Since before Batman: Arkham Knight came out last year, the release of the last-gen Arkham games on PS4 and Xbox One has been one of the industry’s worse kept secrets. Now, an Italian magazine has leaked the box art above.
The image confirms both the European art and the rumors that the collection, officially titled Batman: Return to Arkham, includes the first two Rocksteady-developed games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
According to an email sent to Eurogamer last month, the collection boasts “updated visuals optimised for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One” along with the requisite inclusion of all previous DLC updates to the games. Multiple sources, including an Italian Gamespot listing, gathered at IGN suggest that the collection is scheduled for release on June 10.
Batman: Return to Arkham is a slightly misleading title for the re-release, as it forgoes the usual language of “Definitive Edition” or “HD Collection” usually associated with last-gen ports. Releasing old games again on new systems is a good way to fill a slot that otherwise has no new title attached, and Warner Bros. Interactive has a lighter-on catalogue this year compared with 2015, which included Mortal Kombat X, Batman: Arkham Knight and Mad Max only a few months apart from each other.
The overwhelming critical praise and popularity of the first two entries means that not including the third game, Arkham Origins — the only in the main series developed by Warner Montreal and not Rocksteady — is unlikely to hurt Warner Bros.
Arkham Asylum and City were some of the most technically advanced and mechanically accomplished single player games of their generation, so seeing them on the new consoles might make it worth buying them again. For more on Batman: Return to Arkham, use detective vision to keep your eyes on OnlySP.