Warner Bros. finally lifted the veil on the long speculated remaster of the first two games in Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham trilogy. The reveal came with a trailer, box art, and an official release date. Now the popular Youtube channel Batman Arkham Videos has used footage from the trailer to compare the graphical improvements between the remasters and the original titles. You can view the video below.

 

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The video compares the remastered versions of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City on PS4 and Xbox One to the original titles as they appear on a PC with max settings. The remastered collection is being developed by Virtuos, a studio known for recently remastering Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain.

Since Arkham Asylum launched in August 2009, half-way through the 360 and PS3’s lifecycle, and Arkham City released in October 2011, WB’s promise of “improved graphics as well as upgraded models, environments, lighting effects and shaders” is certainly believable. While the collection looking as good as Batman: Arkham Knight is doubtful, since it was built from the ground up for PS4 and Xbox One (as seen by the infamous PC launch), it’s still impressive to see what Virtuos has accomplished.

Below you can see a few screenshot comparisons, courtesy of Redditor backfire561.

 

 

Batman: Return to Arkham hits PS4 and Xbox One on July 29 for $50. The collection will include updated versions of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, and will feature all previously released downloadable content from both titles. Pre-orders are already live and a website was launched alongside the game’s announcement. There you can see the trailer and even more hi-res images.

Will you be diving into the madness once again in higher graphical fidelity? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Images: Warner Bros.