The next Batman video game wants players to become the next criminal kingpin of Gotham City and to build an underworld empire. Wait, is not that the reverse of what should be happening in Batman: Arkham Knight? Actually, not at all. Earlier this week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment officially announced the upcoming release for a new mobile game title for the hit Batman Arkham franchise. Batman Arkham Underworld is set to launch next month in April from Turbine. Turbine is also the studio behind such titles as Infinite Crisis (still in the beta phase) and The Lord of the Rings Online.
Batman Arkham Underworld puts the player in the role of a nameless criminal who is trying to build a criminal empire and has to fight to the top of the corrupt underworld of Gotham City. The mobile game will be launched ahead of the highly anticipated release of Batman: Arkham Knight from Rocksteady Games. In Arkham underworld, players will be able to set up their own hideout and then recruit an “army of henchman to do your bidding.” Players will be able to control a team of supervillains that includes The Riddler, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc with the goal becoming the “next criminal kingpin” of Gotham City. It makes sense since there is a void in that role after the death of The Joker in Batman: Arkham City. One wonders if Killer Croc’s appearance in this game is confirmation that he will once again appear in Batman: Arkham Knight. Killer Croc appeared in a hidden, optional cut scene for Arkham City, which is one of the cooler moments in the game.
The official website mentions defending your criminal turf from masterminds, private security forces and the GCPD. It also suggest you can build your empire to a big enough level to even take on Batman. Will that mean you beat the game by defeating Batman?
Players are currently able to sign up for the Batman Arkham Underworld beta here. Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight is due out two months later on June 2 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.