The Batman: Arkham Knight release date has seen two delays now, the first of which sent it from last October to June 2, 2015. Now the game is being delayed again until June 23.
Hot on the heels of a couple of games, I’m particularly excited to see getting (possibly) remastered, Batman: Arkham Asylum and City, it’s unknown why there would be a delay in the latest release. Even the smallest details still have a couple of months to be perfected, and three weeks isn’t going to make much difference.
I’m guessing that Rocksteady and Warner Bros. have other major games due around that time, and they want to give the fans time to appreciate all of them. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Lego Jurassic World are both scheduled for release around that time, with the former being planned for May 19, and the Lego title in June.
Other than a movie tie-in, it’s unclear why Lego Jurassic World would impact the Batman: Arkham Knight release date. Movie tie-ins are usually horrible rush jobs, and I’m not seeing any real competition there.
Another reason for the three week delay could be a possible bundle deal with the rumored Batman: Arkham Asylum and City remastered editions. And Xbox One or PS4 bundle deals with the renowned series would certainly spark a new wave of next generation upgrades among the stubborn gamers still hanging onto their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. With remastered versions of these video game masterpieces possibly being ported to the newer consoles, there won’t be any more reason for Batman fans to hold out.
The opportunity to have the entire Arkham series (aside from Warner Bros.‘ Origins) on one console is just too good to pass up.
No explanations were given for the delay of the Batman: Arkham Knight release date. Given Rocksteady’s track record with the franchise, I believe even a few weeks won’t matter once we get our paws on it.
Are you ready to slip into the virtual cape and cowl once more?
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