Nobody was quite sure what to expect when Rocksteady Studios first ventured into the murky realm of superhero video games. As it turns out, fans shouldn’t have worried. Building off of the solid foundation laid by Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, the developer’s second release, Batman: Arkham City, was a triumph in every sense of the word, effortlessly merging open-world gameplay with a distinctly Dark Knight vibe. But sadly, nothing lasts for ever. About a month from now, Rocksteady Studio’s final entry in the franchise arrives in the form of Batman: Arkham Knight.
A few weeks after Arkham Knight‘s release, many players will have completed everything that the game has to offer, and some will be jonesing for more Gotham-based adventures. According to the rumor mill, Rocksteady’s ready for them. Remastered versions of the Rocksteady Studio’s first two Batman titles have been rumored for months, and today one fan thinks he’s cracked the case, with the help of a leaked survey.
On the popular gaming forum NeoGAF, user Sangetsu-II posted screencaps of an alleged survey that asks fans how interested they would be in playing remastered versions of the first two Arkham games on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. According to the survey, the package is tentatively called “the Arkham HD collection,” and will include upgraded character models and environments, refined lighting and high-dynamic-range rendering, as well as new post-processing effects. In addition to polished audio and visuals, the remastered Arkham games will come with all previously released DLC.
Additionally, the survey shows three pieces of concept art for Rocksteady Studio‘s potential remasters, and asks fans which one makes them most interested in the package. The designs evoke the opening credits of True Detective, and feature Batman and his arch-nemesis, the Joker. Finally, survey participants are given a list of names for the potential re-releases, such as Batman: Arkham Anthology and Batman: Arkham Legacy, and are asked which one makes them want to buy the games the most.
Recently, remasters of older games are all the rage. Last year, Sony‘s remastered edition of the post-apocalyptic action-adventure game The Last of Us sold well enough that God of War 3 will also be getting an updated version.
Although Batman Arkham remasters are still just rumors, fans ought to have their hands full when Batman: Arkham Knight releases for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 23, 2015.