Gotham Knights creative director Patrick Redding and senior producer Fleur Marty recently sat down with Game Informer for an interview. They discussed a bunch of topics surrounding the game. However, the one that caught my eye was how they’re differentiating this game from the Arkham Series.
Gotham Knights Senior Producer Differentiates The Game From The Arkham Series
“First and foremost, this is not a Batman story or game. This is about four really distinct characters that each have their own unique playstyles, personalities, and abilities. It’s really about taking them from the start and growing them into dark knights,” said Marty.
She also highlighted a key structural difference between Gotham Knights and the Arkham games. The Arkham games, traditionally, take place over the course of a single night in Batman’s life. Gotham Knights, however, doesn’t follow that formula. “This is a vast open world city and it takes places over many nights of crime-fighting” she said.
Gotham City’s Design Is Also Different From The Arkham Games
Redding then spoke about how they approached the design of this open world. ” What we wanted to do is have a whole city. It has five distinct boroughs, each of which has their own sub-neighborhoods and districts,” he said.
He then mentioned that different parts of their take on Gotham City will have different architecture. This variety isn’t just skin-deep, though. They want to incorporate storytelling into every nook and cranny of the city. One of their motivations to do this is due to the fact that the Court Of Owls are the game’s antagonists.
The Court Of Owls’ Presence Is One Of The Factors Behind These Differences
For those of you who don’t know, the Court Of Owls is a secret society of Gotham’s richest, most corrupt citizens. Their ancestors were around back when this city was created. Their presence is also the reason why Gotham is in the state that it is. “Our neighborhoods reflect different influences, and the role that different families have played,” Redding said.
All of this sounds really cool. As a Batman fan, as well as a fan of the Court Of Owls, this does increase my interest in this game.