More Information On Batman: Return To Arkham HD Collection Leaks

Posted: May 9, 2016 in Opinion Piece

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by William Usher via CinemaBlend

Rumors are picking up once again for Batman: Return To Arkham HD Collection after some ads and retailer postings for the HD remaster packs leaked online. Apparently the game will release on June 10th for the Xbox One and the PS4 for $40, assuming the ads are to be trusted.

Game Informer covered the story after it originally broke on Gaming Tree House, where they managed to capture an image from a retailer listing on the Italian version of GameStop. The listing has no box art or images but stated that the game would be available for around $40 and would launch on June 10th for only the Xbox One and PS4.

The listing on the Italian version of GameStop was pulled shortly after being discovered. Gaming Tree House later discovered an ad in an Italian magazine that also showed a listing for Batman: Return To Arkham HD Collection, indicating that the package would be available with both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City packed inside.

Both games will be the full versions and will also come jam packed with all of the DLC that released over their respective lifespans.

I’m sure the most obvious thing about this collection is the fact that it’s not listed for PC. Following the absolutely atrocious debacle last year involving Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and the PC release of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC, it was made pretty clear that the publisher would be stepping back from their PC support. They did so by completely forgoing the release of Mortal Kombat XL on PC and opted not to release any balance patches or additional season 2 DLC for Mortal Kombat X on PC.

It’s kind of unfortunate that PC gamers are being punished because Warner Bros rushed out Batman: Arkham Knight and caused a lot of heartache to paying customers on PC.

However, it’s entirely possible that Warner Bros could later announce a digital PC release of Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection. It’s not entirely impossible that maybe they’re just waiting closer to June to make the announcement official for console and PC gamers… or at least, one can hope.

As for the HD collection containing Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, it has been rumored for quite some time that Warner Bros would attempt to re-release the games in HD. I’m a little shocked that they didn’t include Arkham Origins, though. Maybe they’ll wait it out until the PlayStation Neo and whatever the mid-gen Xbox One refresh is to re-release Arkham Origins and Arkham Knight. If the PS4K or PS Neo is going to tout 4K upscaling then I can easily see a bunch of publishers re-releasing games as 4K renditions, such as Batman: Arkham Knight 4K or what have you.

Anyway, right now the HD collection for the first two Arkham games is still a rumor, but if the June 10th date has any weight to it then we can expect an official announcement from Warner Bros soon enough to verify the claims and make an official announcement for Batman: Return To Arkham HD Collection.

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