Despite being eight years old, Batman: Arkham Knight got the surprise addition of Robert Pattinson’s Batman suit, which subsequently vanished again.
Having made the much-loved Batman: Arkham games, developer Rocksteady has spent the past few years since deep in development on Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League.
Curiously, though, it seems that Rocksteady – or perhaps another developer – has found time to make a belated edition to 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight.
As first reported by IGN, word soon began to spread on Twitter/X that the particular Batman suit worn by actor Robert Pattinson in the 2022 film The Batman had been added to the game via the Epic Games Store. For the avoidance of doubt, it was even called The Batman Skin – 2022.
Understandably, this caused a ripple of excitement – Batman: Arkham Knight is now eight years old, and yet an outfit from a film released only last year suddenly appeared in it. Nor did it appear to be an unofficial mod, given that the game doesn’t have such support as yet.
Curiously, though, neither Rocksteady nor Epic Games made any sort of announcement surrounding the new skin. Nor did the skin appear anywhere else other than the Epic Games Store – not on Steam nor its console versions.
Then, later on Thursday (26 October), the skin was removed. It had vanished as quietly as it had appeared – much like the Caped Crusader himself.
The best theory currently available? It was launched too early, and was intended for a more coordinated roll-out closer to the launch of Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, currently due for release on 2 February.
It’s all something of a mystery. If it’s every solved, perhaps by the Greatest Detective himself, we’ll let you know.