Batman: Arkham Knight has been out for just over a week, and gamers everywhere (well, maybe not PC players) are loving it. It's a fitting conclusion to Rocksteady's absolutely amazing trilogy, and it wraps up the studio's take on the Dark Knight — though some gamers are still wondering about the fate of a certain supervillain.

Rocksteady Studios did the unthinkable in Batman: Arkham City: they killed off the Joker. It was a massive shock — after all, this is the Joker... he can't die! Except he did, and Rocksteady made it clear they were sticking with their decision. Suffice to say, Mr. J won't be making his way back to the world of the living anytime soon.

In spite of the studio's stance on the death of the Joker, some fans still claimed he was alive, and merely playing another prank on the Dark Knight. No matter how many times Rocksteady claimed he was gone, fans still held onto the hope that the Joker would someday make his way back into Arkham Knight. So, is the Joker really gone? Well, thanks to the alternate opening cutscene, fans finally have a definitive answer.

Alright, well... that was horrifying.

Maybe it's the four minutes of waiting, maybe it's the fact that the original cutscene is relatively quiet, maybe it's because the whole thing is interactive... or maybe it's the fact that the Joker, after being lit on fire, jumps back to life and screams into the camera.

Without going into spoiler territory, the way that Rocksteady has handled the Joker's death – and its lingering effects – throughout Arkham Knight is one of the reasons why the game is so good. With all of the other Easter eggs and surprises throughout the game, maybe this alternate opening shouldn't have been such a huge shock — maybe.

Batman: Arkham Knight is available now.


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