Will the trend of remastered editions for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One continue with the Batman: Arkham series? That appears to be the case as "reliable sources" with IGN Italy state that Rocksteady's Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are headed to the new-gen consoles.
The surprising news of a Batman: Arkham remaster comes just as Batman: Arkham Knight is in the final stages of development for its June 2 release to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. According to the translation of IGN Italy, the remastered collection of the first two Arkham titles will arrive by "next Christmas."
Meanwhile, Video Gamer is backing this rumor and adding that it understands that both games will run at 1080p.
The scoop on the remastered collection was extremely brief and very light on details. However, Batman: Arkham Origins is conspicuous in its absence. The prequel was the last title in the series released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but it was developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal instead of Rocksteady Studios.
While Arkham Origins was not as well received as the first two games in the series due in part to bugs, a different voice cast, and an end of generation malaise, it's still odd that it would not be included in part of a trilogy. I've sent a request for comment on the rumor to a Warner Bros. Games PR contact, but don't expect much beyond a "We don't comment on rumors and speculation" statement.
Another potential oddity is the fact that the Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City remaster collection will come after the release of Arkham Knight. The trend so far has been to release a remaster prior to the new-gen release of a series. Halo: The Master Chief Collection was released as a way to build hype for Halo 5. Meanwhile, Sony just announced a God of War 3 Remastering for this summer, which will build the hype into God of War IV. However, rumors of a remastered Gears of War collection were effectively nixed, as well.
Batman: Arkham Asylum was originally released in 2009 and finally broke the established trend of disappointingly bad superhero games. The title took place solely in the infamous insane asylum as the Joker takes over Arkham and Batman fights his way through villains like Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Killer Croc to put an end to Joker's plan.
The success of Arkham Asylum led into the much more ambitious Batman: Arkham City in 2011. Gameplay moved from a more linear setting to a completely open world environment. In addition to a larger gameplay space, Rocksteady served up a larger cast of villains to encounter such as Penguin, Two-Face, Hugo Strange, and others, plus the chance to briefly play as Catwoman.
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