After just being announced back in May, Batman: Return to Arkham now has no release date or expected launch window.
Originally scheduled to launch on July 26 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the remastered package containing Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) and Arkkam City (2011) is now delayed for an unknown amount of time.
Steve Grayson, a community moderator for WB Games, posted on the franchise’s official forums explaining the delay is needed to improve the quality of Return to Arkham and there’s currently no new release date set.
“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,” Grayson said.
“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.”
Return To Arkham is supposed to have improved visuals along with updated models for the characters and environments in each game. The two Arkham games are switching over to Unreal Engine 4 in the remaster after being originally developed with Unreal 3 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Return to Arkham will also feature all the downloadable content released for both titles.
Virtuos is handling the port of Rocksteady Studios’ two Batman games. The company has also ported the high-definition remasters of Final Fantasy X/X-2 and this year’s PS4 release of Heavy Rain (2010).
Since its reveal the Arkham remaster has received criticism for some of the characters and graphical details looking visually worse than in the original games. Return to Arkham also doesn’t include the prequel story Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal, which disappointed some fans of the series.
Return to Arkham is scheduled to retail for $49.99 when it releases.
Watch the reveal trailer: