Rocksteady Studio’s final entry into the Arkham universe finally launched last month and while fans and critics have agreed that Batman: Arkham Knight is an excellent and worthwhile title on consoles, the PC version has been anything but wonderful. Suffering from various issues ranging from framerate struggles to more severe issues like audio glitches, gameplay stuttering, and even having the title crash to the desktop. As gamers later found out, it wasn’t actually Rocksteady who developed the PC version as Warner Bros. ported out development tasks to a third-party studio.
For fans eagerly awaiting a resolution to the myriad of issues the PC version is currently facing, the wait may be longer than originally expected.
In an internal email sent to EB Games Australia employees, the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight won’t be ready for release until the Australian Spring season. Considering that the seasons are essentially flipped in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres, this would put the time frame roughly from the next two months, all the way to a possible November.
“As previously advised, we have stopped sales of Batman: Arkham Knight PC while Warner and Rocksteady work on addressing performance issues with the game. The latest information from Warner is that the updates won’t be available until Spring. Due to this we have made the difficult decision to recall all PC stock from stores to return to the vendor until an acceptable solution is released.”
As Rocksteady continues to address the various issues, the delay in an acceptable fix is major enough that the local stores have deemed it necessary to perform a full recall in order to send them back to the vendor. That’s pretty telling with how bad the situation actually is.
The issues plaguing the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight have proven to be so bad that Warner Bros. was forced to suspend all sales of the title on the PC platform and are issuing out refunds to players who purchased the game. Fans disappointed with the end product have also been utilizing Steam’s new refund policy to return the game for a refund which is fortunate as the service had just launched a few weeks prior. Even a lousy temporary fix offered by Rocksteady has not placated fans.
The PC version unfortunately wasn’t the only blemish for the game’s release, as the PlayStation 4 version also had a glitch that prevented the leaderboards from working as originally intended. While it’s not nearly close to the bugs that are currently hammering the PC version, it certainly does not do any favors to the brand especially after a rougher than expected launch. Thankfully, PS4 players have seen this issue resolved fairly quickly by Rocksteady as their attention turned towards fixing the PC title.
Have you given up on Batman: Arkham Knight completely or simply stored it away in favor of other games until a fix is ready?
Source: Kotaku Australia