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Gotham Knights Co-op Details: Cross-play, Private Games, And More Explained

Gotham Knights is better with a sidekick, so use our guide on all things co-op to understand what you can and can't do in the city.


Gotham Knights, like many games that offer the choice, is better in co-op. Beating up evil-doers is simply more fun when you have a sidekick. Of course, in this game, you're both technically sidekicks, but since Batman is dead, it'll be up to you to defend the city that meant everything to him. In this guide, we'll walk you through your co-op options within Gotham Knights, including an explainer on cross-play, details on the forthcoming four-player mode, and a guide on how to change the privacy of your game so you can or can't be joined by others.

Gotham Knights cross-play

The big burning question is whether Gotham Knights has cross-play or not. The answer, which will disappoint some players, is it does not. You'll be limited to playing as Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, or Nightwing with your co-op partner on the same platform, be it Xbox, PC, or PS5. As the last-gen versions were also scrapped, there's no cross-gen play either. It's a simple solution, though likely not the one people were hoping for.

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Gotham Knights solo, co-op, and open lobbies

Gotham Knights is better in co-op. We really believe that. However, you might disagree, and that's fine. You can change your session settings to one of three options whenever you feel like it. When you're playing, just press left on the D-pad to open up a menu that includes photo mode, emotes, and a vaguely internet-looking icon. It's in that section that you can change the visibility of your session, either making it invite-only (essentially solo until you say otherwise), open to friends, or open to all players. If you select open to all players, the game seems to prioritize getting you paired up with someone quickly--even signified by the option's menu icon: "SOS."

Gotham Knights four-player mode

Despite its foursome of heroes taking center stage, the campaign of Gotham Knights can be played only in two-player mode. However, there is a four-player mode on the way, as recently revealed by WB Montreal. The peripheral mode, Heroic Assault, is very light on details right now, with the studio not even so much as showing a hint of gameplay yet. It's been described as a "free four-player co-op experience" that comes to the game on November 29, 2022. It's not yet clear if this means free to people who purchase Gotham Knights or free-to-play. Perhaps even just the host needs to have bought the game, while others can join in for no charge.

It's likely this mode will be monetized in some way, since currently the game's loot grind serves no purpose. We're curious to see more of this mode ourselves, at least so we can better understand how it fits into the full Gotham Knights experience. Until then, you can read our take on the new superheroic loot-brawler in our Gotham Knights review.

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