voicing Arkham Knight when they play it? Lol
MrBlackJack - 8/14/2014, 12:18 AM

McGee - 8/14/2014, 12:24 AM
Whippet - 8/14/2014, 12:34 AM
Huge Batman fan and loved all of the Arkham games. This looks awesome.

Just hope this takes every advantage of the ps4 capabilities, cause I'm not seeing a massive leap with other games since launch. The Ps4 game roster still looks a bit crap to me.
BabyBaboons - 8/14/2014, 12:35 AM
10 Bucks that this will have a surprise appearance by the Joker at the end.
Earthbound - 8/14/2014, 12:40 AM
I want this game so badly
Earthbound - 8/14/2014, 12:41 AM

Dude, I was just arguing that exact same point over at another website. I literally said what you said. lol
Darktower - 8/14/2014, 12:49 AM
My pc has been able to run all the Arkham games smoothly, this one looks incredibly HD from the rest. think I might need to upgrade for this one...
MrChuff - 8/14/2014, 1:04 AM
That suit is getting too busy.
They need to pull back on the design a bit coz Bats I getting too bulky to be effective.
KryptonianWarrior - 8/14/2014, 1:22 AM
Does this game have an official release date yet? I know that Kevin Conroy said in an interview that it was coming out in January. Then I read another article that said February. I would love to have it back in it's old release date, but I would rather have a better quality game and wait a few months than to have a great game like Arkham Origins and it be riddled (get it?) with glitches/lag.
Doopie - 8/14/2014, 4:00 AM
Sounds wonderful, can't wait!
Klone - 8/14/2014, 4:57 AM
Scarecrow's appearance in this game is probably the best design the character has ever had.
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