Visually enhanced versions of the last-gen single player hits Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City are getting bundled and sold for $50 as Batman Return To Arkham, according to the game’s publisher, Warner Brothers.
Warner is promising “improved graphics, as well as upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects and shaders” as well as all of the games’ downloadable content.
The games were developed by Rocksteady and the port is being handled by Virtuos a large but low-profile studio that has done everything from the Heavy Rain port to work on Rey’s speeder in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (!).
The excellent 2009 Asylum plays as a fairly linear adventure on an island where Batman faces off with his most demented enemies and is still considered by some as the best game in the series. It was one of the gaming’s great overachievers, coming out at a time of low expectations for licensed games and stunning players with its smooth melee combat, aggressive stealth, strong voice acting and terrific overall simulation of what it might be like to be Batman prowling after villains. The superb 2011 sequel City is more of an open-world game with even more heroes and villains and playable Catwoman side-sequences.
Return To Arkham is coming out on July 26 release Xbox One and PS4. There’s no PC version, which, well, maybe that’s erring on the safe side. The non-Rocksteady-developed (but still pretty good) Batman Arkham Origins is not included in the remastered bundle.