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Classic Batman: Arkham Games Get Remastered In Return To Arkham

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Classic Batman: Arkham Games Get Remastered In Return To Arkham

Fans of the incredibly popular “Batman: Arkham” series of video games now have plenty of reason to return to the game’s mean streets. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced the release of “Batman: Return to Arkham” — a game bundle pairing “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City” together. And these aren’t the games as players remember them, either; each one has been remastered by Virtuos and made available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And that goes for all the downloadable content from each game, too.

The “Return to Arkham” remastered edition features improved graphics and updated models, environments, lighting, effects and shaders “Arkham Asylum” kicked off the highly popular series of games in 2009, with the follow-up “Arkham City” arriving in 2011. Both games were developed by Rocksteady Studios.

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“’Batman: Arkham Asylum’ and ‘Batman: Arkham City’ are two classic games from one of the world’s premier studios and we’ve worked diligently with Virtuos to deliver an experience that fans will equally enjoy on the current generation of consoles,” said Steven Chiang, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Production and Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in the press release. “We’re excited for players to delve deep into these games, whether they’ve already experienced the games or are jumping in for the first time.”

The remastered “Batman: Return to Arkham” experience is available in North America now. “Return to Arkham” retails for $49.99. The “Return to Arkham” package will be available in Australia and New Zealand on October 19 and will expand to other countries on October 21.

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Official Press Release

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES BATMAN™: RETURN TO ARKHAM

Critically Acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City Remastered by Virtuos for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One Available Now in North America

Burbank, Calif. – Oct. 18, 2016 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that Batman™: Return to Arkham, which bundles award-winning Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City,is available now in North America for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

The new release is remastered by Virtuos and brings the two critically acclaimed games, including all Game of the Year and downloadable content from both titles, to the current generation of consoles with improved graphics, as well as upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects and shaders. Batman: Return to Arkham launches in Australia and New Zealand Oct. 19 and other international territories Oct. 21 for a suggested retail price of $49.99/€49.99/£39.99.

“Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are two classic games from one of the world’s premier studios and we’ve worked diligently with Virtuos to deliver an experience that fans will equally enjoy on the current generation of consoles,” said Steven Chiang, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Production and Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We’re excited for players to delve deep into these games, whether they’ve already experienced the games or are jumping in for the first time.”

Originally developed by Rocksteady Studios and released in 2009 to a 92 Metacritic score, Batman: Arkham Asylum is where it all started. The game set the stage for DC’s “Arkhamverse” that fans know and love today, and introduced players to a unique, dark and atmospheric adventure that takes players to the depths of Arkham Asylum. Featuring an original story, gamers can move in the shadows, instill fear amongst their enemies and confront The Joker and Gotham City’s most notorious villains, including Harley Quinn, Bane, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow, who have taken over the asylum.

Batman: Arkham City is Rocksteady Studios’ 2011 follow-up that builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum. Earning a 96 Metacritic score, the game sends players soaring through the expansive Arkham City – the maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Featuring an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals including Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze and many others, the game allows players to experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight and deliver justice to those confined within Arkham City.

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