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Batman: Arkham Knight announced, first details revealed

First trailer: Rocksteady helms 'final instalment'

Batman: Arkham Knight, a new entry in the series developed by UK studio Rocksteady, has been officially announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

The "explosive finale" to the Arkham series will be released in 2014, with the first details arriving today via magazine Game Informer.

As revealed by box art leaked by retailer GAME, Arkham Knight is set after the events of 2011's Arkham City and will allow players to get behind the wheel of the Batmobile for the first time.

"As you've probably guessed from the cover imagery, the Batmobile is finally a core element of the gameplay," reads the Game Informer reveal.

"An entirely new area of Gotham City, far larger than Arkham City, has much wider streets to accommodate the new driving gameplay that is designed to integrate smoothly with Batman's gliding and grappling traversal. Batman chases down super villains Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, and more."

"Arkham Knight takes place one year after the events of Arkham City," explains Rocksteady's Sefton Hill, "and Batman is at the very peak of his powers".

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"It's a lot more difficult this time because he's got all the super-villains teaming up to take him down. It's all on," added another dev.

"The Arkham games have always been about providing that power fantasy, about being and feeling like Batman, we're going to take it further with the addition of the Batmobile and the bigger city."

Hill continued: "We've known it's what people want. When you're Batman you do think Batmobile, It's the one key thing we felt we really always wanted to do. And also that refreshes the whole experience, which I really think it does. What we're always trying to do is [make] every game feel like a new game rather than another episode of the last one".

The earlier retailer listing stated that Rocksteady's third entry in the series will be the "explosive finale", and Sefton Hill has indicated this may indeed be the case.

"We kind of feel this is the natural end to the story," he said. "We really want to go out in style."

"We're excited to be developing the game for next-gen platforms, which has allowed us to bring to life the design elements that we envisioned from the beginning such as the Batmobile and how it augments Batman's abilities, to the fully detailed and realized Gotham City."

Arkham Knight will be release this year on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The first trailer for the game can be viewed below.

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