Well this is unexpected, but doesn't come at a surprise. Warner Bros. games have decided to delay their upcoming HD remaster of Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, which was originally going to release in July 29th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In statement released on the Warner Bros. games forums they explained:
After reviewing the progress of the project, the team at WB Games has decided to delay the release of Batman: Return to Arkham to give the team at Virtuos Games additional time to deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience. We do not have a release date yet and will be sure to communicate that once we are sure the game will be ready. We know this is disappointing news, but we feel the extra time will allow the team to create the best gaming experience for our fans.
Have to admit, for once Warner Bros. are doing the right thing. When the remaster was originally revealed it was boasted to be a fully revamped remastering of both games, with better graphics and running on the new Unreal Engine 4. Sounded exciting at first, then we saw the trailer...
Oh dear, it didn't bode well. With a plethora of comparisons to the originals made after, it looked worse than the original console releases, even if it did boast being made in Unreal Engine 4 it still didn't stop it from looking like a tacky cash-grab.
Nonetheless, there is hope. Although don't expect any groundbreaking changes, but we'd imagine the extra time will give the team at Virtuous game the chance to redeem themselves and provide the best remastered version of these amazing titles we deserve.