Online superhero co-op action game Gotham Knights takes place in an open world. And as with all recent open world games, people are wondering: how big is the map anyway? Ignoring that this is a pointless piece of information – both large and small maps can work if what’s on them is good and interesting – the developers at WB Montreal recently discussed the size of their Gotham City. Apparently it is the largest version of the famous Batman location ever seen in a game. I am both excited and very tired.
In a new interview with Game Informer† Gotham KnightsExecutive producer Fleur Marty and director Geoff Ellenor answered several questions about the upcoming superhero game, including sharing that Gotham City is “pretty big” in this new DC adventure.
“I haven’t put one map over the other, but our Gotham is a big place,” Ellenor said Game informant. “I tend to spend a lot of my Zoom conversations on the Batcyle that drives through Gotham. It’s one of the fastest and most relaxed ways to get around the city. It feels like a big place.”
Executive producer Marty went on to explain that the city has “a lot of layers” and that the team cared deeply about making sure its version of Gotham City had a lot of “density and verticality.”
“It’s definitely the biggest version of Gotham represented in video games,” Marty claimed.
He also described the Batcycle as the game’s primary “long-haul means of transportation.” So while you’re running and sliding and… ghost hop(?) across the rooftops of Gotham during missions, in between missions, you’ll probably spend a lot of time driving through the city streets, probably without following the traffic laws too not.
The idea of a huge Gotham City sounds exciting for a co-op game like Gotham Knights. Having a shared world that is big, compact and full of details that I can spend hours exploring with friends could be fantastic. However, if that content is boring or the map is mostly empty or filled with boring side missions, the large size could end up being a disadvantage, more than an advantage.
First announced in 2020 with a release in 2021 and then postponed to March 2021† Gotham Knights looks rough and may need more time. But if the fight is only half as fun as the Arkham games, I see myself having a good time in this massive version of Gotham City. Naturally, I also much prefer a new single player Arkham game instead†
Still I’m hopeful about it Gotham Knightsa game that, thanks to other delays, is quietly one of the biggest next-gen releases of 2022† At the very least, maybe the Batcycles are fun to ride.
Gotham Knights launches on October 25 for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S. It also has nothing to do with the awful looking CW show†