The details of the Harley Quinn Story Pack downloadable content for Batman Arkham Knight have been revealed. The contents of the DLC were revealed by the Amazon listing of the game. It turns out that the Harley Quinn DLC will be a prequel to the events of the main game and depicts Quinn’s efforts to bust out her partner-in-crime, Poison Ivy, from the Bludhaven Police Department. This has some surprising and intriguing implications for the video game.
First, since the DLC is set in Bludhaven, it takes the setting of the Batman: Arkham franchise outside of Gotham City for the first time. Bludhaven is another seedy, fictional city from the DC Comics universe. Previously, it has been the stomping grounds of Batman’s protégé, Nightwing, aka Dick Grayson. If the entirety of the DLC is set in the Bludhaven Police Department, the DLC will likely be confined to that space. In other words, there will be no open-world sandbox map for Bludhaven. Still, it is a brilliant choice for the Rocksteady team to explore other parts of Batman and DC Comics lore with this DLC. In addition, for once the players get a chance to take the role of a villain. Catwoman, from Batman Arkham City, does not really count since Catwoman was playing more of the antihero role in the story.
Since Harley Quinn is looking to bust Poison Ivy out of jail at Bludhaven Police Department, I am curious to know whether any assets from Batman Arkham Origins will be recycled for the DLC. Presumably, similar assets to the Gotham City Police Department building and map from that game could be re-used to double as Bludhaven Police Department. That is just speculation because the Rocksteady developers could have just as easily built a new police department map for the Quinn DLC pack.
The Amazon story also reveals that the Harley Quinn DLC will be a prequel to the events of the main game. So, the events of the Quinn DLC will help set the stage for the events of Batman Arkham Knight. It will show where certain characters have been, and it reinforces how the Batman Rogues are building their forces to make an all-out attack against the Dark Knight. In Arkham Knight, the villains are organizing and pooling their resources to put Batman out of business for good, which is bad news for Batman.
Batman Arkham Knight hits the shelves on June 2. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.