According to a press leak, Batman Arkham HD Collection is in the works for current generation platforms, and it is set for availability later this year.
Thanks to a GameStop employee, the press outlet Eurogamer recently received pictures confirming the existence of Batman Arkham HD Collection. The unnamed worker’s photos reveal that the forthcoming anthology is set to contain both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, the first two titles from Rocksteady Studios’ take on the Dark Knight.
According to the leak, Batman Arkham HD Collection will give both of the aforementioned titles a full-fledged visual makeover for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Plus, as is to be expected, every single scrap of the games’ previously released expansion materials such as Arkham Asylum‘s Dem Bones Challenge Map and Arkham City‘s Joker’s Carnival DLC, for instance, will be included.
As seen in the image below, pre-orders for Batman Arkham HD Collection are planned to begin tomorrow on April 19, 2016. Furthermore, fans of should expect to have the action-adventure anthology starring the Caped Crusader go on sale starting June 10, 2016.
Interestingly enough, Batman Arkham HD Collection will exclude what’s generally considered to be the nadir in the series, which is the Warner Bros. Games Montreal-developed Batman: Arkham Origins. While it’s possible that the title’s lower quality has something to do with its omission from the compendium, the likelihood of its exclusion probably skews closer to the fact that Origins wasn’t helmed by Rocksteady Studios, and Batman Arkham HD Collection appears to be a Rocksteady production. Nevertheless, it’s still unclear as to why Warner Bros. Games Montreal’s entry in the franchise is being left out of the anthology altogether.
The verification of Batman Arkham HD Collection‘s actuality confirms what many have speculated for quite a while. As it happens, a rumor involving a remaster for both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City took shape last year after a leaked survey surfaced asking fans whether or not they would play an updated version of the games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, at the time it was believed that the collection would launch before Christmas 2015.
Taking into account that the majority of the releases in the franchise garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews and also sold well—Batman: Arkham Knight led software sales for the month it was launched, for example—the updated edition of the first two entries in the series is definitely justified. So, thankfully, once the Batman Arkham HD Collection releases, we will finally be able to scratch it off our list of the top 10 game remasters we want to see.
Batman Arkham HD Collection is reportedly set for availability on June 10, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.