Batman: New Arkham series game coming on PS5 & Xbox Series X?
It has been five long years of waiting, but a fresh Gotham game seems to be on its way.
The Batman Arkham series is one of the most beloved single-player franchises of the century.
Arkham Asylum, first released on PS3 & Xbox 360, got a massive 92 on Metacritic and the series kept pushing out amazing games.
But it has been nearly five years since Arkham Knight arrived and blew our minds.
The winding story, excellent voice acting, side quests, and combat has been hard to reproduce.
Some games, like 2018’s Spider-Man, have tried to fill the void, but there is something primeval about owning the night in the cape and cowl of Batman.
Batman Arkham reboot?
The last game ended with the seeming death of Bruce Wayne after an explosion at Wayne Manor, but if there is one thing we know about superheroes, it’s that no one stays dead forever.
So a new game is likely to be a reboot of the series.
The popularity and success of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie is an indication that the arch-villain would need to be central to the plot of any new game.
Voice actor Mark Hamill has always been lauded for his portrayal of the unhinged criminal, and a return from him would let fans know just how serious the new game is.
But is that likely?
The Court of Owls
WB Montreal, one of the developers behind the Arkham series, has been dropping hints on twitter lately about the mysterious group “The Court of Owls”.
They are not a well-known Batman enemy but have been embedded within Gotham for centuries, overseeing and controlling the city from the shadows.
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With a band of assassins called Talons to take care of any unwanted elements, they would certainly pose a serious threat and open up a huge amount of gameplay options for a new AAA title.
Fans would certainly be disappointed to not do battle with The Joker or Penguin again, but given the quality of the previous series it would be foolish not to give WB Montreal & co the benefit of the doubt.
When are we likely to hear more?
With Sony’s PS5 launch event rumoured to take place soon we could certainly hear about a potential Batman launch title within weeks.
However, a more likely date to circle for news is E3 2020 in early June. With all eyes in the gaming world turned to Los Angeles it would be the perfect time to unleash The Bat with a trailer and release date.
Either way, the next Batman game is guaranteed to drop on next-gen consoles when it does finally arrive. And we can’t wait.