Just one month after their announcement, the next-gen versions of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City have been pushed back until further notice.
Falling in line with the majority of announcements in 2016 thus far, remastered versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were leaked through international retailers and early listings on both the PSN Store and Xbox Live. Batman: Return to Arkham was officially revealed in May with a trailer, and was already scheduled to release in July. As with the Metro Redux bundle for consoles and PC, Return to Arkham will feature both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City in one package complete with all DLC for both titles; both games will be reworked in Unreal Engine 4 with 1080p 60fps presentations. Batman: Arkham Origins and 2015’s Arkham Knight are not included, as Origins is under developer WB Games Montreal, while the former released exclusively for next-gen and PC.
A new community forum post from WB Games’s Steve Grayson reveals that Batman: Return to Arkham is no longer scheduled to release next month, nor does it have an official release window. It could be in part due to fan-feedback and visual criticisms following the reveal trailer, however WB Games and remaster developer Virtuos Games have delayed Return to Arkham in order to “deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience”. The announcement is rather sudden considering the time frame between Return to Arkham‘s announcement and the initial release date, however Grayson states that “the extra time will allow the team to create the best gaming experience for [their] fans”.
Batman: Return to Arkham currently has no release date, however the remastered bundle will release exclusively to the Xbox One and PS4.