The PC launch of Batman: Arkham Knight was anything but smooth. From a last minute change in system requirements needed to play the game, activation issues for disc copies, and extremely poor performance on PC, there was very little reason for PC gamers to bother with developer Rocksteady’s latest adventure starring the caped crusader.
Nonetheless, publisher Warner Bros. claims to have made amends. The PC version was pulled from Steam.
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“We want to apologise to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards,” a post on the game’s Steam Community page read at the time. “We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.”
There was a patch released that was touted to fix some of the game’s issues, but it made little difference.
Now Warner Bros. is prepping Batman: Arkham Knight for a re-release on Steam.
“At 10am PDT [10:30pm IST], October 28, Batman: Arkham Knight will be re-released for the PC platform. At the same time we’ll also be releasing a patch that brings the PC version fully up-to-date with content that has been released for console (with the exception of console exclusives),” the post on the game’s Steam Community page read.
“This means that next week, all PC players will have access to Photo Mode, Big Head Mode, Batman: Arkham Asylum Batman Skin, and character selection in combat AR challenges. Season Pass holders will have access to all content released since launch,” the post added.
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This was met with severe outrage. It’s expected considering that the game was released in June and it has taken over four months to get it to some semblance of working condition. With Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Fallout 4 as well as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 out in November, it’s unlikely that the PC gaming audience will have much interest in Arkham Knight no matter what the fixes or freebies.