The Batman Arkham games are undoubtedly some of the best games ever made. Being HUGE Batman fans, Chris and I, instantly gravitated to the series and usually take the day off to play it for hours on end starting at it’s midnight release. Origins was pretty incredible, but the whole time it felt a little off not having Kevin Conroy to voice The Dark Knight. Well, he’s back in this end to the trilogy and I can’t wait to get my hands on this game.

Batman: Arkham Knight was pushed back to a release date of June 2nd, 2015 and judging by the comments from Rocksteady’s, Guy Perkins, it’s because developer Rocksteady has been taking it’s time to make it even more awesome than the previous installments. IGN recently talked to Perkins, who went on to talk about this as the best Batman simulator of all time.

“If people walk away thinking this is the ultimate Batman simulator, then our job is complete…We gave them Gotham City, we gave them Batman at the height of his powers and we gave them the Batmobile. I think those three elements come together to make a great game. If people go away feeling like it was awesome, we’ve done a good job.”

arkham-knight-batmobileHe went on to talk about how the Batmobile will play a key role in the game, as it fills in a gap where we lost The Joker at the end of Arkham City.

“the big thing that was always missing for us was the Batmobile. It was always missing but wouldn’t have worked in Asylum or City, so to build an open-world around that was crucial.”

In regards to the Joker

“The death of the Joker at the end of Arkham City has created a different world for the criminals of Arkham Knight…He’s not there to disrupt the things they’re doing, so you have to imagine a world where he’s not there and not causing that chaos. They can get organized, work together and offer a more formidable challenge. [Batman is] at the peak of his powers, but without his nemesis there to cock things up for everyone else then they get the chance to be a bit stronger, a bit braver and do things differently.”

Speaking about the Scarecrow not being in the second game

“We left Scarecrow out of Arkham City for a reason so he’s back in as the big bad and it’s great for us to bring him back….He’s a great mirror for Batman, as they both use fear as a weapon of choice. There’s a dichotomy there.”

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 2nd 2015 for next gen-consoles. Let us know what you think of this latest installment in the comments!