Warner Bros. announces that Batman: Arkham Knight will finally return to the PC after nearly four months away from Steam, but fans still aren’t pleased.
Many have been calling Batman: Arkham Knight a truly excellent gaming experience, although players who bought it for the PC platform have wanted to make that decision for themselves after months of waiting for a playable version to be re-released. Following up on Warner Bros. promising that Batman: Arkham Knight would return sometime in October, the publisher has finally revealed that on October 28th the latest Rocksteady Batman adventure will make its way back onto Steam.
Unfortunately, the relationship between PC gamers and Warner Bros. still isn’t looking much better. Part of it stems from the fact that a Batman: Arkham Knight PC cure-all patch leaked months ago, only to be promptly removed from Steam the same day and delayed until the end of October. Fans are also reportedly upset over the fact that Warner Bros. has simply promised the game’s return to Steam while offering no additional content or bonuses for fans who have waited until mid-autumn to play one of the summer’s biggest releases.
While its console release was met with high praise from fans and critics alike, the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight has been nothing short of a full-fledged disaster. Gamers were so upset about the unplayable state of the game upon release that Warner Bros. had to issue a public apology before setting out to work with Rocksteady to patch the game as quickly as possible. The timeline originally suggested an August fix, then a September one, before finally settling on the October date being met now.
Batman: Arkham Knight‘s return to Steam will also coincide with with the release of a content patch that includes Big Head Mode, Photo Mode, and AR challenges among other additions. Those users who were willing to shell out for the Arkham Knight season pass despite not being able to play the game yet on PC will gain access to all of the story packs released so far as well, although that excludes the console exclusives.
While finally giving computer gamers a chance to play the last installment in the Arkham trilogy is a start, Warner Bros. will need to do a lot more to repair their image with PC fans. Fortunately for Warner Bros., it appears the publisher will be giving itself plenty of chances to do so in the future.
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Batman: Arkham Knight is available now for PS4 and Xbox One, and will re-release on PC on October 28.