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Gotham Knights fight the Court of Owls this October

Fans of DC comics and superheroes will have at least one game they can look forward to this year. Gotham Knights, a co-op-focused game that leaves out Batman himself, finally has an October 25 release date.

Gotham will always need its heroes. Suit up for an all-new adventure on 10.25.22. #GothamKnights pic.twitter.com/d7oV2LbcT8

— Gotham Knights (@GothamKnights) March 9, 2022

Gotham Knights‘ release date was announced somewhat unceremoniously via a post on the game’s Twitter account. The post simply reads: “Gotham will always need its heroes,” before revealing Gotham Knights‘ long-awaited launch date.

Gotham Knights takes place in a world where the Bat has (supposedly) died, leaving his stalwart sidekicks — Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood — to take on one of the franchise’s most threatening criminal organizations, the mysterious Court of Owls. Gotham Knights will also differ largely from previous Batman games in ways other than leaving the Bat out of the picture. The game takes an RPG approach to the franchise, giving players and enemies different levels. Leveled gear will likely also be part of the game, giving players a reason to beat bosses multiple times.

In terms of DC games, Gotham Knights is likely all fans will be getting this year. Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad, the only other DC game we know of, was recently delayed to 2023. However, Gotham Knights’ October release date was written on the wall. In a post on Twitter this past January, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said that the game, along with Hogwarts Legacy, were both going to release this year. Hogwarts Legacy‘s release date has not been announced.

If fans of Batman are craving some new Bat media before October, they’ll have to go watch the new movie The Batman.

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Gotham Knights lives up to Batman’s legacy much better than I expected
Nightwing prepares to fight enemies in Gotham Knights.

Like the Bat Family itself, Gotham Knights has the tall task of stepping into its predecessor's shoes. The Batman: Arkham games are considered some of the best superhero video games ever made and have gone on to influence countless other titles with their stories, world design, and combat. No matter who developed Gotham Knights, following those games up in a brand-new game in a different universe with changed combat mechanics and without Batman was going to be a tall order. As WB Games Montreal also hasn’t put out a game in nine years, this game is also the studio’s big chance to prove itself during a time when WB Discovery is going through heavy restructuring.
The cards are stacked against Gotham Knights, and early bits of gameplay highlighting significant changes to gameplay and incorporation of RPG mechanics seemed a bit questionable in the wake of the lackluster Marvel’s Avengers. Thankfully, after going hands-on with Gotham Knights for about two hours, the experience is shaping up to be an enjoyable superhero romp, even if it doesn't end up being quite as groundbreaking as the likes of Batman: Arkham Asylum was 13 years ago.
The Bat Family's feuds 
My Gotham Knights demo took me across four different parts of the game and allowed me to go hands-on with all four playable characters. To start, I took control of Nightwing as he investigated the death of Kirk Langstrom and is surprised by the sloppy work of the cops and the appearance of The Freaks, one of the gangs that roam Gotham in the wake of Batman’s death. This part of the game allowed me to get used to the investigation mechanics -- which have players scanning clues in the environment -- as well as combat. Nightwing felt like the most standard of the four characters, although this may be because I controlled him during an early, tutorial-heavy section of the game. 

Instead of the Batman: Arkham series’ highly influential single attack and counter system, Gotham Knights opts for more complicated combat that involves light and heavy attacks of the melee and ranged variety. Instead of dodging, players can counter. This might take some getting used to for longtime superhero games fans, but it works well enough as the fundamental backbone of combat. Players can also use special "momentum abilities" to deal extra damage, reminiscent of the Flow system in the latest Saints Row. After that, I jumped forward in the story and into Robin's shoes.
That mantle still belongs to Tim Drake in this game, which I appreciate as an early 2000s comics reader. I snuck into Blackgate Penitentiary to get intel from Harley Quinn, who winds up sending Robin on a wild goose chase of fighting enemies and gathering intel to get a book of leads Harley gathered for Batman. Tim’s a more stealth-focused character, although I didn’t find sneaking to ever be too effective during my time with Gotham Knights as enemies are clustered together and aerial takedown opportunities weren’t as common. Hopefully, other sections of the game are better tailored to that playstyle. 
Harley ultimately escaped, so next it was time for me to explore the open world and complete challenges connected to taking down Harley Quinn. I chose Red Hood for this task, who stands out as the most distinct (and my current favorite) character in the game. He uses mystical powers granted to him by the Lazurus Pit to jump around the skies of Gotham and is very effective at mowing down enemies with heavy hitter (but nonlethal) guns. Hopping around Gotham as Red Hood feels very distinct to this game. Gotham Knights' open-world exploration and crime-busting also feel more natural and enjoyable as a single-player experience than the War Zones in Marvel’s Avengers.
Gotham Knights - Official Red Hood Character Trailer
The Harley Quinn-related challenges are heightened versions of these dynamic open-world events, like one where I had to save three hostages strapped to bombs at a concert held by The Freaks. These types of missions will probably be the meat-and-bones of the Gotham Knights experience, and while they are not necessarily anything new to the genre, I didn’t have any major problems with them. After spending some time in the open world, it was time to jump forward later in the game so I could take down Harley Quinn.
Batgirl v. Harley: Dawn of Gotham Knights 
By this point in the game, Harley Quinn has enslaved many Gotham residents with a mind-control drug. Batgirl and Renee Montoya show up at Gotham’s hospital to take her down. I slowly made my way through room after room of enemies as Batgirl, taking them down with special momentum abilities that oftentimes electrified her opponents. Eventually, I made it to the showdown with Harley Quinn, who swings a heavy hammer that deals lots of damage if you don’t dodge properly.
This boss fight was probably my least favorite part of the demo, as my hits felt like they had little impact, and it was a bit too repetitive. Still, other bosses like Clayface have the potential to be much more exciting, and I hope there are some surprise bosses and scenarios that we don’t even know about yet. Still, I have a good idea of how the final game will be after going hands-on with Gotham Knights for this long, with the exception of two things: the gear system and co-op.

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Gamescom, the biggest gaming event in Europe, is here once again. Alongside it, we got another reveal-filled livestream organized by Geoff Keighley, the man behind Summer Game Fest Kickoff and The Game Awards. As the final big gaming showcase of the summer, Gamescom Opening Night Live gave developers another opportunity to highlight games they will release throughout the rest of 2022 and into early 2023.
Thanks to leaks and teases from Geoff Keighley, we knew a lot of what will show up at Gamescom Opening Night Live. We saw new footage of The Callisto Protocol, Hogwarts Legacy, High On Life, Gotham Knights, and more, and got official announcements for the new version of Dead Island 2 and the release date for Sonic Frontiers. There were still some fun surprises, though. As such, you should check out this list of every game announced during the Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 showcase. 
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Dune Awakening announced by Funcom
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Lords of the Fallen 2 reemerges as The Lords of the Fallen
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This year's Gamescom Opening Night Live was good for a game stuck in development hell. The Lords of the Fallen is a follow-up to a 2014 Soulslike that was announced then but stuck in development hell ever since. The new trailer narrated by Stranger Things' Joseph Quinn reintroduces us to the series' universe and confirms that The Lords of the Fallen is in active development for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.
New Tales from the Borderlands is coming much sooner than you think
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2K and Gearbox unveiled New Tales from the Borderlands, and it's out in less than two months! The narrative adventure game set in the Borderlands universe is a successor to one of Telltale's best titles and features a new cast of characters for players to get acquainted with and make choices for. It clearly has Borderlands' trademark style and humor, and we won't have to wait long to see it all in action. New Tales from the Borderlands launches for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch on October 21.
Sonic Frontiers will actually come out this year
Sonic Frontiers - Story Trailer
While divisive early looks at gameplay made some fans doubt whether or not Sonic Frontiers would release this year, we learned at Gamescom Opening Night Live that it will. A brand new trailer for the game was shown off that confirmed the leaked November 8 release date, which puts the game up against Skull & Bones and God of War: Ragnarok. At launch, Sonic Frontiers will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space is getting a multiplayer game
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Former Bethesda and Obsidian devs announce a new studio and game
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Former Bethesda Game Studios developer Jeff Gardiner showed up to Gamescom Opening Night Live to unveil Something Wicked Games. This is a brand new studio made up of former Bethesda and Obsidian Entertainment RPGs, and they are making a brand new game called Wyrdsong. Wyrdsong is an occult RPG set in medieval Portugal. While it seems like the game won't be released for a while, Wyrdsong certainly has an intriguing and spooky reveal trailer. If you want to learn more about the game, Jeff Gardiner revealed a lot of new details about Wyrdsong in an interview with Digital Trends.
Dead Island 2 rises from the dead next February
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Everything else

A developer diary and reveal trailer shared the first details of Everywhere. 
PlayStation unveiled the DualSense Edge, a customizable PS5 controller. 
The Callisto Protocol got new gory gameplay and affirmed its December 2 release.
Moving Out 2 was announced with a 2023 release window.
Hogwarts Legacy's new trailer shows off the dangers (and the power) of dark magic.
We got a first look at the Dying Light 2: Bloody Ties expansion and its deadly arena combat. It launches on October 13.
Tortuga: A Pirate's Tale announced. 
Marauders' early access release was confirmed for October 2022.
Destiny 2: Lightfall's cinematic trailer was shown off. 
Parallel Studio and Quantic Dream unveiled the narrative game Under the Waves.
Goat Simulator 3 received a gameplay trailer highlighting co-op, customization, and the chaos players can create. It launches on November 17. 
Return to Monkey Island got a September 19 release date.
Unknown Worlds and Brandon Sanderson unveiled Moonbreaker, a new sci-fi video game inspired by turn-based tabletop games. It enters early access on September 29.
Friends vs. Friends, a card-based shooter, was revealed with a colorfully animated trailer. 
Soulslike Lies of P got a new trailer and was confirmed to be a day one Xbox Game Pass title when it launches in 2023. 
Haemimont Games revealed Stranded: Alien Dawn, which launches into early access in October 2022. 
Focus Entertainment and Deck13 unveiled a new sci-fi IP called Atlas Fallen, coming to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S in 2023.
Homeworld 3 got a new gameplay trailer.
We got a look at what is coming to Genshin Impact as part of the 3.0 update. 
Honkai Star Rail got a new trailer that teased more of the game's story.
High on Life's latest trailer showed off the kooky weapons in action during a boss fight.
Oculus Quest 2 and Level Infinite's game lineup got ads.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker's PS5 and Xbox Series X ports got a September 20 release date.
Xbox Game Pass for PC released a sizzle reel highlighting available games.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series got a dev diary showcasing some traversal gameplay. It launches in Summer 2023. 
Scars Above got a new trailer.
Age of Empires IV gets the Ottomans and Malians on October 25.
Gotham Knights' new trailer showed some new villains and confirmed that the game will now release on October 21.
Where Winds Meet was revealed. 
Hideo Kojima will release a podcast on Spotify this September. It'll be in both English and Japanese, and the first episode drops on September 8. 
Park Beyond got a new trailer, and a 2023 release for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S release was confirmed. 
Keighley showed off a concept car inspired by Pokemon. 
Warhammer 40K: Darktide got a gameplay overview trailer.
Focus Entertainment released a new trailer for the Baba Yaga game Blacktail, which will launch for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S this Winter. 
All In! Games revealed Phantom Hellcat, a Nier-inspired action game coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
CrossfireX got a new update that addresses many issues that players have with the game and adds new content.
Dorfromantik comes to Nintendo Switch on September 29.
The Outlast Trials will have a closed beta from October 28 until November 1. 
Embark Studios released a teaser trailer for its multiplayer shooter The Finals, which will get a full reveal in September. 

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