An Italian retailer’s online listing claims a release from Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive for a Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection is in the works.
According to a post on the video game retailer GameStop’s Italian website, Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive are planning on releasing what’s being called the Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection. Should the listing be accurate, fans of the Dark Knight should expect the Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection to be available on June 10 of this year.
Neither Rocksteady nor Warner Bros. have officially confirmed the existence of the compilation yet, but with this being the third time that a listing for Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection has cropped up online, the evidence is mounting for its 2016 release. Just a couple of weeks ago, in fact, a GameStop employee leaked an image of the details for what was then known as an unannounced “Batman: HD Collection.” Plus, there have been rumors going back as far as last year for upgraded versions of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to hit PS4 and Xbox One after Warner Bros. Interactive put out a survey asking fans what their favorite cover artwork for the collection would be.
Although the GameStop Italy listing for the Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection has been taken down as of writing, the screenshot seen below shows the website’s post for the anthology. The Google-translated description of the title explains that it will include the first two games in Rocksteady’s franchise for the Caped Crusader, along with every single bit of DLC for both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
If Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection does indeed have a 2016 release date and contains both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, this, of course, means that the Warner Bros. Games Montréal-developed Batman: Arkham Origins will be left out of the package. Naturally, though, since the compilation hasn’t even been officially announced yet, only speculation remains as to why the third entry in the series would be excluded.
While some gamers may be excited to learn that Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection will give them the opportunity to play both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, there are many who will undoubtedly react with nothing more than a disinterested shrug. A lot of fans, in fact, are of the opinion that remasters for the titles are unnecessary. While their stance on the issue is valid, if Rocksteady and Warner Bros. know there is a market for the games with upgraded graphics, then developers are surely going to try and squeeze some more money out of the preexisting Arkham properties.
At any rate, if the Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection doesn’t come out this year, fans are sure to have plenty of materials related to the World’s Greatest Detective to tide them over until it inevitably gets made. For example, Telltale Games is targeting a summer release date for its own Batman game. Not to mention, several months ago, Rocksteady hinted that it wasn’t entirely finished making extra content for Batman: Arkham Knight, as the studio teased more DLC for 2016. So, with all of this in mind, the dog days of summer could get a little darker with more potential Batman releases in the pipeline.
While there’s no official release date for the Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection yet, fans of the series can at least play the titles supposedly set in the compendium right now, as Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are available for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.