Well that didn’t take long. Just a few weeks after a GameStop employee confirmed the existence of Batman: Return To Arkham -- an upcoming collection of remastered Arkham content for PS4 and Xbox One -- an Italian magazine finally provided concrete information on the HD Arkham Asylum and Arkham City remasters being prepped by Rocksteady Studios. And it sounds like fans can expect to see both hit current-gen platforms in a matter of weeks.
The latest word on Batman: Return To Arkham comes courtesy of the Italian arm of WB Games’ own magazine, the latest issue of which features a full two-page spread on the unannounced bundle. While none of us on staff here at iDigi speak Italian, making it impossible for us translate the full text of the advertisement, there’s not much question about the platforms (PS4, Xbox One) or the June 10 launch date listed in the magazine. Granted, that date doesn’t line up with the date mentioned on a GameStop Italy listing (June 6); however, this would hardly be the first time a game was released on different days in Europe and North America.
According to the magazine , Batman: Return To Arkham will only feature HD remakes of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City ; the two Rockstead-helmed Arkham titles originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The bundle won’t include Arkham Origins , which was developed by WB Games Montreal, or last year’s Batman: Arkham Knight . While the former’s omission isn’t shocking, given Rocksteady’s general refusal to acknowledge its existence, it’s a bit surprising to see Arkham Knight excluded. Even if the game was already released on current-gen platforms. We’re also a bit surprised to see that Batman: Return To Arkham doesn’t look like it’s getting a PC release. It’s not entirely shocking, given the numerous issues surrounding Arkham Knight ’s debut, but the news is still sure to disappointment diehard fans who prefer PC gaming.
Batman: Return To Arkham is believed to be in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The bundle is expected to debut sometime this June.
Be sure to check back with iDigitalTimes.com for additional coverage of the Arkham franchise throughout 2016 and however long Rocksteady continues to support its Batman games in the years to come.