WB Games Montreal — the studio behind prequel sport Batman: Arkham Origins — has been teasing gamers lately with clues that seem to level to a brand new Batman online game. It has been almost 5 years because the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight, with solely Arkham VR to tide followers over. A tweet ordering followers to “Capture the Knight” in September 2019 was adopted by one other in January 2020 with the identical message, and all indicators level to a different Batman sport being in improvement.
What that being the case, we started questioning: What ought to go within the subsequent Batman sport, and what shouldn’t go in it? Here is what we’re hoping to see and never see within the subsequent Batman sport from Warner Bros.
Get rid of the Joker
This is a reasonably important part — or lack thereof — contemplating how the Batman: Arkham sequence had progressed over time. Despite the Joker dying in 2011’s Batman: Arkham City, he appeared as a hallucination to Bruce Wayne over the course of Arkham Knight. He additionally emerged because the true villain behind the occasions of Arkham Origins fairly than Black Mask. What was alleged to elicit shocks was as an alternative met with groans.
Batman has different enemies who will be the star of the present, and the subsequent sport could be higher if it didn’t embody the Joker in any respect. There is nothing left for that character to do on this sport’s universe, apart from hog the highlight.
Better Detective Mode
The Detective Mode investigations have been a staple of the sequence since Arkham Asylum, and so they assist to interrupt up the motion that’s in any other case closely targeted on traversal, stealth, and beat-‘em-up fight.
However, extra may very well be performed to make this mode participating than rewinding time and analyzing trails of blood. Incorporating parts of L.A. Noire, akin to viewing objects from a number of angles and interrogating dangerous guys with a number of choices, might assist to make you actually really feel just like the world’s best detective.
Keep the fight system
Batman: Arkham Asylum’s glorious fight system targeted closely on counterattacking and managing giant teams of enemies with evasive maneuvers, and its model was copied by a number of different Warner Bros. video games, together with Mad Max and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. As different franchises have began transferring away from this strategy, akin to Assassin’s Creed, it may very well be tempting to do the identical for Batman.
But this could be a mistake. The Arkham video games’ concentrate on acrobatic maneuvers and beating up a dozen low-level goons at a time made you actually really feel like a martial arts mater. Getting rid of this for roleplaying mechanics or Souls-style stamina administration means not having the ability to re-create that feeling.
Let us discover exterior Gotham
We’ve been restricted to totally different areas of Gotham City itself for the Arkham sequence so far, and whereas that has nonetheless led to diversified environments due to the video games’ totally different buildings, it’s nonetheless technically the identical metropolis. We wouldn’t need to depart Gotham for the whole thing of a Batman sport, however why not make issues a bit of extra fascinating by heading to Metropolis, Blüdhaven, or Smallville?
We might make issues even crazier, too. DC Comics is not any stranger to tales set in outer area. Could Batman’s mission take him aboard a shuttle or an area station with the intention to get rid of a plotting enemy? We don’t see why it couldn’t occur!
Include playable villains
Rocksteady GamesWe’ve gotten to play as Catwoman and a handful of different villainous or anti-hero characters so far within the sequence, however we’d love a bit of the brand new Batman sport to incorporate the flexibility to play as true villains inflicting chaos in Gotham. It actually seems that WB Montreal is engaged on a Court of Owls sport, which might imply enjoying as characters who aren’t as well-known among the many mainstream viewers.
There’s nothing fallacious with that, nonetheless – did the typical moviegoer know who the Guardians of the Galaxy had been earlier than the Marvel movie launch? No, and that didn’t cease it from being a smash-hit with almost everybody.
Release on next-generation techniques solely
The Batman: Arkham video games had been technical powerhouses after they launched, with the notable exception of WB Montreal’s personal Arkham Origins, because it got here out for Xbox 360 and PS3 simply weeks earlier than the Xbox One and PS4 had been set to launch. It wasn’t a bad-looking sport, however it seemingly would have been far more spectacular had it been launched for the newer techniques.
Warner Bros. clearly desires to draw as giant an viewers as attainable, however it ought to launch the video games solely on Xbox Series X and PS5, alongside PC, with the intention to ship essentially the most spectacular expertise attainable. That not solely means increased decision and crisper visuals, however a smoother framerate and extra interactive environments.
Keep the world an affordable measurement
The energy of next-generation techniques might imply a a lot bigger sport world. That could be a mistake. The Batman: Arkham video games aren’t the most important round, however they make good use of the area within the metropolis and are diversified sufficient to be thrilling from the start of the story to the top. Making the world greater for the sake of constructing it greater would solely create frustration in getting from level to level, doubtlessly ruining the pacing.
Instead, if it had been to concentrate on a couple of totally different areas, akin to Gotham and Metropolis, this downside would seemingly handle itself. Just as a result of Assassin’s Creed and Ghost Recon can by no means be glad with their worlds doesn’t imply Batman has to undergo the identical destiny.
Let everybody expertise the ultimate ending
Batman: Arkham Knight featured some storytelling points and a few tough edges, however its principal downside was the way it approached the sport’s “true” ending. In order to see what occurred to Bruce Wayne, albeit in an ambiguous means, you need to full each single Riddler puzzle. It can take dozens of hours after you’ve crushed the primary storyline.
No one likes that. It is meant to pad the sport and reward “completionists,” however a trophy or achievement can do the identical factor. Have one ending, presumably with an after-credits sequence, and let everybody who completed the sport see the total story.