Developer Warner Bros. Games Montreal has given us a new look at the upcoming DC superhero beat ’em up Gotham Knights in an extended gameplay preview. The demo features Nightwing and Red Hood, and comes with the announcement that the game will be a next-gen exclusive.
The 10-minute preview for Gotham Knights focuses on the two playable characters as they appear mid-game, showing off their different fighting styles, traversal abilities, and gadgets. It also previews several types of crimes you’ll encounter in the game, which seem to work like mini-encounters spread across the map.
Nightwing is shown pinching the rooftops of Gotham using a jet-powered flying trapeze (likely as a nod to the character’s circus performer roots), as he hunts down a criminal gang called The Regulators. His fighting style is described as “acrobatic” and certainly looks fluid as he “ping-pongs” the battlefield, spinning between henchmen while performing frantic somersaults.
Red Hood, meanwhile, can leap across the horizon using his Mystical Leap ability, propelling himself forward releasing a blast of “soul energy.” Performing successful attacks and dodges will build up his momentum bar, which can be used to unleash powerful special abilities.
Although Red Hood can perform melee attacks, he seems best suited to ranged combat. Twin handguns allow him to fire non-lethal bullets, and he can attach bombs to enemies before throwing them into crowded fights. Elsewhere in the video, he was seen driving through the streets of Gotham on the Batcycle, which game director Geoff Ellenor says can be used by all Gotham Knights heroes.
The preview also teases some of the customization mechanics you’ll use, including options to build new costumes and gear. You will collect resources by fighting crime and upgrading individual gadgets using mods. The game’s UI can also be customized, although the video doesn’t specify exactly what type of HUD customization is offered.
Check out the gameplay demo below to see more features like the fast-moving Fastbat, Court of Owls, and Gotham Knights stealth gameplay in action.
No last generation version; no four-player co-op
The video also mentions that you can play the entire campaign solo or in two-player co-op. This has been a hot topic recently, as excited fans thought they spotted a leaked Gotham Knights co-op feature on the PSN store. The listing page briefly suggested that it would support online play for up to four players, prompting some players to speculate that the game would support four-player co-op, rather than two-player multiplayer as previously announced.
It turned out to be a red herring, however. PCGamesN was reportedly told by head of games brand Warner Bros. -op tag. It now says the game “only supports up to 2 players online with PS Plus”.
Gotham Knights is set to release on October 25 on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, and is available for pre-order starting today. However, the game will not be released on PS4 or Xbox One, as previously announced.
“In order to provide players with the best gaming experience possible, the game will be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC and will not be available on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles,” Warner Bros. Games Montreal in a press release. .
Bad luck if you haven’t upgraded to the latest console generation yet.