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Properly Working Batman: Arkham Knight On PC ‘Will Take Some Time’


It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Batman: Arkham Knight on PC has been an unmitigated disaster. Not only are sales for the platform completely unavailable at this time, but according to the community admin on the Warner Bros. forums, it “will take some time” to get it working as intended.

These are just the main issues for Batman: Arkham Knight on PC that are being addressed, as listed by Warner Bros.:

  • Support for frame rates above 30FPS in the graphics settings menu
  • Fix for low-resolution texture bug
  • Improve overall performance and framerate hitches
  • Add more options to the graphics settings menu
  • Improvements to hard drive streaming and hitches
  • Address full-screen rendering bug on gaming laptop
  • Improvements to system memory and VRAM usage
  • NVIDIA SLI bug fixes
  • Enabling AMD Crossfire
  • NVIDIA and AMD updated drivers

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Batman: Arkham Knight has already received its first hotfix patch for PC, which addressed some crashes and graphical bugs. However, the vague re-release window of “it will take some time” is not reassuring. For one, locking how the game handles physics, animations and other things to the framerate is a major issue to rework, which will have knock-on effects for how each system handles memory and VRAM usage. Hopefully, the main problems don’t require major reworking of the game engine in order to function properly, as some NVidia users with high-end PC’s have not encountered the same sorts of issues on a wide scale.

Either way, props definitely continue to go out to Valve for finally putting out Steam Refunds. Warner Bros. has a spotty past when it comes to PC releases, and now that there is recourse for the consumer to get their money back, it’s more likely that we’ll start to see publishers actually release a competent PC build upon release. The “dump and fix later” maneuver might become a thing of the past if players in large numbers back their concerns with tangible negatives in sales. It’s certainly worked for Batman: Arkham Knight; it can work for others, too.

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