Back in 2020, when it was reported that Gotham Knights will be released, it was intended to be a cross-gen title, just like the majority of large and (otherwise) games that are being released these days. Recently, however, the open-world action RPG reemerged after a period of radio silence. Along with its new details, publisher WB Games and developer WB Games Montreal also revealed that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game had been cancelled, and that the game was now only going to be released on their current-gen counterparts, along with the PC.
Why was that decision made, especially taking into consideration the fact that quite a few individuals had, without a doubt, been looking forward to the opportunity to play their game on their previous-generation hardware over the course of the past couple of years? During a recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) session held on the official Gotham Knights Discord channel (via MP1st), executive producer Fleur Marty stated that WB Games Montreal made the decision to cancel the game’s release on last-gen consoles due to the “scale and scope” of the project. WB Games Montreal came to the conclusion that concentrating solely on new-gen consoles would enable the development team to deliver a product that was superior and more thoroughly polished.
She explained that “when considering the magnitude and scope of Gotham Knights, we needed to prioritize and focus our efforts in order to release the game at a level of quality that was satisfactory for current-gen.” “We totally understand that this is upsetting to players who do not yet own a current-gen console and believe me we really didn’t make this decision lightly, but in the end, we wanted to focus on delivering a game that we are truly proud of,” the developers said in a statement. “[W]e wanted to focus on delivering a game that we are truly proud of.”
The release date for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC versions of Gotham Knights is set for October 25.