So it looks like the 1989 Batmobile skin for Batman Arkham Knight will in fact be available for free roam in the game, per the game director of the franchise Sefton Hill. The game director and co-founder Sefton Hill revealed the news recently on his Twitter account, putting many fan questions to rest at last. You can check out his tweet on the subject below.
Previous reports indicated that the iconic Batmobile design, which originated in the 1989 Batman movie directed by Tim Burton, would only be available to use for the new DLC race tracks based on Burton’s 1992 film Batman Returns. The reason? In the regular game, the new Batmobile has two modes: Pursuit Mode and Battle Mode. It transformers into Battle Mode in order to battle various tanks and drones belonging to Arkham Knight’s militia. Since the 1989 Batmobile does not have a Battle Mode transformation, the suspicion was that Rocksteady could not get the alternate skins to work in free roam, when Batman can traverse throughout the Gotham City map and take out various thugs. Case in point, the 1960s TV Batmobile skin was nothing more than a paint job change for existing in-game Batmobile, with some color schemes inspired by the car from the 1960s TV series starring Adam West.
However, Hill revealed that is not actually the case. The 1989 Batmobile will be available in free roam, but only when certain conditions are met. Players will have to clear the streets of all drone tanks and similar threats, and then the alternate Batmobile skin will be available.
The 1989 Batman and Batmobile DLC pack is due out later this month for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
As a few asked: 1989 Batmobile can be used in free roam in the city but only once you've cleared the streets of the drones tanks
— Sefton Hill (@Seftonhill) August 15, 2015