After being leaked earlier in the month, it’s now finally official: a remastered collection of the first two Rocksteady Batman: Arkham games is coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One on July 27.
Titled Batman: Return to Arkham and developed by porting studio Virtuos, the collection comprises of 2009’s Arkham Asylum and 2011’s Arkham City which will both boast improved graphics, upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects and shaders. All the DLC for both titles will be included as well.
Some of those graphics changes can be seen in the reveal trailer, however without the two games side by side and, you know, actually playing them, it’s a little hard to see how significant the upgrade will be.
Publisher Warner Bros’ announcement, according to IGN, also said that Virtuos are porting the games over to Unreal Engine 4, a first for the franchise since 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight was running Unreal Engine 3. Again, as for what kind of impact that will have on the games’ visual quality will have to wait to be seen.
The timing of this might seem odd as remasters of old generation games have usually been released in the lead up to a current generation sequel, and the great (provided you didn’t buy it on PC) Batman: Arkham Knight came out last year. But with the upcoming animated film adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, which features the games’ stars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill in their roles as Batman and Joker, releasing around the same time it kind of makes sense. I imagine they’ll be cross promotion aplenty included in those game cases.