Gotham Knights isn't set in the Arkham universe, nor does it star Batman, but apparently we can expect it to lean into the "detective" part of DC's moniker. In a new interview, WB Montreal creative director Patrick Redding dives into some specifics on how Gotham Knights plays, and it sounds like the game has more than some bad guy beatdowns in store for us.
First and foremost, it's clear from Redding's chat with the Official PlayStation Blog that the gameplay debut we saw at DC FanDome is a pretty narrow slice of how Gotham Knights works. In the video, it's explained to us that it's part of a "Villain Crime" mission, set halfway through Mr. Freeze's storyline. What follows is seven minutes of Batgirl and Robin taking down henchmen, traversing an icy citadel, and facing off with Mr. Freeze.
Villain Crimes, Redding confirms, are actually more like a questline that plays out over a few nights; they're really "a series of encounters where the player has to do a certain amount of legwork and detective work to hunt down the villain at the next major confrontation." While that doesn't necessarily mean we should anticipate an Arkham-like Detective Mode, it suggests that missions to track down foes like Freeze should have some more variety than what we saw in that gameplay demo.
On top of that, Redding's comments about big-bad villains like Freeze keeping pace with players as they level up make more sense knowing that Villain Crimes are multi-night affairs. Some folks have concerns about the level scaling in Gotham Knights, especially as it concerns ordinary enemies, but it makes sense to have Mr. Freeze and other marquee villains climb in power if we're going to be fighting them multiple times throughout their arcs.
We'll have to wait until 2021 to find out for ourselves if the Villain Crimes in Gotham Knights really scratch that sleuthing superhero itch. It's slated to come out for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X next year. With Warner Bros. Interactive seemingly not lined up for a sale anymore, hopefully the publisher will peel the curtain back on Gotham Knights more in the near future.