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WB Games has announced that Batman: Return to Arkham, the PS4 and Xbox One re-release of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, will be released on October 18. The compilation was previously scheduled to launch this Summer, but it was pushed back so developer Virtuos could have enough time to “deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience.”
To show fans just how far the porting process to Unreal Engine 4 has come, WB Games also unveiled a new Side-By-Side Comparison Trailer today to showcase Return to Arkham’s “improved graphics, upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects, and shaders.” Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were originally developed using Unreal Engine 3, and the generational leap seems very apparent in the video embedded above.
Priced at $49.99, Batman: Return to Arkham will also include all previously-released downloadable content for both games.
I guess Batman wasn’t prepared for this one…
WB Games has announced that Batman: Return to Arkham, a remastered compilation of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for the PS4 and Xbox One, will miss it’s originally scheduled July 26 release date. Steve Grayson, one of WB’s community moderators, delivered the bad news on the game’s official forum by citing concerns about the quality of the game as it exists right now:
After reviewing the progress of the project, the team at WB Games has decided to delay the release of Batman: Return to Arkham to give the team at [Virtuos] Games additional time to deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience.
Even though Return to Arkham was announced just five weeks ago, Grayson also revealed that WB Games isn’t ready to commit to a new release date just yet:
We do not have a release date yet and will be sure to communicate that once we are sure the game will be ready. We know this is disappointing news, but we feel the extra time will allow the team to create the best gaming experience for our fans.
On a slightly different Bat-Channel, Telltale recently announced they expect to launch all five episodes in their Batman series by the end of the year.
It’s almost fitting that WB Games’s big Batman: Return to Arkham announcement was spoiled by a series of leaks… the Batcave is often less secure than a child’s piggy bank.
The Dark Knight will indeed return this July in a two-game compilation that’ll bring Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City to the PS4 and Xbox One for the first time. The package is priced at $49.99, and it’ll include all previously-released downloadable content for both games. Virtuos will handle the PS4 and Xbox One upgrade, which will include enhanced and updated character models, environments, lighting, effects, and shaders.
Batman: Return to Arkham will be available in stores on July 26.
Rocksteady sent us all on a wild ride back when Batman: Arkham Asylum first launched, finally giving the world a chance to properly squeeze on that rubber cowl and proclaim, “I’m Batman!” Two sequels (and a WB Games Montreal-helmed prequel and an Armature-developed side-scrolling spinoff) later, the future of the series is still very much up in the air now that its original developer has stepped away… or have they? Regardless, it seems likely that someone will continue the legacy of the Bat, but what direction could the series possibly take? Well… I’m glad you asked, hypothetical Internet stranger! (more…)
According to Hollywood Reporter, there’s a Batman: Arkham Asylum animated film coming, which will be based on the Arkham video game franchise. Jay Oliva, who is building a shared continuity of DC animated films beginning with this month’s Justice League: War, will direct the film. The new Batman: Arkham film is considered a “stand-alone, continuity-free project,” and is due to come out as a Warner Bros. home release sometime in 2014. Oliva was quoted as saying: “We can do original content, we can do New 52 [based on the New 52 DC line] stuff.”
As of right now, it’s unknown if the film will be based on Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, or Arkham Origins.
Ready for another weekly dose of new PlayStation downloads? Here’s what’s new on the PlayStation Store this week…
- Lego Lord of the Rings (PS3) – Just in time for your Hobbit after-viewing party comes the Lego version of Tolkien’s trilogy.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) – Batman’s first adventure inside Arkham is now on the PS Store.
- Kareteka (PS3) – Martial arts remake from the creator of Prince of Persia.
- Zombie Driver HD (PS3) – Overhead driving game where you have to… drive over zombies!
- Bully, Red Dead Revolver, and Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix – A trio of Rockstar-published PS2 Classics.
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Vita) – Sonic and company are back for another round of racing.
Batman won’t just be stalking the streets on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this Fall as DC Comics has announced they’ll be producing a six-issue miniseries that will bridge the gap between Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.
The miniseries will begin this May and it’ll be written by Paul Dini (the creative mind behind both games) and drawn by Arkham Asylum/Arkham City concept artist Carlos D’anda. You can spy a sneak peak of the cover to your left (a variant using in-game graphics will also be available).
Dini and D’anda will explore the yearlong gap between the games over the six issue miniseries (which will also be available as digital downloads) as well as in four “digital-first” interludes. These interludes will run eight pages and be offered exclusively as a digital download for $0.99 each. They will make their print debut as part of the Batman: Arkham City collector’s edition.
Doesn’t quite top a life-size batarang, but I’m sure WB Games will include plenty of other goodies in the Arkham City collector’s edition.