Back in May, we reported that the first two games in the Arkham franchise were being remastered for XBox One and PS4. Originally scheduled for release in July, Batman: Return to Arkham was to bring both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City onto the same consoles as the final game in the trilogy, Arkham Knight. Roughly a month later, it was announced that the project was being pushed back indefinitely, mirroring the delay of Arkham Knight from a year before.
Thanks to this video Rocksteady and WB Games have released, we have some great news. Indefinitely now means October 18. Fans that want to re-immerse themselves in the Arkham world HD style don’t have to wait as long as they thought. Not only are we presented with a launch date, but also a side-by-side comparison of the games between their original PS3 versions and their PS4 counterparts.
This scene from Arkham Asylum shows the Dark Knight sneaking up on one of the inmates. More detail has been added to the environment; note how Gotham City has so much more detail in the background in the PS4 version. If we look hard enough while playing, we may be able to see landmarks from places we travel to during later games.
Batman’s costume in the PS4 version is much darker than in the previous game. His facial structure also looks to better match that of his Arkham Knight incarnation.
It looks like the goal of the remastered version is to match the feel of Arkham Knight as much as possible. This will be great if you are planning on marathoning the entire trilogy’s story mode and get a complete Arkham experience all at once.
So what do you think? Are you ready to return to the world of Arkham? Are the enhancements shown above worth paying for the game again? Let me know on Twitter or sound off in the comments below.
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