Two new Wolfenstein and Arkane Collections for Xbox Series X/S and current-gen consoles have leaked online. this shows that there are two new collections on disk coming for fans of these two game franchises. As Microsoft moves to make the most of their recent purchase of ZeniMax Media, the fallout is starting to appear. It looks like some new game collections could be a great option for those looking to play these games if you missed them the first time around.
The listing first was spotted first via ESRB ratings for both the Dishonored & Prey The Arkane Collection and the Wolfenstein: Alt History Bundle that listed release platforms and basic gameplay details. Xbox Series X/S were both mentioned, as was PS4. But sadly, no mention of a PS5 port for these collections. Both compilations will apparently now be physical releases, at least according to Best Buy listings for both compilations. And since both Wolfenstein and Arkane Collections have ESRB and retail listings for PlayStation ports, we can assume that Microsoft is at least aiming for a PS4 version.
So what exactly are we getting? Well, it looks like the Dishonored franchise and Prey, both products of Arkane Studios, will be getting some time in through this release. There’s a long and sordid history between Arkane and Bethesda that suggests the latter actually tanked the development of Prey 2 to negotiate an easy buyout, but that’s beyond the pale here. I’m just pointing out how awkward it will always feel to see the two listed together. This collection is basically a re-release of the 20th Anniversary Collection from earlier this year, sans a couple of PC titles.
The Wolfenstein: Alt History Bundle is the same thing. We’re getting a physical release of collections that have previously existed on digital storefronts for a few months. We can safely assume that both disk-based collections will cost $80.
Here’s the full list of contents for both bundles, according to the box arts seen on the Best Buy listings:
Dishonored & Prey: The Akane Collection:
- Dishonored: Definitive Edition
- Dishonored 2
- Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Wolfenstein: Alt History Bundle
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
The collections will come out after the recent acquisition of Bethesda, and even though they will debut for PS4, there’s nothing to suggest a PS5 port as well. There will undoubtedly be some Sony fans left out in the cold by this news, but it is what it is. The general consensus is that Micorosft will work to finagle more of these releases to their Xbox platforms as a priority. There is one glimmer of hope for PS5 owners though.
There’s a small chance that Sony, assuming that they’re allowed to do this, could make the collections playable on PS5 via the backward compatibility feature on the next-gen console. It’s unlikely that Microsoft would entirely abandon PlayStation ports for other games, but they will want some kind of return on their $7.5 billion purchase right now. It may be a long play that they’re going for to get the Series X and Game Pass to more gamers, but that won’t stop them from going after short-term revenue as well.