Batman Arkham Knight Developer Explains What Next-Gen Consoles Bring to the Table

Batman Arkham Knight is releasing next month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Even though the Arkham series came to be on last-gen consoles, the last entry in the Arkham franchise will not be released on older hardware.

The primary reason behind this are the hardware limitations, Batman Arkham Knight just won’t be what it is now if it was developed for PS3 and Xbox 360.

This isn’t the first game ditching last-gen systems, The Witcher 3 and Evolve among other titles have done the same.

Batman Arkham Knight developer Rocksteady has come-out to tell us what exactly the next generation of consoles have done to help the game’s development. What is it that wasn’t possible on last-gen systems?

For instance, Rocksteady explained how data streaming helped them with Batmobile.

The thing that this generation gives you is streaming,” Ginn said. “So when you’re driving through Gotham City at 100-miles an hour, the city needs to move past you quickly. And when that city is very highly detailed — because you can stop and get out and go and look at the rain coming down a lamp post, and it’s all there — but when you’re driving quickly it needs to move past you very, very fast.

It was further revealed that moving the Batmobile at such speeds would never have been possible on last-gen systems. Batmobile is considered a fast and powerful machine and if it wasn’t moving at top speeds, what is the point of even adding it to the game?

..because in your mind, the Batmobile moves at high speed, it’s a fast car, so if we can’t make the car move fast in the game there’s no point having it in the game at all. That’s certainly why we had to commit to the newer consoles.

By now, millions of people have made the jump from PS3/XB360 to PS4/XBOne, and they want to see what their new machines are capable of. While I do feel bad for those who won’t be able to play the game, but you will have to agree that Batman deserves a proper send-off, and new-gen consoles are more than capable of providing it.

Batman Arkham Knight is heading to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 23.