Earlier this week, it was announced that Batman: Return to Arkham was ‘indefinitely delayed.’
This was supposed to be a remastered compilation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and all of their DLC.
This delay has me wondering. The game was supposed to be released at the end of this month (July 2016), now, who knows? They haven’t bothered to state another date or time period.
When the 1st trailer & images were revealed, I wasn’t impressed. The games didn’t look pretty. Not in the way they should, anyhow. These games are being remade from the ground up with Unreal Engine 4. There’s a lot of work involved, it’s not like most remasters where they slap on a fresh coat of paint and release it. Perhaps that’s why it’s delayed.
Another reason why it might be delayed is that there’s a glaring omission. Batman: Arkham Origins isn’t included. Arkham Origins is the least liked game of the series & the only game not made by Rocksteady, which might explain the omission. But it would be nice if the delay is happening in order for this game to also get a remaster & for the compilation to be the definitive collection. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part, because I liked Arkham Origins. It would explain the delay & the lack of a release date though.
Another possible reason is that the most recent game, Arkham Knight, had a pretty horrendous release (on PC). Maybe they just want to avoid another incident like that & the delay might allow them to remove bugs & glitches.
The delay could also be in order to capitalise or even avoid the release of Arkham VR, which is made by Rocksteady & scheduled for release later this year.
The bottom line is that this delay is worrisome. Hopefully, it’s being done for a good reason like the addition of Arkham Origins or the removing of glitches etc, but it could very well be a sign that this remaster is bad, filled with problems or maybe even on its way to being cancelled.