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Batman: Return to Arkham has been officially announced after its leak last month. Warner Bros. have revealed the release of a Batman collection containing Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. The two games bundled will be remastered for the current gen consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Batman: Return to Arkham will not be released on the PC.

Warner Bros. used the words,

visually enhanced and recreated for a new generation in Batman: Return to Arkham.

It is worth mentioning Batman: Arkham Origins, which was not developed by Rocksteady, has been omitted from this collection. Origins has always been treated as an outlier by Warner Bros. Even leading up to the release of Batman: Arkham Knight Rockstready didn’t seem to even acknowledge it’s existence. 

Batman: Return to Arkham is set to be released July 26th 2016. It will include all the DLC released for the two games as well as graphical improvements. A trailer has been released, which can be seen below, that shows these improvements.

Rocksteady is not making the remakes. Instead, it is being made by Virtuos who are known for HD remakes, with Final Fantasy X/X 2 HD and the recently released Heavy Rain HD on PlayStation 4 among their many games. Virtuos will be moving the games to Unreal Engine 4 which is what Warner Bros. mean when they say “visually enhanced and recreated” as it is being rebuilt on the new engine.

It was back in 2009 that Batman: Arkham Asylum was first released, it took place in the notorious Arkham Asylum where the Joker had taken over and Batman spent the night trying to stop his mischievous plan. In 2011 its sequel Batman: Arkham City was released, and this time, the game was set in a section of Gotham that had been barricaded up from the rest of the city and turned into a huge prison called Arkham City. Both games were released to critical acclaim and commercial success. 

Batman: Return to Arkham will cost £40/$50/€50 and will be released July 26th on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

How do you feel about these two games being re-released for the current consoles? Would you’ve preferred they include Batman: Arkham Origins in the collection? What do you think of the graphical improvements made to the two games shown in the trailer? Let us know in the comments.

Sam Mcarthur-Mclean

Staff Writer

Writer for TechRaptor since 2014. An avid follower of the gaming industry that loves to write about it. Currently a student. From Glasgow, Scotland.

  • ParasiteX

    Nice, does this mean we can also expect shitty PC ports of these versions?! Oh Goody!

  • jaygerbomb

    Well gee, thanks for skipping PC entirely this time instead of releasing another half assed broken port, WB.

  • mrwizeass

    Well, considering you can already get both games at what will presumably be a fraction of the cost on Steam, does WB really need to make a PC version?

  • SureManThanks

    “Would you HAVE preferred”

  • oldirtybaron

    Seems neat. I’ll wait to see if there are any issues before picking it up, though.

  • ParasiteX

    It depends mostly on what they are releasing is the same version on PC or something “enhanced”. In any case, they will probably think of some way of milking out cash from PS users.

  • Buddydudeguy

    “new generation”…only goes to potatos HAHA, wtf?

  • garf02

    RE-release this gen are just cheap excuses to give the masses something to play while native gen games are made.

    also quick cash in too

  • Jor-el Martinez

    i actually paid in full in pre order including the promised batmobile in the arkham knight. Got al my money back from the store and told by the owner to stay away from the batman pc port. Well the witcher 3 came and all was forgotten. Blood and wine in 2 more weeks!

  • Dindu Nuffin

    “Batman: Return to Arkham will not be released on the PC”

    Of course it won’t. PC already has the HD versions, plus they’re regularly on sale for five bucks each.

    As for constant console remakes? Why the hell not! Shovelling so much stuff onto a system doesn’t dilute software sales for other games, does it? It’s not as if triple A isn’t hitting sales expectations already.

    Erm… :S

  • Dindu Nuffin

    Indeed. I bought both GOTY versions on PC for £3.74 each a few years ago. That’s about five bucks in Burgerland money.

  • Also Known As

    LOL do the Brits really call the US “Burgerland”??

  • Dindu Nuffin

    It’s from American dollars being called “burger bucks.” Ours are known as Britbongs or Britbucks.

    It’s all harmless fun. 🙂

  • Smoky_the_Bear

    It’s a collection of 2 games which you can get for dirt cheap already. I don’t see the need for this on PC.

  • Smoky_the_Bear

    Yeah if they’d not failed at backwards compatibility then it wouldn’t have been a problem I guess but I don’t think it dilutes anything. The massive PC back catalogue doesn’t dilute current releases at all it’s just a very good thing to have imo. Especially when you consider that PS3/XBox 360 era games don’t really look very dated due to the slowdown in technical progression.

  • LimmyWinks

    Disappointed Origins isn’t part of this. Yes, I know it was made by another company, but it’s still very much part of the canon of the Arkham games.

  • Heresy Hammer

    So wait they won’t include origins because it wasn’t made by rocksteady. But at the same time the re-releases aren’t made by or supervised by rocksteady either.

  • jaygerbomb

    As far as we know now, but they’ll likely add some sort of new content, and PC owners will miss out once again, as we did with Mortal Kombat X.

  • Smoky_the_Bear

    It’s not a commonly used phrase, no. I wouldn’t say it’s how we refer to you.

  • Also Known As

    I’m not insulted, I think it’s pretty hilarious. Thanks for the clarification, however 🙂

  • mrwizeass

    It looks like it’s just a re-release for current gen consoles. This is the biggest reason I’m a PC gamer. Fuck having to rebuy my games!