Rocksteady confirms gamers can switch between controlling Batman & allies with dual play mode
When Batman: Arkham Asylum released the only help the caped crusader was able to get was from Oracle (Barbara Gordon). Trapped inside the infamous asylum there was no way Batman was going to be able to get help from his allies. In Rocksteady’s second outing, Batman: Arkham City, the camped crusader needed a helping hand. Enter former protege Nightwing and the older Robin to lend a helping hand. As fun as it was to have two members of the bat family make an appearance it wasn’t enough for fans.
What could be more fun than being able to truly take Nightwing and Robin out for a spin against a few baddies? Rocksteady agreed recently announcing that Nighwing, Robin, and Catwoman would all be playable characters; what more could fans ask for? Rocksteady however wasn’t satisfied with simply bringing a few of the Dark Knight’s closest into the game. In the Arkham Knight trailer “All Who Follow You” Rocksteady show off Batman, Robin, and Nightwing teaming up to perform tandem attacks.
Shortly after the scene senior animator Adam Vincent revealed Arkham Knight’s “Dual Play” system, saying those team ups are not exclusive to a co-op mode. Instead its a way for Batman to call on his allies when things get rough. Using the Dual Play system Batman can call for help when he is already in a fight or simply stalking his next villain. As soon as his allies arrive on the scene the Dual Play system allows players to swap between characters at will.
Being able to switch between characters with Dual Play will open up a brand new world of possibilites for players during fights. That will include splitting up so that one character can distract enemies long enough for their ally to perform a stealth attack. Rocksteady is also introducing brutal team combos to truly put thugs in their place. Series scriptwriter Martin Lancaster is even more excited about the power of Dual Play for Arkham Knight’s story, saying:
It’s fantastic because we’re able to build these relationships, not just through cinematic sequence, but right through the gameplay in every aspect of the game.
The system should definitely help gamers feel a greater connection to Batman and his allies as they use each character to progress through Arkham Knight. Rocksteady is showing a true investment in finishing the Arkham series as strongly as possible through its characters. Arkham Knight will feature a major cast of characters including Lucius Fox, Batman’s resident tech expert. The Riddler will also be making come back, this time with plans to overtake Gotham with an army of robots.
Then of course there is the mysterious Azrael with his holy mission to take over Batman’s place as the guardian of Gotham. This grand cast of characters and the Dual Play system are making Arkham Knight out to be the best title in the series.