Prepare to dive into the Dark Knight’s world all over again. Today Warner Bros. Interactive announced remastered versions of 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum and 2011’s Batman: Arkham City. Both critically acclaimed games are being bundled together as Batman: Return to Arkham.
Return to Arkham will feature improved graphics and upgraded models and environments. The remastered versions were updated to Unreal Engine 4, taking full advantage of modern lighting and shaders. The 2-in-1 bundle will include all previously released DLC for both games (Game of the Year editions). It’s coming for Playstation 4 and Xbox One on July 26 for $49.99.
The trailer shows off Batman’s always impressive rogue’s gallery. Both games are considered some of the best superhero video games ever made. Arkham Asylum takes its cues from BioShock – pitting Batman in a story-driven hostile environment filled with traps, enemies, and secrets. Arkham City expanded the gameplay with a much larger area filled with side quests. Just about every Batman villain makes an appearance between the first two games of the Arkham series.
The successful series continued with prequel Batman: Origins in 2013, and last year’s Batman: Arkham Knight, which ended the original trilogy. Arkham Knight, which added a drive-able batmobile, was not quite as well received as past titles.
The PC version of Arkham Knight was infamously buggy and unplayable, and had to be removed from Steam at one point. No PC version of Batman: Return to Arkham has been announced.
If you missed them the first time, Batman: Return to Arkham looks like a great excuse to visit (or revisit) some of the best games of the previous generation.