Remasters and collections are the rage when it comes to the newest generation of console games. From The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation to the Halo collection for the Xbox; seems like there won’t be a need for backwards compatibility by the time it’s finally in full swing on both major consoles. Warner Bros and Rocksteady games are reportedly releasing Batman: Return to Arkham HD Collection on June 10 to add to the growing library of barley nostalgia.
Reportedly, the game will collect Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City along with all the additional DLC released for both titles. While not fully remastered, both games are said to have optimized visuals. Not found in the collection; Batman: Arkham Knight which in turn makes sense for the publisher considering it has yet to release a Game of the Year Edition for the award winning finale of the Rocksteady trilogy. Players will also be missing WB Games Montreal’s Arkham Origins, which was not as well received by critics and gamers alike.
Take this all with a grain of salt as these reports come by way of an email sent to Eurogamer from a Gamestop employee. A collection such as this wouldn’t be a stretch as it’s been rumored for quite some time now. Typically a game with the accolades and sales of Batman: Arkham Knight would get a GOTY edition which collects Arkham Knight and its six months worth of additional content on one disc. It wouldn’t be much of a tax to have that disc include Rocksteady’s previous generation classics as a bonus. On the other hand Rocksteady could put out two games this year between a collected Asylum/City and a sole GOTY Arkham Knight, but that’s not a move which would generate good publicity for WB Games.
We won’t have to wait long to find out as according to the report pre-orders for the Asylum/City collection open tomorrow. If the rumor doesn’t prove to be true, expect an official announcement on an actual collection to be made closer to E3 in June.