The Batman: Arkham VR trailer at E3 2016 was one of the most uninformative at the entire event. It literally told us nothing and leaves a lot up to speculation. As Val Kilmer’s dark knight in Batman Forever put it, “It just raises too many questions.” It’s literally just over a minute of the camera showing us the detail of Batman’s cape and cowl, with a background voice-over by Mark Hamill’s classic Joker.
It’s speculation, but all it tells us is that the game might go back in the timeline to before Bruce Wayne was confronted with the Arkham Knight and Scarecrow, since the final suit in Batman: Arkham Knight was a kind of armor with a high-tech fiber. Also, with Joker being in it, it could take place anytime in the storyline.
One possibility the trailer might be suggesting is that Batman: Arkham VR is a first-person version of Rocksteady’s entire franchise, but a free-roaming version of some scenes could be problematic. If you have to peak around corners, the first problem is that Batman’s pointy cowl will be very visible except in the dark. There could also be a problem with the stealth mechanic, as the third-person perspective of the franchise gave it more of a sense of where you are in the world you’re given.
— IGN @ E3 (@IGN) June 14, 2016
Not every franchise can be improved with a first-person point of view, and in some cases, it should only be optional. Titles like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Gran Turismo Sport, and Resident Evil 7 could prove to be some great ways to use the virtual reality headset. Open-world or action-adventure titles are more likely to “sound better on paper.”
— Ryan McCaffrey (@DMC_Ryan) June 15, 2016
If Batman: Arkham VR is really going to make an enjoyable game where you see through the dark knight’s eyes, as the trailer suggests, it might be more of a hunt for the various villains. Perhaps it will contain one of the first Riddler confrontations where you actually fight Edward Nygma instead of escaping yet another death trap. Face it, when he starts bragging about his superior intellect, you really just want to punch him in the face.
Some have suggested that the title might be a puzzle game in which you search for clues to solve murders, consult with Alfred, and then go find the villain who made the mess. This might be the most welcome uses of the Batmobile yet, as you race through the streets of Gotham to catch up to and stop villains like Penguin in hot pursuit.
A first-person battle with villains like Joker, Bane, Killer Croc, and Scarecrow could be some of the best superhero gameplay ever conceived. It’s too bad that the E3 2016 Batman: Arkham VR trailer didn’t tell us anything.
The only indication of gameplay was offered by a Warner Bros. representative.
“Batman: Arkham VR immerses players into the Dark Knight’s universe as they experience Gotham City through the eyes of the World’s Greatest Detective. Delving deep into an all-new Batman: Arkham mystery, those who enter this virtual reality world must think like Batman and utilize his legendary gadgets to unravel a plot that threatens the lives of his closest allies.”
We don’t know much about Batman: Arkham VR, and after the trailer at E3 2016, we still don’t know much.
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