Batman: Return to Arkham now plans to officially release on October 21 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced.
The collection was originally slated for a release on July 26 but was then delayed to give the developer additional time. This is actually the first time following the delay that we’re hearing from the publisher regarding the impending release.
Batman: Return to Arkham bundles remastered versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, two of the best video game installments in the franchise. Additionally, both games also include all previously released downloadable content and add-ons.
While the original games were developed by Rocksteady Studios, the remastered versions are being handled by Virtuos Ltd.. Most recently, Virtuos brought Heavy Rain on PlayStation 4 as well as the remastered versions of Final Fantasy X/X-2. It has also contributed to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Star Wars: The Force Awakens by creating their assets.
As for the question of just how large a difference there will be between the original versions of the Arkham games and the remastered versions, Warner has released a new comparison video that compares the same sequences side-by-side.
The environments definitely look much better than the original. However, the improved lighting and color have a dire effect on the characters themselves, making them look even worse. Batman’s cape now has specular highlights, making water effects look better. Pools and puddles feature reflections, the overall textures look updated; though, the hair on the characters look questionable.