Warner Bros released a new trailer for the upcoming Batgirl DLC, which is due to launch for home consoles and PC on July 14th. The trailer clocks in at two minutes but the actual gameplay content on display is only half of that.
The story follows Barbara Gordon as she attempts to save her father GCPD Commissioner Jim Gordon from the clutches of the Joker and Harley Quinn. The events of this tale takes place before Barbara is shot in the mid-section by the Joker and paralyzed from the waist down. Her paralysis didn't keep her from out of the crime fighting game, though... Barbara reinvented herself as Oracle, a tech-savvy savant working closely with Batman and Robin.
In the original Batman: Arkham City and in the follow-up Batman: Arkham Knight, Barbara is already Oracle. However, between Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City the events of the upcoming DLC “A Matter of Family” takes place.
Some of the users on the YouTube page broke out into a debate over the timeline presented throughout the series, but those who paid very close attention to all of the events happening in the game managed to explain where this part of the DLC fits into the story.
Additionally, there were quite a few complaints about the Red Hood and Harley's DLC that released with Batman: Arkham Knight. Many gamers felt like the DLC wasn't very substantial since they both clocked in at around 15 minutes worth of gameplay. It's understandable that people would be slightly peeved given that 15 minutes worth of gameplay is probably just solving one of the Riddler's side-quests in Arkham Knight.
Many feel as if the Batgirl DLC will be more substantial than the previous bits of DLC released for the game and they point to the number of new trophies present as a way to buffer that position.
The Batgirl DLC also introduces a new location into the mix... a deserted carnival of sorts. It looks like something out of The Warriors. I do wonder exactly how much space Batgirl will have to play around in with the new DLC and how much of the rest of Gotham will be blockaded off as she handles her business? Since this takes place before the events of Arkham City I also wonder if we'll see civilians roaming about or if all of that will be cordoned off?
In addition to the new location, Batgirl also has some new moves and take-down abilities of her own. We get to see her axe-kick in play, along with her dual-play combos that play off of Robin. We don't get to see what sort of other gadgets or moves she has at her disposal but if all goes well don't be surprised if more story-oriented DLC featuring these characters pop up down the road.
The Batgirl DLC is free for those who purchased the season pass (which is only good for six months worth of DLC) and will be available as a paid standalone for those who didn't purchase the season pass. The content goes live on July 14th. You can learn more by visiting the official website.