Batman: Arkham VR kicks off with the death of a beloved character + reveal trailer

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Jun 15, 2016, 5:02 PM EDT

Fans of the Batman: Arkham games rejoice! Rocksteady is working on another installment titled Batman: Arkham VR, which’ll allow you to slip on the Dark Knight’s cowl in all its virtual reality glory.

Even though we thought the video game company was done with the Arkham games, they’ve surprised everyone (and seemingly themselves) by returning to Gotham city for at least one more game – a murder mystery set in the Arkham-verse.

Even though the reveal trailer didn’t really reveal anything about the upcoming game -- besides the fact that it sounds like Mark Hamill will be reprising the role of the Joker (yass!) -- a new report over at and an E3 video interview with Rocksteady shed a bit more light on the game.

The report gives a great breakdown on how the game starts -- in Wayne Manor -- and the scenes that follow. It also reveals that an important Batman character is found dead, moving the plot of the game forward. I’ve included the excerpt in the spoiler cut below, in case you don’t want to be spoiled. 

Open eyeClose eye Show Spoiler As you start the "greatest detective" section, you come upon the crime scene: Dick Grayson, Nightwing, is dead. He's been beaten to death, and it looks like it was with no murder weapon. Going into this, and being a very big fan of Dick Grayson, is where I felt genuinely sad. Hearing Batman's sadness, and having it come out of "my" mouth, hurt. He couldn't believe it, that Dick was dead, and worse, that he died by losing a fight. His bewilderment was my own - who could have done this to Nightwing? After scanning the scene, the recreation of the fight began. Being able to instantly zap to different points in the crime scene area, I viewed the fight from every possible angle. He had three major injuries, and then the killing blow, a snap of his neck. Identifying these was as simple as slowly playing through the battle, viewing from other angles, and scanning at the right moments. When watching the fight with an unknown assailant beating this man - a best friend, a protegé, a brother - to death, I got angry. There are so few fighters in the DC Universe that could do this, and the precision; it's terrifying - yup, another emotion. After getting all I could from the crime scene, there was one more new clue: a witness. Scanning his hand print showed he was a known associate of the Penguin and it was time to move. The Batwing flew high above, and grabbing my grappling hook, I shot up to it, pulling myself in... and ending the demo.

Have a look at the reveal trailer and the video interview below. There's nothing too spoilery if you want to remain totally spoiler-free.


Slated for an October 2016 release, Batman: Arkham VR will be available exclusively for the PlayStation VR.

(via Comic Book)