PC players continue to report technical and performance issues for Batman Arkham Knight after the game was re-released by Warner Bros yesterday on Steam.
After being removed from PC marketplaces like Steam for four months, Warner Bros re-released the PC version of Batman Arkham Knight yesterday alongside a large game update and the ability for players to download the previous Arkham games in the franchise for free as an apology. Unfortunately, users are reporting that many of the issues which plagued the game at release are still prevalent including performance issues, gameplay freezes, framerate dips, and other technical issues.
Major issues have also been reported by fans such as the game completely failing to start for Windows 7 users, freezing at certain points, and outright crashing back to the desktop. Issues not reported in the patch notes have also been cropping up for Batman Arkham Knight players from audio sync issues to cutscenes which tend to be less than smooth.
In addition to the technical issues, users have also noticed that the system requirements have changed as well. Users who are running Windows 10 are now seeing that Warner Bros recommends at least 12GB of RAM in order to run the game. Sadly, at the time of this writing, this change has not been updated on the main Steam page for Batman Arkham Knight, as the landing page still displays the older and less intense requirements.
Originally meant to be the epic conclusion to Rocksteady’s Arkham series of Batman games, the PC version has been nothing short of a disaster for Warner Bros. Complaints ranged from framerate issues, glitches, gameplay stuttering and even full fledged game crashes. The issues proved to be so bad that Warner Bros not only issued an apology to fans but also pulled the game down entirely and issued refunds to those who wanted it. The console developer, Rocksteady Studios, was even brought in to try and fix the PC version. Four months have passed and it appears that the game is still unplayable by the vast majority.
There’s no denying that Warner Bros has had a tough year with PC releases. The trouble began earlier this year with Mortal Kombat X, a game that sold and performed extremely well on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but had a very poor launch on the PC. After weeks of patching and updates, High Voltage Studios finally managed to fix the technical issues hampering the game on PC. While the Batman Arkham Knight situation has been much, much worse than what Mortal Kombat X went through, it has been a tough year for fans of Warner Bros on the PC.
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