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Rocksteady says Gotham City will 'always be raining' in 'Batman: Arkham Knight'

Batman: Arkham Knight will be bringing with it a Gotham City that is unlike any other we've seen before in a game, with its destructible city and always raining setting, this could open things up for some gorgeous gameplay. (Batman: Arkham Knight, PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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Mikelarry  +   167d ago
dont see this being a problem. i didnt mind the snow in city or the dry night in asylum this will not stop this game from being epic
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ZodTheRipper  +   167d ago
I'm not sure whether this is such a smart design choice ...I mean wouldn't it be cooler to see the city in different settings? Look at InFamous, some people prefer playing at broad daylight, some prefer the game at night. That's why the devs are implementing an option to choose between settings.

I'm sure Gotham will look breathtaking, especially as a next-gen only city, but personally I would prefer some variety in a 15hour+ open world game.
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DoomeDx  +   167d ago
Did infamous confirm that they are adding that option? I have only seen that they are 'considering' it
-Foxtrot  +   167d ago
I agree

Having it raining all the time is going to seem a little boring after a while.

This is Rocksteadys last Batman game and I would of liked to see Gotham in different settings. I thought they would of had the game set over a long period of time so you saw different weather settings like how in inFAMOUS continuing the missions change the time of day and weather.

I mean we've finally got a Batman game set in Gotham and you would at least want to see what they could do with it.
ZodTheRipper  +   167d ago
They confirmed it officially yesterday
It was on April 1st but it doesn't sound like a joke lol

Boring and imo kinda depressing ...I for one love bright, shining colors in games that's why I prefer InFamous at daylight
MysticStrummer  +   167d ago
Yeah I question this choice as well. The story could take place over a short period of time, and it could well be raining all that time, but visually it could get old after awhile, especially if you plan on roaming that world after the story is finished. I prefer games with dynamic day/night or ones where the time of day changes as the plot unfolds.
zeuanimals  +   167d ago
I don't know man... The Dark Knight walking around when the sun is uo? Just doesn't seem right.
Scatpants  +   167d ago
All of the Arkham games have taken place over the course of one night. and a day/night cycle would not fit the Batman formula. Batman comes out at night. Raining all the time seems like it could get old, but on the last one it was snowy most of the time if I remember right. The rain should make for some nice looking next gen reflections at least.
Baccra17  +   167d ago
Wouldn't having it rain all the time be unnecessarily straining on the consoles? We are already having to deal with a gimped game due to parity and a weaker system not holding it's own, raining all the time is probably only going to make things worse.

That or, like fog in the early days, it's going to be used to hide problems/technical difficulties.
SnotyTheRocket  +   167d ago
Rain makes everything more badass. Ex. Pacific Rim, that one Matrix fight, Unchrted boat scene, and more.
SilentNegotiator  +   167d ago
CONSTANT rain seems like it would get annoying over the course of 15+ hours. Rain effects are visually noisy and can restrict view.
Blacklash93  +   167d ago
All Arkham games, including this one, take place over a single night. It's not raining perpetually for days or weeks.
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hiredhelp  +   167d ago
My ansew dynamic weather
3-4-5  +   167d ago
So it's basically England. I'm cool with that. Adds to the atmosphere I guess.

* Does that hint at the game ONLY taking place over a few days.

There realistically could be rain in a city or area for 3-4 days straight. Happens all the time, so does this mean that it's hinting THAT, OR is it just happen to ALWAYS rain in Gotham ?

Is somebody MAKING IT RAIN, or does it just do that for this certain game ?
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Mr Logic  +   167d ago
Actually according to the latest PlayStation Blog podcast where they talk about the game, they say that the game takes place over 1 night so it raining for 1 night is completely realistic.
3-4-5  +   167d ago
K that makes sense then. That must be one crazy night.
DanteVFenris666  +   167d ago
Does Bruce actually ever get to sleep?
malokevi  +   167d ago
Sounds good to me. Bright sunny days are not for the Batman! If it were any other game I would complain.
DAS692  +   167d ago
Not gonna lie.. not a big fan of this series, so maybe i'm being a little biased, but I think this is an easy way to shortcut it. I think the dev team is being lazy and not giving real day/night cycles. I would love to see Gotham City at dusk sometimes. Happened in the t.v. show all the time... Just saying.
uncharted56  +   167d ago
Well if the narrative says its taking over a course of one night then it wouldn't make sense to include day/night cycle. That said I would also like to see a batman game that would take over a longer period of time and include day/night cycles. Even allow us to play as Bruce in some missions for a change and include rpg dialog options like mass effect, would be cool.
WeAreLegion  +   167d ago
Cool. We haven't seen this since Godzilla. (98)
e-p-ayeaH  +   167d ago
Heavy Rain? no?
WeAreLegion  +   167d ago
Haha. Oh yeah. It's my favorite video game and I completely forgot about it.
Walker  +   167d ago
So there is no snow ?! pre-order canceled !
Conzul  +   167d ago
As a northerner I too demand snow in my games! Why am I not being represented? rabblerabblerabblerabble
Dynasty2021  +   167d ago
To me, this is to make it look more visually impressive using a cheap technique.

Wet surfaces make things look better looking in games.

Look at Seattle in Infamous. Crysis in the rain. Always better in the wet.

Nothing but a ploy to make you think the game looks better than it does.
air1  +   167d ago
Wtf are you talking about if the game looks good then it looks good.. I just don't get some of you at all..
CorndogBurglar  +   167d ago
Well they have a point. Graphics can look good, but if you take a dry surface, like a sidewalk, and compare it to a wet sidewalk, then the reflective qualities of the water on the ground can make it look much more impressive than just the dry surface.

But what he's forgetting is that if the wet surface isn't done properly, graphically, then it can make it look like a mess and actually worse too.

So i get what he's saying, if done right, a wet surface will look much more impressive than just a dry surface when it comes to graphics, but making a surface wet does not automatically make it better looking.
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Fyflin  +   167d ago
@Dynasty I noticed this whilst playing Ground Zeroes. During the main mission the game looks great and the rain definitely adds to the visual flair but there's a big difference when you start exploring the island in broad daylight.
extermin8or  +   166d ago
Personally game looks great on any weather setting on my ps4 but whatever...
Scatpants  +   167d ago
Pretty sure the game will look exactly how it looks. I don't think it's possible to look better than it looks.
fluxmulder  +   166d ago
Darkness and rain instantly brings the visual quality of a game up without much effort. That being said, Rocksteady does have a good track record of making great art.
Phoceenatic  +   167d ago
Reminds me of the film adaption of 'The Crow.' But as they even said in the film "it can't rain all the time."
RE_L_MAYER  +   167d ago
i hatr batman games/movies period...i dont get why all of you so into it
TotalSynthesisX  +   167d ago
Then why are you here?
Nocando  +   167d ago
May as well ask anyone on N4G why they go into articles and comment on games they are disinterested in or outright hate. On topic however, I could see the rain becoming slightly boring over time. Mix it up with everything I say.
CorndogBurglar  +   167d ago
Okay. Those people don't get why you DON'T like it. So I guess that makes everyone even, huh?
RE_L_MAYER  +   167d ago
i guess thats true but maan everyone i know loves everything batman....is there anyone thats not into batman
Salooh  +   167d ago
Same here , i don't like batman the way people do. But this game is only on this gen so i'm buying it. We need to reward them for that. It will be at least a good game.
ABeastNamedTariq  +   167d ago
Are you mad
smashman98  +   167d ago
One problem with everry one wanting broad day light he's called the dark knight for a reason.
ginsunuva  +   167d ago
Time to show off reflection and lighting to make the game look 10x shinier.
MidnytRain  +   167d ago
Arkham City spoilers in the article
ninjagoat  +   167d ago
I'm from Belfast Northern Ireland rain suits me prefect day one buy ;).
Plagasx  +   167d ago
Awesome, the Rain will make his suit shinier!

Also makes for some amazing atmosphere.
xX1NORM1Xx  +   167d ago
Tbh I can't wait to see what it looks like with it being next gen and PC only I'd like to see rain running down a window :D
Sharp  +   167d ago
Good! There are people out there who actually like rain more than sunny weather.

I'm one of them. For that purpose I carry an umbrella everyday.

Professional help has been considered.
sonicsidewinder  +   167d ago
Will create a darker mood.

Which is sound.
static360  +   167d ago
why is it always gonna be raining?
aLucidMind  +   167d ago
If this will be the final chapter, then it would likely be the typical symbolism. Rain indicates some form of downpour (no pun intended) of emotion, usually negative. It also gives a darker or more sinister mood, depending on how the narrative is done. It is fitting if you know what happened in the end of City and heard Azrael's prediction at some point.
static360  +   167d ago
hmm, interesting. thanks for the explanation.
josephayal  +   167d ago
batman arkham moist
MeLoveRamen  +   167d ago
I heard after Arkham knight, Rocksteady is moving on to something else. I would really love them to make a superman game after watching the man of steel. A man can dream.
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danthegamerfiend  +   167d ago
Batman only comes out at night and the arkham game were all based off one night mission. Makes sense why it will be raining all game.
mogwaii  +   167d ago
This IS batman, this IS The DARK knight.
Mvp-Machiavelli  +   167d ago
If any of YOU have played Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes, the night time and rain suited the dark theme/atmosphere of the prologue. Same as Batman, a dark theme with rain suits the story/game
play/atmosphere of the game.....
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   167d ago
it was always snowing in City and Orgins right? Or was it just origins.

Im fine with it anyway.
Thomaticus  +   167d ago
That's nice... but I would prefer a change of season....make it go along with the story. But... I'm going to play the game first then make my judgement.
Flames76  +   167d ago
I wonder who the idiot was that came up with this
FalconR289  +   167d ago
I think the rain can add to the dark and decaying city of Gotham. If they could add lightning and thunder every once in a while to go along with the rain it could make a for a dark/gloaming atmosphere that fits with Gotham perfectly.
S2Killinit  +   167d ago
Its part of the atmospheric effect of batman, so no problemo
lashes2ashes  +   167d ago
Since the story of the game takes place on one night, not a full day I'm not sure why everybody wants a day and night cycle lol. Unless Gotham is in Alaska during summer time.
WitWolfy  +   167d ago
Grrr.. I still so need to finsih Origin. Just never could get into it.

Good times!!!
feraldrgn  +   167d ago
Needs a day-night system, with some story playing as Bruce Wayne as well as Batman.
DFray919  +   166d ago
i would think rain always would get annoying!
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