'Batman: Return to Arkham' release date revealed: what to expect

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DC Comics fans can now relive, in revamped visual quality, Batman’s adventures in the “serious house on serious earth” that is Arkham with the upcoming high definition remastered collection “Batman: Return to Arkham.”

Warner Bros. announced a collection through a promotional video, featuring details about what is included in the collection and showcasing the new graphical updates done to them. According to the announcement trailer, the “Batman: Return to Arkham” collection will be released to the public on July 26.

The remastered collection is slated to include the first two games in the franchise, “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City,” and “all the DLCs ever released.” Not included is the series’ last game, “Batman: Arkham Knight,” likely because it is still relatively new, and the prequel “Batman: Arkham Origins,” speculated to not be included because it was developed by Warner Bros. Games’ Montreal studio instead of Rocksteady.

One of the collection’s biggest advertised draws is the improvements to the older games’ graphics. All of the games in the “Batman: Arkham” series were created on the Unreal Engine 3 game engine, even “Batman: Arkham Knight,” but the remastered versions in the “Batman: Return to Arkham” collection were overhauled with the newer Unreal Engine 4.

To illustrate the difference with the new versions’ graphics, Reddit user blackfire561 shared a series of images comparing the scenes featured in the announcement trailer to their original versions from the previous games.

Posted side-by-side on Imgur, the trailer screenshots clearly featured the changes made to the games’ graphics like remade textures, contrast, and lighting.

The announcement came after a series of leaks revealed the collection earlier than expected. First signs of the collection appeared in April when a listing appeared on the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) site, the organization that age rates video games in Europe.

That was followed earlier this month by a series of images, posted on Imgur, showing pictures of an Italian magazine featuring details about the collection.

Set a mere week after the much-awaited animated film adaptation of “Batman: The Killing Joke’s” July 23 release, “Batman: Return to Arkham” releases July 26 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.