Holy indefinite delays, Batman! This morning we learned that WB Games has decided to delay Batman: Return to Arkham from its previous July 26th release date. The worst part is that they didn’t give the game a new release date after announcing this delay.
WB Games made the announcement on their forums:
“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 Virtuous 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.”
Virtuous Games is the studio that is behind the port to bring both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to current-gen consoles. Obviously, Return to Arkham wasn’t living up to WB’s standard, so they decided to give Virtuous Games more time.
Delays are almost always a good thing and, more often than not, help improve the final product. What’s most interesting about this delay, however, is the lack of a new release date. With the avalanche of Q4 games quickly approaching, does WB really want to release a remastered collection of games and compete with other new titles? One would have to think that Return to Arkham wouldn’t sell as well as hoped if it was released during a competitive quarter. The former release date of July 26th was perfect because there wasn’t really anything else coming out around that time. Is it possible that this game could get delayed until 2017?
When we get more word on what Return to Arkham’s new release date is, we will be sure to let you know. Until then, let’s just hope that this is the delay that we deserve, even if it’s not the one we need right now.