WB Returns Batman to Arkham for the Current Generation
‘Paging Dr. Bat…’
Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City were two of the biggest titles released during the last generation of video game consoles, and certainly two of the most successful superhero games ever — Batman or otherwise. In June 2015, Rocksteady Studios completed their trilogy with Batman: Arkham Knight; unfortunately, its arrival on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 kind of broke up the set — the latter doesn’t play games from previous generations, while the former’s ever-growing list of backwards compatible games does not include the Dark Knight’s exploits.
Fortunately for fans, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has hired Virtuos to help solve the problem with Batman: Return to Arkham for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
This two-in-one set will contain both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, rebuilt from the ground up in Unreal Engine 4 to feature better graphics with upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects, and shaders. Plus, all of the Game of the Year Edition bonus and downloadable content will be included, forming a complete package when it’s released on July 26th for $64.99.
Unfortunately, it appears that the side-story known as Batman: Arkham Origins, developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal, isn’t in the cards, thus still leaving a small gap in one’s collection. Maybe they’ll include a remake with a special edition of Batman: Arkham Knight somewhere down the line? Then again, given that game’s relatively lukewarm reception, maybe WB has just decided to focus on the core trilogy.
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