In a surprise to nobody, gaming’s worst kept secret is finally official!
WB & Rocksteady announced today that Batman: Return to Arkham is coming to Xbox One & Playstation 4 July 29.
This HD Collection features two of the greatest superhero games of all time – Batman: Arkham Asylum & Batman: Arkham City. Both were originally created for the Xbox 360 & PS3, releasing in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Return to Arkham contains versions of the 2 games remastered in Unreal Engine 4. This is significant because the third game in Rocksteady’s trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight, was created using Unreal Engine 3.
And boy do the games look beautiful:
Return to Arkham will contain all of the DLC ever released for both games, including the Game of the Year editions. The news had been leaked and reported on months ago from several outlets (including yours truly), so it’s no surprise that this is coming. As predicted, WB Montreal’s Batman: Arkham Origins will not be apart of the package. It’s also unclear if there will be a PC release for the collection, after the debacle that was Arkham Knight’s launch.
Two things that are of note:
1. The collection releases one week after DC’s animated version of The Killing Joke comes out.
2. The trailer brags about some pretty incredible Metacritic scores, listing Asylum at 92 and City at 96.
The Geekiverse named “Batman: The Arkham Collection” the top game or series that we wanted to see remade for current-gen systems in 2014. We also reviewed Batman: Arkham Knight last summer and scored it a 9.75/10, stating “Arkham Knight puts a bow on the trilogy and concludes in an extremely satisfying and exciting way.”
I could not be more excited for this news. It’ll be the third time I’ve bought each respective game, after their original and GOTY releases. Now can we please get Arkham Origins to Xbox One?
What do you think of the news? Are you going to pre-order this? Let me know in the comments below.
Josiah LeRoy is The Geekiverse’s founder. He is the biggest Arkham fan on staff. While awaiting Return to Arkham & Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he is playing through the gorgeous, cinematic Uncharted 4. You can troll him on Xbox Live & PSN via JosiahIsLegend.
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