After a string of rumors, Warner Bros. releases a trailer that officially announces current gen remasters of Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City and confirms the release date and price for the bundle.
In this generation of remakes and remasters, it always seemed like more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if’ the original Batman Arkham games would receive a PS4 and Xbox One remaster. Everything from Halo to Uncharted has been rereleased on the current-gen consoles, so the arrival of Rocksteady’s iconic Batman games seemed inevitable. After a string of rumors about an Arkham collection arriving this summer, the studio has finally made the announcement official.
This morning, Warner Bros. confirmed the Batman: Return to Arkham bundle, which will include remastered versions of both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. The collection, which we saw the box art for last week, will be available for both PS4 and Xbox One on July 26. Gamers can expect to drop $50 on the Batman: Return to Arkham bundle, which isn’t a bad price for remastered versions of two previous gen classics.
The first trailer for the bundle shows off the fresh coat of paint that has been slapped onto what the trailer calls ‘the greatest superhero games of all time.’ That’s a bold boast, but it’s probably accurate considering the superhero competition.
As expected, the collection also includes all of the bonus content what hardcore fans might hope for, including all Game of the Year extras and downloadable content. The ports were handled by Virtuous, which also worked on Heavy Rain’s PS4 version and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Players can expect to see improved graphics”and upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects, and shaders.
There’s no denying that plenty of fans will jump at the chance to replay these two classics, but the bundle does seem to be arriving at an interesting point in time. The perfect time to play through these games seems like it would have been prior to the release of last year’s Batman: Arkham Knight. Considering the problems that Arkham Knight faced with its own PC launch, maybe it’s for the best that WB and Rocksteady didn’t split resources between two launches in 2015 though. Replaying the games after concluding the the final chapter of the franchise seems a little backwards, but better late than never, right?
At this point in the console lifecycle, many gamers are starting to crave new IPs (or at least sequels, rather than remasters). There’s no doubt that there will be a demand for these remasters (including a few Game Rant writers who have been praying for this announcement), but hopefully Rocksteady and WB are still hard at work on a new game to fill the void left after the end of the Batman Arkham franchise. The team definitely mastered Gotham and the mechanics of Batman, so it would be fantastic to see another superhero franchise handled with the same level of skill and care. Because the ports were handed off to Virtuous, hopefully this release hasn’t slowed down work on any new projects.
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Batman: Return to Arkham releases July 26 for PS4 and Xbox One.