Batman: Return To Arkham Launches October 18th
Batman: Return to Arkham

The laterally improved re-release of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be part of the Batman: Return To Arkham package come October 18th.

If you’re looking at the header image and wondering what’s up with that, it’s because of what was mentioned in the first paragraph: the remastered games have been laterally improved, with upgrades to the environment and lighting but downgrades to the characters and meshes.

Batman Arkham uploaded the recent video from Warner Bros., promoting the new release date for the delayed Batman: Return To Arkham, which was originally due to launch this July. I imagine the complaints about the downgrades from the PS3 to the PS4 and Xbox 360 to Xbox One saw Warner Bros., scrambling to up the fidelity before the game’s fall release.

It’s pretty funny because if you watch the video over on the official WB Games YouTube channel, they have the comments disabled. I mean, obviously that’s the best way to get people pumped for your content, right? Disabling comments and pretending like the criticisms don’t exist. It’s worked wonders for Feminist Frequency… they’ve managed to ride censorship all the way to the bank and from the bank to the U.N.

Anyway, Batman: Return to Arkham will include more than just character downgrades, it will also feature all of the previously released DLC for both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.

Some gamers were a little bummed that Batman: Arkham Origins wasn’t included in the bundle, but that’s because Rocksteady Games didn’t make that version of the game.

It’s kind of strange that they’re re-leasing a last-gen game that was already in HD and doing so with remarkably lower quality assets on some of the content. Yeah, the improved fog effects, the physically based rendering provided by the Unreal Engine 4 and the improved shadow optimizations all make for great looking screenshot bait, but outside of the environments, the lower anisotropic texture filtering and mesh details just makes the whole thing feel like a cheap cash-in.

According to Eurogamer the delay was due to port house Virtuous having trouble maintaining stable frame-rates on the new consoles. It’s no surprise given that the eighth gen twins have been the least impressive consoles in recent times due to how cheap Microsoft and Sony were with the GPU and CPU.

On the plus side, for people who never played the first two Batman: Arkham games you’ll be able to get your hands on them for $50 in the bundle starting next month on October 18th for the Xbox One and PS4.


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  • C G Saturation

    Yeah, just the screenshot in the header shows the Joker seems to lose a lot of detail. Could be the angle of the new lighting. Most of these “remaster” differences seem pretty minor or subtle.

    Everyone seems to just disable comments now. A long while back, I was talking to a Japanese friend about how Japanese seem to be politer online, and they said it’s because Western sites don’t bother moderating properly.

    • LurkerJK

      Imho its a culture/education difference.
      In the East asians are used to be extremely polite to unknown people, their language is even designed to explicitly signal the level of politeness, they only loosen up when they get to know them, they might even ask if they can drop the level before doing it.
      Here in the West we approach unknown ppl with distrust and a feeling of superiority often thinking something like “everyone is an idiot until proven otherwise” and ease into the scatological jokes a little too fast

      The younger the person the higher their feeling of superiority, i remember being baffled two weeks ago when the leader of the youngsters organization of the party in office here gave an interview where he mentioned the country capital governor (and his superior) , he said “If the baldie doesn’t go for the reelection, i’ll take it myself”

      “the baldie” …. thats how he calls his boss while talking to the media … on camera… and NOBODY said ANYTHING about it, in some eastern countries he would have been sacked right there, in the past he might have lost his tongue or head too, you expect this kind of guy to be polite while wearing the anon cape ?

      • C G Saturation

        Yeah, I’ve noticed it’s really hard to talk to Western people because most of them assume everyone but themselves is a stupid idiot. My words often get taken out of context, treated as if I have no brain, and then I get a dumb rhetorical response.

  • Gorgon

    >upgrades to the environment and lighting but downgrades to the characters and meshes

    Just how limited consoles really are? I mean, come on. WB is really dropping the ball with their quality control.