After a few last minute delays, fans are finally able to get their hands on the highly anticipated title, Batman: Arkham Knight. According to critics, Rocksteady Studios appears to be closing out the series with a bang, as the title has been pulling in some fantastic review scores.
However, with the PlayStation 4 version receiving a day one patch, PC players are quickly finding out that not everything is as rosy as reviews have indicated. A number of reports have surfaced that detail major performance and technical issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight.
As fans have been discovering, upon booting up and playing Batman: Arkham Knight, a number of issues start to appear that hinder the experience. Most notably, the framerate, which was confirmed to have been locked at 30 frames per second, dips and struggles to maintain consistency as players move around Gotham City. Not only that, players are reporting audio glitches, random crashes to the game's menu, and gameplay stuttering frequently during normal play even when using the lowest settings.
With the backlash increasing in intensity, developer Rocksteady Studios has released a statement on their official forums confirming that they are looking into the matter directly. The statement also revealed that an external studio was brought in to work on the PC port of the game, not Rocksteady directly as many had assumed.
"We're aware that some users are reporting performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. This is something that Rocksteady takes very seriously. We are working closely with our external PC development partner to make sure these issues get resolved as quickly as possible. We'll update this thread when we've got more info to share."
Currently, these issues appear to be isolated to the PC version of the title and the community has been very vocal about their problems. The reviews section on Steam has been overwhelmingly negative, as customers who have purchased the game continuously flood the system with complaints. Community site NEOGaf has a thread dedicated to potential fixes and user-found solutions to some of these problems, while the fanbase waits for official word from the developer.
This isn't the first time a major AAA title has been handed over to a different studio to port over to the PC, neither is it the first time this year Warner Bros. has done so. Most recently, the PC version of Mortal Kombat X experienced similar issues and bugs upon being released. However, it was High Voltage Studios, not NetherRealm Studios, that handled the PC port which continued the trend starting with Mortal Kombat 9 on PC.
Outside of these specific examples, PC versions of popular games seem to have a history of launching with issues. Last year, fans were irate that the PC version of Watch_Dogs had many of the visual options hidden or turned off, making the game look visually worse than trailers previously indicated. Through Watch Dogs fan mods and tips, players were able to activate certain visual enhancements.
Have any of you experienced issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight? Feel free to vent below in the comments.
Batman: Arkham Knight is now available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Source: Rock Paper Shotgun