Since its release in June, Batman: Arkham Knight has earned critical acclaim and successfully showcased the amazing possibilities of next-gen hardware. The finale in developer Rocksteady's Arkham trilogy once again puts players in control of the Dark Knight, this time battling Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight to save Gotham City and the rest of the world.
Boasting a lengthy campaign as well as a number of challenges to keep players firmly entrenched in Gotham, Arkham Knight is the largest Arkham game to date. This was extended even further last month with the release of the game's first expansion, A Matter of Family, putting players in control of Batgirl for the first time in the series. The DLC was generally well received, building excitement for future expansions.
Today (August 18th) saw the release of the 1989 Movie Batmobile Pack, the latest batch of DLC for Arkham Knight based on Tim Burton's Batman films. You can watch the official trailer above. The pack includes the classic Batmobile and Batsuit as depicted in those films, as well as two custom race tracks, one based on 1989's Batman and the other based on its sequel, Batman Returns.
With the release of the 1989 pack came news of September's DLC releases, detailed below:
- The 2008 Tumbler pack - featuring a Batmobile skin based on 2008's The Dark Knight with two custom tracks based on that universe.
- The Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #1 - featuring six new A.R. challenges for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman. The challenge pack will include both combat and predator scenarios for the characters.
- GCPD Lockdown - Set after the events of Arkham Knight, this DLC pack puts players in control of Nightwing as he tries to prevent Penguin from escaping the GCPD. Details are currently scarce, but the DLC pack is expected to be similar to the previously released Red Hood and Harley Quinn packs. Unfortunately, most fans agree that these packs are far too short.
- Original Arkham Asylum Skin: Relive the first Arkham game by donning the classic costume and exploring Gotham City.
While it's exciting to see the classic Batmobile skin in action, the structure of Batman: Arkham Knight presents a problem for its inclusion. Because of the heavy focus on tank combat throughout the campaign, the 1989 Batmobile skin is confined to the A.R. challenge race tracks for the most part. The exception to this is that if you completely remove the Militia presence from the three islands in the game, you can bring the 1989 Batmobile into the main campaign.
With such a high barrier to entry, it's likely many fans will never have the opportunity to drive around Gotham in the classic skin. The Tumbler skin is much more closely aligned with the Arkham Knight Batmobile, so hopefully Rocksteady won't put any limitations on its use when it launches next month.
The Batman: Arkham Knight Tumbler DLC launches in September 2015.
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