Gotham Knights, In Batman’s Shadow –

The Masked Ranger isn’t anymore: framing the next action game set in the Batman universe, the folks at WB Games, in action Gotham KnightsThe famous billionaire was killed. Meet Fleur Marty, Executive Producer, who is working on this interesting title.

Curious, because in addition to leaving the traditional framework of the Arkham series, for example, in which the player dresses up as Bruce Wayne, the dramatic death of the latter allows the Court of Owls, a mysterious organization, to take more and more space in Gotham …

In the interview, Mrs. Marty laughs a little when she is asked to explain what will happen in the game. “I will try to talk about it, but without giving too much spoilers. But the starting point of the game is the death of Bruce Wayne, the death of Batman. And it’s a starting point that interests us a lot, because it allows us to see what happens, from that moment on, along with the Batman family, with our four heroes, Batgirl, Robin, Redhood and Nightwing, who have all been under Batman’s wing… How do they react to his disappearance? How will they try to reclaim his role as Gotham’s protector? “, as you say.

According to Ms. Marty, this new scenario is “also interesting on the side of the villain; many of the famous villains in Gotham have a long history with Batman. Even for them, it’s kind of shocking. So it really allows you to explore those two things.”

“And our main antagonist is actually a secret society, the Court of Owls (the Court of Owls in the English version, editor’s note), which was a ‘character’ we were very interested in, because for us Gotham City is a character in its own right. A game.”

As the executive producer explains, “The Court of Owls is a secret society that has truly been penetrated throughout the city’s foundations, and has been holding the strings for decades and decades, and would also appear in Bruce’s absence.”

All these factors combined are the basis of our history. »

And besides the need to create a new world, of sorts, with new main characters, the developers at WB Games are always faced with the open-world challenge: how, after all, to make the game interesting, and above all to maintain an interesting enough rhythm, when it is Is it possible to put a main task on “pause”, and go for a walk on the other end of the map?

” The a challenge Somewhat like that, in fact. For us, the story and the narrative framework are very important. But in an open world, we want to leave the freedom to the player. The challenge is to find the balance between player freedom, the ability to explore and go fight crime and do the activities where you want, making sure it is always clear to the player to decide the part. of our main narrative,” says Mrs. Marty.

The latter adds that the development team has made things more challenging by not only having the main mission, which centers around the Court of Owls, but also several secondary narrative arcs complete with some of the well-known villains, including Mr. Freeze. “These are stories in themselves that the player can decide to pursue. The challenge is really on the clarity side, with the attitude you want” Here are all my options, and what is part of what? “.”

Together, but sometimes apart

other privacy Gotham KnightsThe game can also be played in a cooperative mode, with a friend connected online. And players will not only be able to deal with a villain together, for example, but they can also split up to go and accomplish various tasks themselves.

“They will only need to be reunited when following the main story.”

Unfortunately, the game may be available on several platforms, and it will not be possible, if for example one of them is on PC, to connect to another player on Xbox.

Inspiration and expectations

Of course, anyone who ventures on the side of Batman is stepping into a world spanning decades of movies, TV shows, comics… and even video games. For example, if the latest movie is specifically inspired by the comic book series Long HalloweenMs. Marty points out that the developers at WB Games have been inspired by everything and nothing.

“Our game is definitely not a sequel…so we basically had to figure out what kind of different stories we wanted to tell. That’s why we were interested in Owl Court. Because even though it’s quite a cult story now, it’s actually relatively recent. Explore it in video games so far,” she explains.

Fleur Marty adds that the folks at DC Comics were also very helpful with the early design of the game. “Conversations with them led our creative team to think. But I want to say that we are not telling the story of A cartoons. We took inspiration from the right, from the left, to build our story. »

And what about amateurs? After all, with decades of stories, perhaps tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of fans For Batman, there’s always the danger of alienating many of them…” I wouldn’t say there’s a fear (of fan discontent, editor’s note); we’re all very proud of the game we’re finishing. But there’s obviously pressure. And no matter what you do, a franchise like this It’s still legendary. It’s an honor to be able to work on it, but yes, there will always be people who will get upset because we start killing Batman!” adds Mrs. Marty with a laugh.

The WB Games team also knows how to keep the mystery alive, by revealing the characters and the skills of each. To discover the entire work, it will be necessary to wait until the end of October.

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