There had been a lot of talks and leaks for quite some time now about the remaster of Batman games. Finally Warner Bros. has put an end to all this speculations and announced that both Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) and Batman: Arkham City (2011) will get remastered versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
They will introduce the Batman: Return to the Arkham bundle which will consist both the games on July 26. The bundle will cost $50/€50/£40
The Batman series, for the first time will see use of Unreal Engine 4 as the remastered versions are based on it. The previous Batman games were powered by Unreal Engine 3.
Publishers, Warner Bros. have assigned the developmental works to Chinese studio Virtuos, who has contributed to big names like Uncharted 4 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They have also co-developed the PlayStation 4 version of Heavy Rain along with Quantic Dream.
According to the publisher, the remastered version will have “improved graphics, upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects, and shaders.” The players will also get all Game of the Year extras and DLCs along with the bundle. Notably, 2013 release Batman: Arkham Origins will not be a part of this bundle.
Numerous leaks and rumors had been emerging since a year for the remastered versions of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, with the latest of them being retailer leaks.
The first two games of the Batman series, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City were highly praised by the critics. Both the game had nice graphics, action, sounds, voice acting, missions, and combats. However, it will be interesting to see how the remastered versions of both the games fares in current generation consoles.
A trailer, which exhibits new graphics and other features of the bundle was also released. You can have a look at it below:
The last Batman game to be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was Batman: Arkham Knight, which was released in mid 2015. The game was a critical as well as a commercial success and sold over 5 million copies.