Bad news has been hovering over the Batman Arkham series like the weight of Bruce’s lack of parents. Not only did the PC version of what was otherwise a stellar entry to the series Arkham Knight run poorly, but customers were offered refunds for even digital versions. In fact, I’m not sure if it’s playable to this day. Unfortunately, the trend of unfortunate events continues as Batman: Return to Arkham, which is the remake of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, has been delayed, with no word of an official release date in site.
While this is unfortunate as the game was set to release before the end of summer, this news its actually an assumed reaction to the PC Arkham Knight fiasco. Coming to us from the Warner Bros. Forums, in which one of the staff claims, “We know this is disappointing news, but we feel the extra time will allow the team to create the best gaming experience for our fans.” Thank goodness they’re avoiding shoving it out the door before its 100% ready.
Personally, I’m glad to know that instead of getting a remake that’ll have a weird patching period, Warner Bros seems to be dedicated enough to the legacy Rocksteady created by allowing more time to polish the move from Unreal Engine 3 to the smoother Unreal Engine 4. From what’s been shown of the care put into the models, environments, and even the way each scene is framed, there’s a lot of care already being invested in Return to Arkham. A poor release would ruin all of that effort.
Batman: Return to Arkham will come out presumably before the year is over, also including any of the DLC from those two amazing games. Now let’s see Rocksteady take on Green Lantern or Jonah Hex!