After a string of leaks, Warner Bros. today officially announced that remastered versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The games arrive on July 26 through the Batman: Return to Arkham bundle, which will cost $50/€50/£40.
The first trailer has also been released, showcasing the new graphics and more. Take a look:
The original games were powered by the Unreal Engine 3 (as was Batman: Arkham Knight), but the remasters were made using Unreal Engine 4, representing a first for the series.
Development duties were handed to Chinese company Virtuous, which also co-developed Heavy Rain’s PS4 version and contributed to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Additionally, the company created assets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In addition to the base games, players receive all Game of the Year extras and downloadable content. Overall, Warner Bros. said players can expect “improved graphics” and “upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects, and shaders.”
The first two Batman Arkham games gained near-unanimous praise from critics. GameSpot’s Arkham Asylum review said:”everything about this game–the impressive visuals, stirring soundtrack, superb voice acting, fiendish puzzles, hard-hitting combat–feels like it has been lovingly crafted by a development team that’s both knowledgeable and passionate about the source material.”
Arkham City was also rated highly: “From the speedy exhilaration of soaring high above the streets to the atmospheric thrill of discovering long-forgotten secrets in the tunnels below Gotham, this is an unforgettable adventure that will keep you coming back to the cape and cowl long after you’ve seen the credits roll.”
The latest Batman console game was Batman: Arkham Knight, which came out in June 2015 and has reportedly sold 5 million copies. It was also developed by Rocksteady, and is apparently the last Batman game the UK studio plans to make for the foreseeable future.