Update #5: WB Games Montreal’s 4-day teaser campaign has ended in… another tease – albeit a tease that seemingly confirms the game will be set in Gotham City.
After the final code was used on the r3dakt3d site, fans were linked to a short video (below) that tells them to wait 24 hours for another announcement. If we take that timing to be from the moment the code unlocked, that puts it a few hours before the game is due to be discussed at DC FanDome – where we already knew an announcement for the game was taking place.
Is it the blockbuster end to four days of code-entering that we’d hoped for? Not really.
At the very least, the video confirms that Gotham is involved in the game believed to be called Gotham Knights – a file shown in the lower-left corner lists GCPD (Gotham City Police Department) as the source.
We’ll hopefully have actual news about the game for you tomorrow, as soon as it’s shown off at DC FanDome.
Update #4: Fans have uncovered another piece of the WB Games Montreal teaser map today, and one of the latest pieces of this breadcrumb trail of clues could actually be our first look at an in-game environment.
The latest tease from the r3dakt3d website included an image of an art piece featuring a man lifting up a shovel.
— r3dakt3d (@r3dakt3d) August 20, 2020
Interestingly, when Kinda Funny’s Barrett Courtney suggested this could be an in-game or in-engine screenshot, the r3dakt3d account replied, “The truth is in plain sight,” seemingly confirming that to be the case.
In any case, the image actually held the numbers that would unlock the next clue, revealing another piece of the map and the phrase “Third Times a Charm.” The new map piece seemingly fits in quite nicely with the two other pieces uncovered so far.
— Batman Arkham Videos (@ArkhamVideos) August 20, 2020
Update #3: As the WB Games Montreal teaser campaign officially launches to the public, even more details have been found in the r3dakt3d website that all but confirm it to be teasing a rumoured Batman game, reportedly called Gotham Knights. New clues seem to reference Batgirl and Two-Face.
You can now head to the website, click and hold the entry button and enter the code ‘761’ (as teased on Twitter by the official r3dakt3d account) to unlock today’s image, a map piece accompanied by the phrase ‘One Step Closer.’
After figuring out the subsequent codes for each day, IGN received a tip that the string (761,941,364,995) is the barcode number for Detective Comics #359, which also happens to be the first appearance of Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl. The Batman: Gotham Knights comic book series features the escapades of Batman’s extended family of superheroes, so if these rumours about the title line up, it is suggested Batgirl may make an appearance in the game in some shape or form.
Twitter user Presobard from the Batman Arkham Discord also managed to find the second map file in the website code, which spits out the phrase ‘Face Two Face’ when unlocked – potentially confirming the involvement of classic Batman villain Two-Face along the way. That new image also aligns nicely with yesterday’s leaked map, as you can see below.
The second map was also found earlier today by @WorldPrestons in the Batman Arkham Discord
I stitched them together and they line up! pic.twitter.com/HwQV4vz5jy
— Jordan Oloman (@JordanOloman) August 18, 2020
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
Update #2: Fans continued to find secrets in the r3dakt3d website teasing WB Games Montreal’s presumed next Batman game, but it seems the developers have stopped fans from getting too far into their sleuthing.
Discovered in the website was an image of what appears to be part of a map file with an icon pointing to a specific location. Fans were able to discover a code that needed to be entered into the website. It appears, however, that subsequent codes will be needed in the days leading up to WB Games Montreal’s unveiling of their next project at DC Fandome.
The code is 761 (thanks @tick756)
Spits out a map file that looks like this pic.twitter.com/0Pps6eGWYF
— Jordan Oloman (@JordanOloman) August 17, 2020
Fans were able to figure out subsequent codes, however it appears the website has been locked in such a way to prevent players from even unlocking the first day’s clues. IGN will follow the hunt by fans as more updates happen.
Update: Source code for the r3dakt3d website points to an extended teaser campaign taking place over the course of this week, perhaps ending in a video being unlocked to view on Friday, August 21. As spotted by IGN’s Jordan Oloman, several parts of the website source include references to radio numbers and codes, and one section seems to imply that there will be a code to input every 24 hours from tomorrow. Entering that code successfully will see you asked to return the next day for another clue. Another section mentions a “video” in connection with Day 4’s entry, perhaps indicating that a trailer of some kind will be unlocked once the codes have been entered for each day. We’ll be back tomorrow to see if any of this is indeed the case.
Had a look at the code behind the #CourtOfOwls website https://t.co/htFxPpv67e and it looks like we’ll be unlocking the trailer with radio numbers over the course of four days. Interesting! This suggests we’ll get the full trailer on the Friday the 21st. pic.twitter.com/1MGLQz5wxe
— Jordan Oloman (@JordanOloman) August 17, 2020
WB Games Montreal is, once again, teasing its new project – long rumoured to be a Batman game set around the Court of Owls storyline, and potentially called Gotham Knights – and it looks as though we’ll see an announcement or reveal of some kind tomorrow, August 18. Fans have followed a new tease to a website called r3dakt3d.com, which currently features the words, “We have be3n expecting you 8/18”, followed by a 24-hour countdown timer. The timer is set to end on August 18 at 8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 4pm UK (that’s 1am AEST on August 19). The initial tease that led here saw the Batman: Arkham Origins developer link to a new Twitter account called r3dakt3d, which has uploaded a short video (below) showing a computer interface, with occasional background interference seemingly showing three different crests or logos:
— WB Games Montréal (@WBGamesMTL) August 17, 2020
Of the three emblems shown, one definitely features an Owl – although not the same owl as seen in previous teases – while the others are far fainter, making it difficult to make out exactly what they’re depicting. It’s not the first time WB Montreal has teased us with mysterious symbols related to its new game – previously, we’ve seen a T-shirt with what seems to be a Court of Owls logo, and a series of logos that began to fill out a wider image. Both of those teases also prominently use the word “redacted” – the first in the tweet, and the seocnd in the URL.
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Even if tomorrow ends up being yet another tease, we know we’ll be seeing WB Game Montreal’s long-awaited project (alongside Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League) this Saturday at the DC FanDome event.