Batman: Return to Arkham was “delayed indefinitely” two weeks ago, and the latest stories doing the rounds aren’t quite the ones we were hoping for.
The polished-up next-gen re-release of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City was delayed just a couple of weeks after it was revealed, with WB keeping quiet on a new release date. However, “multiple sources” close to the game have now spoken to Eurogamer about the delay, hinting that we could be waiting until November, if not even later.
Both of the games are being built in Unreal Engine 4, with new support for lighting and better textures – and, as suspected, the delays are reportedly due to the quality of the next-generation remasters – we’re told that frame-rate issues are largely to blame.
Since the dismal launch of the outsourced PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight (which is not included in this bundle), WB is paying close attention to the quality of its releases. While the originals were created by Rocksteady, these new remasters are being worked on by Chinese developer Virtuous Games.
At this stage, Warner Bros continues to remain tight-lipped:
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.
…the problem is, with many Batman fans already having played both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, are they going to bother waiting around for the re-release, or should WB/Rocksteady/Virtuous spend their time on something else instead?