Batman: Return to Arkham, the Arkham Asylum and Arkham City remastered collection, has been circling the rumor mill for quite some time now. It has been one of those releases the internet has seen coming in lieu of an official announcement, thanks mostly to all manner leaks—including popping up as listings on numerous retail websites. The game was finally declared an “official” reality last Wednesday, leaving many fans wondering what will be different this time around.
Thankfully, the fans have, in part, answered that question themselves. Arkham enthusiasts have put together numerous videos comparing clips from the latest trailer to identical segments comprised of footage from the old PC games, like the near 7-mintue video posted on Batman Arkham Video’s YouTube account yesterday.
The lighting effects have to be one of the more obvious differences. Shadows now encompass character models with more realism, and the beams of light emitted from Scarecrow’s eyes shine with additional golden clarity. The weather has also been adjusted. Rain now dribbles down Batman’s cape and cowl, similar to his latest outing in Arkham Knight. Speaking of the Caped Crusader, the famous suit’s textures have had a noticeable improvement, with more of the fabric’s design now clearly visible.
As many Batman fans will already know, the city of Gotham is as much a character as the heroes and villains who inhabit it. Bruce Wayne’s home has been updated with this in mind: city lights appear as bright beacons in an otherwise murky cityscape. Furthermore, the draw distance has also been greatly expanded upon, allowing the player to see further into the iconic landscape.
Batman: Return to Arkham is slated for a July 26 release. It will also come packaged with all previous DLC, making Batman: Arkham Origins the only game in the series absent from the current generation of consoles. Is Batman’s sleek new look persuading you to plan a return trip to Gotham, or have you already seen enough of this virtual city? Let us know in the comments.