Batman's 'really dead' and the Joker won't be in Gotham Knights, says creative director

Gotham Knights - Bruce Wayne
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As part of a fan Q&A at San Diego Comic-Con, WB Games Montréal creative director Patrick Redding said that Batman is "really dead" in Gotham Knights, according to IGN. Really and truly and for real this time, no take-backsies in the final cutscene or anything. Also, the Joker won't be in it, though Redding followed that statement by saying, "I will not confirm or deny whether Harley is". Given that Harley Quinn is practically the face of the DC Universe these days, her appearance wouldn't be too surprising.

Redding gave away one more detail about Gotham Knights: how many of the Riddler's question marks would be scattered across its version of Gotham City. Apparently, there's "exactly one" of them. Sorry, puzzle fans.

Players have reason to be skeptical about pre-release statements made regarding Batman games. Rocksteady claimed the Arkham Knight was "a completely original character", which turned out to not be true, and one game previous said that it wasn't interested in having a playable Bruce Wayne in Arkham City

Of course that was a different developer making games in a different continuity (Gotham Knights doesn't take place in the same version of the DC Universe as the Arkham games, despite the obvious similarities), but WB Games Montréal has some prior form in this vein too. During the hype cycle for Arkham Origins, it talked up Black Mask as a major villain, only to have the Joker steal his thunder and muscle his way into the limelight once again.

A new Gotham Knights character trailer also debuted at SDCC, this one showing off Batgirl. She fights with an electrified tonfa that can be used for a ground-pound, zipline-pulls herself into close attacks, and disables a group of thugs with stun-batarangs. She's got an alternate costume that seems to be more heavily armored than her basic one too, with a cowl that's more like a helmet. 

It looks a lot better than the pointless flips and Red Hood double-jumping with "soul energy" we saw in a gameplay demo back in May, that's for sure. 

Gotham Knights is scheduled for release on October 25. Meanwhile, Rocksteady's Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been delayed to 2023.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.