Batman: Return to Arkham, a remastering of the critically-acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, is coming this summer. The game is said to feature fully-remastered and updated visuals compared with the first game, with this remaster using the Unreal Engine 4 (as opposed to the Unreal Engine 3 on which the games were originally made).
How much better does Batman: Return to Arkham really look when compared with the originals? Is it worth shelling out $50 to play two of the greatest Batman games in history all over again, or are you better off just breaking out your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360? One Reddit user has done the world a favor by compiling a batch of before-and-after screen shots so that fans can get an honest look at all the improvements.
What the images seem to show is very clear evidence of improved textures and lighting in the remastered versions of the game when compared with the originals. It seems safe to assume that the remastered games will also run at a higher frame rate than the originals, though players will actually need to get their hands on Batman: Return to Arkham to be able to test that out.
You can check out some of the comparison images below and see for yourself. The images on the top are from Batman: Arkham Asylum or Batman: Arkham City, while the images below will be from Batman: Return to Arkham. You can check out the entire batch of images here.
Batman: Return to Arkham is set to be released on July 26 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. When it does, fans will be able to own all of Rocksteady's Batman game trilogy on one console. Batman: Arkham Knight was released in June of 2015 to rave reviews, though the game's barely-functional PC version and disappointing season pass seem to have tarnished the trilogy's otherwise near-spotless reputation.
Batman: Return to Arkham does not include Batman: Arkham Origins, which was the only game in the series to not be developed by Rocksteady.