After several leaks, Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that graphically remastered versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game will arrive through the Batman: Return to Arkham bundle. The new title will feature updated graphics, crisper resolutions, sharper textures, and improve frame rates, as well as all of the DLC for both games.
“The critically acclaimed games that were developed by Rocksteady Studios will be brought to the current generation of consoles with help from Virtuos.” Originally the games were powered by the Unreal Engine 3 made for older console platforms, The remasters included in Batman: Return to Arkham will use Unreal Engine 4.
Earlier on Rocksteady and Warner Bros. released Batman: Arkham Knight for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, although the console versions gained praise from critics and fans alike, the PC version however was highly criticized due to major performance issues, even on high-end graphics hardware. Even though several updates were rolled out to fix the performance glitches, it never seemed to live up to its potential.
This remastered bundle will enable current console owners have an experience of the whole Arkham trilogy all in one place. The game will be released in the US on 26 July for US$50 and later in the UK on 29 July for £40. Click Pre-order to get Batman: Return to Arkham now.
Batman: Arkham is a series of action-adventure video games based on the DC Comics character Batman, developed by Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Games Montréal, and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The first game, Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), focuses on Batman trying to prevent Joker from destroying Gotham City after he takes control of Arkham Asylum and is forced to contend with numerous other villains he has incarcerated. The second game, Arkham City (2011), is set a year later, after Hugo Strange expands Arkham into a massive super-prison enclosing a dilapidated segment of Gotham City; Batman is incarcerated and must uncover the secret behind Strange’s sinister scheme, “Protocol 10”, while dying from an illness inflicted by Joker. Arkham Origins (2013) is a prequel set five years before the events of Arkham Asylum in which a younger and less-refined Batman must deal with a bounty that has been placed on him by crime lord Black Mask and has lured eight deadly assassins to Gotham on Christmas Eve, but must also uncover the mystery of the Joker. The fourth installment, Batman: Arkham Knight (2015), is Rocksteady’s conclusion to the series. Set one year after the events of Arkham City, Arkham Knight sees Batman facing Scarecrow along with the mysterious Arkham Knight (and his militia), who have seized control of Gotham in a plan to destroy Batman, both physically and mentally, as well as the city.