After a short delay, the next-gen remaster of the most beloved Batman video games ever made finally has a release date. Batman: Return to Arkham, which takes the first two groundbreaking games of the series – 2009’s Arkham Asylum and 2011’s Arkham City – and updates them for the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One, will be released October 18. Plus, a new trailer with comparisons between the original and the remastered editions.
Produced by Rocksteady, Batman: Arkham, the video game series that redefined not just Batman games but superhero games, broke out onto the scene with Arkham Asylum, pitting the dark knight against a cavalcade of his rogues’ gallery in the infamous madhouse. The sequel expanded to include an entire walled-off section of Gotham as its prison, the titular Arkham City. The series included the iconic voice work of Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (The Joker), formerly of Batman: The Animated Series (and recently reprised again in the animated Batman: The Killing Joke). It concluded last year with the fourth game and the third/final Rocksteady entry, Batman: Arkham Knight. That game was produced for the new generation.
The set was originally announced in June for a late July release but that was cancelled indefinitely while work on the games continued. The word “indefinitely” always does the opposite of “inspiring confidence” but in this case, it seems to have all worked out for the best and, after viewing the trailer, certainly looks worth it. All of the Game of the Year content and DLC from both games will be available. The remastering of the Rocksteady games was outsourced to Virtuos.
Pre-order your bundle today. Check out the trailer below!