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Batman Arkham Knight Release Date, Spoilers, Gameplay: Will the Dark Knight Die?

( [email protected] ) Jan 20, 2015 06:02 PM EST
Batman: Arkham Knight promises to be quite a completion to the Batman: Arkham trilogy when it hits its June 2nd release date.  A recent posting on an Amazon UK site for the product may have revealed a serious spoiler for the Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay as Batman, the Dark Knight Detective could die.
This is one of the special editions of the game

Batman: Arkham Knight promises to be quite a completion to the Batman: Arkham trilogy when it hits its June 2nd release date.  A recent posting on an Amazon UK site for the product may have revealed a serious spoiler for the Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay as Batman, the Dark Knight Detective could die.

This major spoiler of Batman: Arkham Knight occurred as a Limited Edition statue could have revealed a major plot point.  According to IGN, there was a picture of a statue alongside an Amazon UK listing for the game's limited edition.  On the base of the statue, which shows the Dark Knight standing over Gotham, it reads: "from a grateful city in memory of the Gotham Knight". 

Okay, this seems to imply that Batman, the Dark Knight detective, is going to die sometime at the end of the Arkham trilogy. As we have reported before, Batman: Arkham Knight is a long awaited conclusion to the Batman: Arkham series.  The first game in the series was Batman: Arkham Asylum.  Debuting in 2009, the extremely dark take on the DC Universe iconic character was met with many accolades, including Game of the Year on several lists.  Its sequel Batman: Arkham City came out in 2011, and was also well-received, setting up for a trilogy.  What came out in 2013 was Batman: Arkham Origins, which is set up as a prequel to the series.  The trilogy will now conclude with Batman: Arkham Knight

Since Batman: Arkham Knight is the last in this best-selling series of the video game franchise, it does make sense that Batman will meet his fate.  However, if history teaches one thing, Batman cannot be killed.  In the classic comic-book Frank Miller story The Dark Knight Returns, Batman dies after an epic confrontation with Superman.  It is soon revealed that Bruce Wayne's heart just stopped, and started up again, and Superman is able to detect a heartbeat at Bruce's funeral.   The last Christopher Nolan movie The Dark Knight Rises has a similar set-up as Batman has to sacrifice himself to stop an atomic bomb from blowing up the city, only to be seen at the end by Alfred to be eating comfortably in a café with Catwoman.  

In other words, it would not surprise me if Batman: Arkham Knight ended in such a way where it is believed that Batman is dead, but then is actually still alive to fight crime some other day.  Whatever the case, the Amazon UK entry has been altered so the base of the statue is pretty generic, but it still has the product description that still reads:  "an imposing Batman memorial statue commemorating Gotham's protector, the Dark Knight".  I believe that a Batman memorial implies death, but I don't want to fate Batman to his fate until the game gets released on June 2, 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One, with a PC version coming out on October 14th

With the standard edition of the game, there will also be two Collector's editions, according to IGN.  There will be the Limited Edition and the Batmobile edition, both of which will be available in limited quantities across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version of the game will only be getting the Limited Edition in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The Limited Edition is planned on costing $99.99 and will come with an 80 page art book containing concept art, a SteelBook, a Limited Edition DC Batman: Arkham Knight #0 comic, three unique skins from the New 52 comics as well as a Batman Memorial Statue.  As for the Batmobile Edition, it will cost $199.99 and will come with a transformable Batmobile statue.