After a couple of leaks and speculation (and a little detective work), Batman: Arkham Knight is official, as announced on GameInformer ahead of the DC All-Access “announcement” due at 1pm EST today.
The announcement on GI came in the form of their monthly cover reveal, and they promise the digital edition of the issue, with many more details in a 14-page spread. But first, the premiere game trailer (we’ll see you in four minutes):
The trailer starts with Scarecrow telling Gotham City it needs to be evacuated or he’ll show them all “their worst fears.” A will of Thomas Wayne is read while a solemn Bruce Wayne prepares to get into the Batsuit. Harley Quinn is shown taking down some cops. The Batmobile shows up as the will talks about “Fast cars” and “a destructive lifestyle.” Two-Face appears, gangs fighting cops, and lots of beautiful driving of the Batmobile, and some good old fashioned butt-kicking. Harley Quinn is also revealed at the end as a playable character for those that pre-order the game.
Batman: Arkham Knight comes from Asylum and City developer Rocksteady Studios, and is teased as being the finale to the series by the developer (2013 saw Warner Montreal release a prequel, Arkham Origins). The Batmobile is in the game as a playable, drivable element, with a finally full-sized Gotham City, “far larger” than Arkham City. Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, “and more” are name-dropped as appearing in the game.
The new installment in the series will also be next-gen only: you’ll need a PS4, Xbox One, or PC to play Arkham Knight.
And here's WBIE's official description for the game:
"In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady's uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City."