Rocksteady Games can proudly hold themselves in good regard as Masters Of The Video Game Easter Egg, seeing as the first two Arkham games were so lovingly packed with subtle hints and clues that span Batman's many incarnations on the screen and in comics:
....The genius way in which they crafted the Warden Quincy Sharp easter egg in Arkham Asylum that hinted toward the storyline of Arkham City; The blueprint, finally located after much toil and exploding of walls, that detailed Sharp's crazy plans for the world's most famous fictional city.
Or the homage to the creation of Rocksteady Games, found in the ramblings of Calendar Man, that took the internet three years to find! No fault of our own, we simply had to put the date of our consoles or PCs to December 13th, 2004. No big deal, pretty easy really...
So with this in mind, it makes me wonder that if we were to take a closer look at the easter eggs in Arkham City, we might be able to find some that allude to the storyline in the final chapter of the British studio's epic Bat-trilogy. Or, even to the identity of Arkham Knight. I wonder...
Arkham City To Arkham Knight
Finding Scarecrow - 1
Known as the big bad who will unite Batman's most feared adversaries in an all out battle for Gotham, Dr. Jonathan Crane wasn't actually present in Arkham City, but, with Easter eggs dotted all over Arkham City, Rocksteady was already dropping hints that Scarecrow's influence was nowhere near over.
A huge one being a barge, operated by Falcone Shipping, found between the Industrial District and Amusement Mile. After using the Cryptographic Sequencer to gain access to the lower deck (password being CITY OF TERROR), Batman is greeted by a long cabin full of canisters, boxes filled with insects and a hunched thug who, after approaching him, screams then apparently dies before you.
By the thug, on the wall to your right, is an invoice for the attention of Dr. Crane. It details the shipping of "live insects for medical purposes" and twenty "Biological Containment Vessel Type 3." Crane uses insects as an ingredient in his fear toxins, so this matches the story line, as we know it so far, for Arkham Knight perfectly as Scarecrow threatens to attack Gotham with his toxin, forcing an evacuation of the city.
Finding Scarecrow - 2
Upon completing the game, when Batman randomly scans the airwaves, he can find secret stations that emit a series of seemingly pointless numbers. But, SURPRISE, when deciphered using a number to letter technique, the numbers actually contain three chilling, angst ridden promises from Scarecrow. The third was a particular pain to decipher.
So Scarecrow has given us more than a hint to his return! Genius, absolute genius. But it don't stop there, folks!
Many canisters of Crane's fear toxin can be found in notable areas around Arkham City. Some being in Hush's lair during the Identity Thief mission, which hints to the fact that Scarecrow might have been helping Hush with his dastardly intentions, one near to Scarecrow's mask and a few next to the second of The Riddler's hostages you rescue.
After Protocol 10 is initiated, if you head to the rooftops of Amusement Mile, thugs wearing costumes similar to the design and color of Scarecrow's can be found and subsequently beaten down.
Azarael, the watcher found loitering on rooftops, watching Bruce Wayne and revealing himself to Batman, delivers a frosty message which possibly alludes to the plot of Arkham Knight.
I bring a message: dark days are coming, Batman. The Prophecy is coming true, you are the warrior who will close the gates of Hell, you are the one who will save this day, and in doing so, events will occur that you cannot stop, from the ashes of Arkham the fires will rage and Gotham will burn, and you, you will burn too.
With this being the last Batman game helmed by Rocksteady, you expect it to go out with a bang. What if the Bat does indeed perish at the end of the tale? Giving his very all for the city he deeply loves.
Another "after beating the game" hint comes from a conversation between some thugs near the museum's torture room. One of the thugs is heard asking what's next for Arkham - Arkham County, Country or World. The other thugs nervously dismiss his idea. But he's probably not far off!
An idea that's been running around in my head for a while now - what if Ra's Al Ghul is Arkham Knight?
After ending Protocol 10, Batman learns that Ra's was the culprit behind Arkham City and the events that unfolded were just the beginning. After the freefall from Wonder Tower, where Ra's ends up impaled on the gates below, his body miraculously disappears but his sword remains.
With his superior fighting ability, you'd have to consider Ra's a candidate for Batman's latest superpowered adversary. I'm sure the suit could somehow contain some of the liquid found in the Lazarus Pit, and Ra's is used to controlling an army. But seeing as all the released footage of Arkham Knight shows him shooting the heck out of stuff, that may put a dampener on my idea! Worth a try though.
So in the end Gotham will burn and it will be up to Batman to decide whether he will go down with his city, after enduring one of his greatest battles to date. We'll be there to help him, in droves no less! My brain is tired, I'm gonna go lie down for a bit. You guys take over. What events do you think will unfold in Batman: Arkham Knight?