European Wii U owners aren't getting the Deluxe Edition of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate until later in April, Warner Bros. revealed today. A press release confirmed the enhanced re-release of last year's 2.5D bat-former is still coming to Wii U today in North America as well as PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, but the European Wii U version won't hit until later in the month. That delayed date may well be April 17, if the launch trailer's YouTube description is anything to go by.
The Wii U version was previously slated to release alongside the other platforms, and Warner Bros. didn't note a reason for the delay. We approached Warner Bros. about the date listed on YouTube, and a representative directed us to the press release. Today's news isn't the first time Warner Bros has had Wii U-related issues, especially in Europe.
Blackgate Deluxe Edition is an enhanced version of the Vita and 3DS take on Origins, as developed by the Metroid Prime ex-pats at Armature Studios. In addition to polished up visuals, the $20 Deluxe Edition features a brand new map system, and that's definitely a good thing given our review said the previous system's "2D representation of a 2D view of a 3D world" was as it sounds: not great.
Despite that awkwardness, we gave last year's version of Blackgate a plenty respectable three and a half stars out of five - the same score we gave its big brother, by the by.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition
BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS BLACKGATE – DELUXE EDITION FOR PLAYSTATION®3 SYSTEM, XBOX 360, Wii U AND PC
Enhanced HD Graphics, New Content for Ultimate Blackgate Experience
Available Now as Instant Digital Download Only
BURBANK, Calif. – April 1, 2014 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today are releasing Batman™: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition for digital download on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (Americas), Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system (Americas) and PC. Developed by Armature Studio, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition enhances the core pillars of the previously released handheld version of the game with high-definition visuals, an all-new map system, new enemy encounters, difficulty levels, and batsuits. Fans can begin downloading the game today on the PlayStation®Network (Americas), Xbox Live Games Store, Nintendo eShop (Americas) and STEAM for $19.99. The game is scheduled for release in Europe and other international territories beginning April 2 on the PS3™, and later in April on the Wii U.
Previously only available for PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system, and created as a companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition features enhanced high-definition 2.5-D graphics and, 5.1 surround sound. Players will be able to guide their way through Blackgate prison with the new navigational system created for this version of the game. In addition, they can suit up with the exclusive Zero Year Batsuit skin which players can unlock by registering for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account.
Set three months after Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman is summoned to restore peace and order within the walls of Blackgate Prison. Players will explore the depths of the island penitentiary as Batman investigates and realizes that there is more to the henchman uprising than initially meets the eye.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition is based on DC Comics' core Batman license and rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB. Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamorigins.com for more information about the game.