Batman: Arkham Knight, the sequel to 2011’s Batman: Arkham City, finally has a firm 2015 release date. While the game may now arrive later than would-be caped crusaders might prefer, the new date should give developer Rocksteady Studios plenty of time to fine-tune their farewell to Gotham.
Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that Arkham Knight will now arrive on June 2 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. This news comes after the game’s delay to the calendar year 2015—Calendar Man has not been implicated in the delay, however—ahead of this year’s E3. Arkham Knight was, before that conference, scheduled to debut this fall. The extra development time is likely needed to meet the game’s ambitious goals.
Arkham Knight comes after prequel Batman: Arkham Origins didn’t quite deliver on the franchise’s promise, but the new game will hopefully bring the narrative Rocksteady began in 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum to a satisfying conclusion. Led by the Scarecrow, a group of Gotham’s most villainous are hoping to take over Gotham once and for all, and it rests on Batman’s shoulders to bring the likes of Two-Face, Harley Quinn, and more to justice.
Two special editions were also announced for the game. The $99.99 Limited Edition includes a statue of Batman, while the game comes in a steelbook case with an 80-page art book, a copy of issue zero of DC Comics’ Batman: Arkham Knight, and three character skins from DC’s New 52 line of comics.
The $199.99 Batmobile Edition is virtually identical, except the Batman statue is replaced by, as the title suggests, a Batmobile statue. The statue will be transformable to mirror how Batman’s ride operates in the game.