Return to Arkham, a remastered bundle of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum and its follow-up Batman: Arkham City includes all DLC and was set to release July 31 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, the game was then delayed with no indication of when it would return – until now.
Eurogamer has heard from multiple sources that the remastered collection may now be releasing in November at the earliest. However, even this release window may fall through, sources say. Which raises the question: why did Rocksteady announce that the collection would release later this month to then delay the game indefinitely shortly after?
Eurogamer was told the reason for Return to Arkham’s delay centres around the quality of the port from Chinese developer Virtuous Games, with frame-rate mentioned as a major issue. It’s possible that the delay may also have occurred due to fans pointing out that some areas of the game looked better in the originals than they did in remastered versions.
In a statement given to Eurogamer, publisher Warner Bros. are still keeping rather quiet about the whole ordeal:
“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,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson reiterated to us.
“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.”