This coming June, the final installment in the Batman: Arkham series will come to a highly anticipated conclusion with Batman Arkham Knight. Rocksteady has been the studio behind the massively popular series thus far, and they hope to deliver the righteous end the Arkham series deserves.
Batman Arkham Knight is setting up to be the biggest game in the franchise, but it’s not all about size and scale. Rocksteady is making sure to add nuance, subtlety and depth to the characters that have helped bring these games to life.
Gordon, Oracle and Batman all have an interesting relationship, with secrets and ambiguity being strong dynamics. In a recent interview, Martin Lancaster, who is the lead scriptwriter on Arkham Knight, talked about how the relationships between these three will progress in Batman Arkham Knight.
“The great thing about writing for Gordon in Arkham Knight is we have this dynamic of character relationships between Gordon, his daughter Barbara, who works for Batman as Oracle, [and Batman]. There’s an interesting triangular relationship there. There’s deceit and deception, obviously Gordon is one of Batman’s oldest allies, but there is this secret between them. Batman has been working with Oracle for sometime and that’ll come to a head in Arkham Knight,” Lancaster said.
For any writer, it’s important to provide conclusions, pay-offs and justice for long-term relationships in a story. Tying off loose ends could be a major theme of Arkham Knight and players should be ready for some twists and turns.
Motion capture has become such a common piece of technology used in AAA games. Not only does it provide greater detail and insight into a game’s scenes, but it allows deeper stories to be told. Adam Vincent, who is the senior animator on Arkham Knight, talked about the benefits motion-capture provides for the developers at Rocksteady.
“One of the great things about Rocksteady is we’ve got our own in-house mo-cap studio, which means we can shoot and direct shots like this. We can get direct feedback and put Batman in the suit. I could be in this mo-cap suit, put me on a rig and run around as Batman. It’s a really good tool,” Vincent said.
The Batman Arkham series began back in 2009 with Batman Arkham Asylum and here we are in 2015 about to see the bittersweet ending. Rocksteady and Warner Bros. are setting up to release Batman Arkham Knight on June 23, and it will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.