Another former handheld exclusive is getting an HD re-release. Warner Bros. today confirmed that Batman: Arkham Origins – Blackgate will be available on last-gen consoles and on PC through Steam starting April 2. As if the title wasn’t long enough, the game will add “Deluxe Edition” to its name and include enhanced HD graphics, 5.1 surround sound, a new map, a least one new skin, and some gameplay alterations such as a map and hint system. The release of Arkham Origins – Blackgate was rumored starting as early as January when a Steam stat page mentioned “Blackgate HD”, and again in late March when a leaked list of upcoming Xbox Live Arcade titles listed it among a few other unannounced games.

Originally released in October of 2013 on the Nintendo DS and Playstation Vita, Batman: Arkham Origins – Blackgate is a 2.5D, side-scrolling, Metroid-Vania style exploration beat-em-up game. Did ya get all that? It’s story is set entirely in the notorious prison for the worst-of-the-worst criminals known as Blackgate, three months following the events of Arkham Origins. It goes some way to show how Batman became as hardened as he did so early in his crime-fighting career. The original game received mixed scores and is generally viewed as being mostly good in certain places, but not very well put together in others. No word yet if the Deluxe Edition will fix any of the bugs many players have experienced.


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