Art director David Hego also went into more detail about the new looks behind the characters, explaining how the studio wants to keep their presence fresh and exciting even though they’ve all featured in the series before.
“How can we make these guys exciting, even after seeing them again?” said Hego. “How can we improve the story behind them?”
Crime boss Penguin, described as a thug, has now shaved his head and sports a rolled-up shirt that’s stained with food. Two Face has also rolled up his sleeves–it must be pretty muggy in Gotham City–and you can see that his left arm is burnt.
The Riddler’s look will also change slightly as the game progresses, in a similar fashion to how Batman’s outfit gets more torn and beaten as he goes on.
“It’s something we try to put in the characters,” said lead character artist Albert Feliu, explaining how The Riddler will look more distressed and unhinged every time Batman thwarts his schemes.
“If you had to work overtime, for example, you would start the night with your jumper on and everything, and as the time went by you’d probably take your jumper off, open your shirt, take your tie off, have a coffee. The Riddler is a character who has a cool framework, and we didn’t want to change it too much–we like his shirts with question marks and silly glasses and greasy hair.”
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.