It's hard to believe it's already been more than five years since the release of Batman: Arkham Knight. The divisive conclusion to the Arkham saga — which spanned four titles and two console generation — was followed with much speculation as to what was next for the Bat family in games.
With new DC titles in the works from Batman: Arkham Knight developer (Rocksteady Games) and Batman: Arkham Origins developer (WB Montreal), it was unclear for years exactly what either project entailed.
This remained the case until DC FanDome in August 2020, in which the comic publisher made major announcements regarding their upcoming comics, films, TV shows, and games. FanDome led to the confirmation of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League — releasing 2022 from Rocksteady — and Gotham Knights, a Bat Family title releasing 2021 from WB Montreal.
Gotham Knights will take place in Gotham City in an entirely new universe in which Bruce Wayne is dead and it's up to the rest of the Bat Family — including Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood — to save Gotham from the mysterious Court of Owls.
While the event confirmed the title was ready for a 2021 release, it was unclear exactly when in the year the release was set for. However, a holiday message from WB Montreal may have teased a possible release date for the highly-anticipated Arkham successor...
On Christmas Day, the official Gotham Knights Twitter account shared a “Happy Holidays” message to fans through a new image littered with Easter eggs for Batman fans. Possibly the most interesting detail of the image can be found on a Flying Graysons poster which promotes a circus taking place in Robinson Park from July 16 to July 21. The date of this event has led many fans to speculate this could hint to the game's release date being set for July 16, 2021.
WHAT THIS MEANS
While this is far from official confirmation that Gotham Knights will release July 16, 2021, this teaser could certainly be hinting towards that being the case. July 16 will fall on a Friday in 2021, which happens to be the day of the week on which most major game releases take place.
The Robinson Park tease is also fascinating. Batman fans will know Robinson Park as the so-called Central Park of Gotham City and also the common base of operations of Batman rogue, Poison Ivy. Previous teases have hinted Poison Ivy would make an appearance in the game as one of the many villains joining the likes of Mr. Freeze and the Court of Owls.
Whether the fan speculation will prove accurate or not will be revealed soon as Gotham Knights is due to release sometime in 2021 on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.