Batman: Arkham Asylum arrived in 2009, blowing us all away with its fantastic story, design, characters, and, of course, gameplay. The game spawned several sequels, prequels, and even an animated film.
After Rocksteady delivered its final game in the series — Batman: Arkham Knight — for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, many fans were left wondering what was left in the successful saga. The answer came in the form of Batman: Return to Arkham — a remaster of the first two video games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City — for current-gen consoles.
The remasters were set to be released on July 21, 2016. Now, unfortunately, it seems that will no longer be the case. Today, Warner Bros. Games has announced that Batman: Return to Arkham has been delayed indefinitely. The announcement was made on the Warner Bros. Games forum by moderator, Steve Grayson:
"After reviewing the progress of the project, the team at WB Games has decided to delay the release of Batman: Return to Arkham to give the team at Virtuous Games additional time to deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience. We do not have a release date yet and will be sure to communicate that once we are sure the game will be ready. 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."
While this announcement is quite shocking considering how close we were to its release, there is some controversy that's been surrounding this remaster since its trailer was released. Many fans pointed to the fact that the original graphics looked far more polished than the remastered version. This could have been referenced by the "deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience" statement.
Personally, being a huge fan of the series, I think it's great that they're taking the time to deliver the best version of this game, especially with the news we're getting Batman: Arkham VR. The case with many remastered versions is that there isn't much difference between them and their original counterparts to validate their price, so it's great to know Warner Bros. Games is taking this project seriously.
Either way, one thing's for sure: We will just have to wait to see what's next. But what do you think?