Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Games have today announced a delay in the release schedule of their upcoming action-adventure superhero video game Batman: Arkham Knight. Picking up where the latter developer's critically applauded 2011 title Batman: Arkham City left off, the fourth instalment will mark Rocksteady's final venture into the realm of the Caped Crusader and will introduce a deadly new antagonist (who, incidentally, gives the product its sub-title).
Every black or very-dark-grey cloud has a silver (or at least a lighter shade of grey) lining, of course, and in this case, the saving grace of what would otherwise be a downbeat announcement is that we've received a fresh game-play trailer (below). It showcases the Batmobile (a vehicle which players have not been able to control until now)'s Battle Mode, an in-built technological system which transforms the traditionally sleek car into an armour-cloaked tank more along the lines of what we've seen in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, and one that boasts an impressive arsenal with weapons including a Missile Barrage and a Vulcan Gun (no sign of Spock though, sadly!).
With Assassin's Creed: Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Super Smash Bros for Wii U and countless other big-budget titles all currently set to ship to our shores before the year's end, we couldn't support Rocksteady's tough choice more, especially since it may well mean the difference between Knight becoming just another mediocre Origins-esque effort or a Game of the Year contender. Stay tuned for more gameplay footage as we enter E3 2014 next week...
Batman: Arkham Knight will launch its disc-shaped Batarangs onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2015.