Warner Bros. Interactive is again offering the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight for sale, but they are also offering unconditional refunds to disgruntled owners. After Warner Bros. launched the PC version of the game in June to widespread criticism regarding bugs and poor performance, the publisher pulled it from sale, vowing to not return it to digital shelves until the game was improved to an acceptable standard. Apparently, that standard is low enough that the current build of Arkham Knight still has streaming issues, recommends 12GB of computer memory, and does not have full weather effects enabled. In their newest notice, the publisher admits that this may not be up to their customers’ level of tolerance.
We are very sorry that many of our customers continue to be unhappy with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. We worked hard to get the game to live up to the standard you deserve but understand that many of you are still experiencing issues.
Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry did an analysis of the relaunched Batman: Arkham Knight, and found that there was little noticeable change from a September patch. The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is available on Steam.
The Batmobile and all the gameplay around it is a bit of a controversy in Batman: Arkham Knight. Some people despise the slippery movement and pointless drone combat, while other players are crazy. But what if you could drive the Batmobile from the Tim Burton movie in the game? Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Entertainment is releasing the 1989 Movie Batmobile Pack next week and it will give players the sleek art-deco lines of the 80’s cinematic vehicle to drive in film-inspired tracks. According to the developers, it’s not just a skin. The handling of the car reflects the longer, slimmer wheelbase. The DLC also comes with the Michael Keaton version of the Batsuit, so your caped crusader doesn’t look out of place behind the wheel of this monstrosity.
The 1989 Movie Batmobile Pack is included with the Batman: Arkham Knight season pass.
If you followed the Batman: Arkham Knight debacle, then you know that the PC port of the game was so bad (it currently holds a “mostly negative” user review rating on Steam) that WB Games pulled the product back and vowed to not sell it again until they could fix some of the more egregious bugs. According to the publisher, Rocksteady, the primary developer of Arkham Knight, has taken the lead on fixing the game’s issues. The first patch was released on Saturday, but PC gamers shouldn’t expect the Batman tank sim to be back on sale anytime soon.
The work is significant and while we are making good progress on improving performance, it will take some time to ensure that we get the right fixes in place.
The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight was developed by Iron Galaxy Studios. The game is available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Batman: Arkham Knight is rated M, which is a first for the series. According to the ESRB, the game gets the mature classification for sequences involving torture, and some of the characters have a potty mouth. The 17+ rating took developer Rocksteady by surprise. PreviousArkhamgames had cursing and violence as well, but they got the teen classification, so why did Arkham Knight get the hammer? Game director Sefton Hill said it’s likely because they take Batman to some grittier territory.
“As the end of the trilogy, we have every villain in Gotham working together to destroy Batman. It’s unavoidable that some bad stuff is going to happen. But that doesn’t mean we changed our approach. We’re not including gratuitous blood or swearing. We want to deliver a true end with no compromises, and it takes us to some dark places.”
I want a campy Rocksteady Batman game done in the style of the old TV show. Ka-blooey! Pow! Batman: Arkham Knight launches on June 2nd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Sorry bat-fans. Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady Studio’s current generation return to Gotham, has been pushed out to June 2nd of 2015. In June of this year, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced a delay from the 2014 holiday period to “early 2015”, but this latest news confirms that the game has slipped to a much farther date. At least gamers can preorder the Batmobile Edition now for $199.99 that comes with a transforming Batmobile statue sculpted by Triforce.
Batman: Arkham Knight will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Warner Bros. is canceling the story DLC for the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins. In an email to Season Pass purchasers, Nintendo Customer Support explained that their money would be credited back to their eShop accounts.
Thanks so much for your support of Batman: Arkham Origins on Wii U.
We are contacting you today because you purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass for Wii U. We hope you’ve been enjoying the content that has been delivered thus far. Based on demand for Downloadable Content on the system, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has made the decision to remove its offering of the upcoming new story campaign for Wii U. As a result, we will be crediting the entire $19.99+tax cost of the Season Pass back to your Nintendo eShop account. You will still be able to enjoy the content already released thus far.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your support of the game.
Based on posts from the official Facebook page for the game, the upcoming story DLC will likely featured Mr. Freeze.
Warner Bros. Games has patched Batman: Akham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City to remove Games for Windows Live and Securom from the PC versions of the games. Keys purchased through retail sources can be activated through Steam. Just like when BioShock 2 was updated to remove GFWL, everyone with a valid key will get the GOTY editions of these games with all the DLC!
Dear Batman Arkham Fans – Microsoft has begun the process of closing down Windows Live services over the next year. To make sure there is no interrupted service, we will be moving the game to Steam for verification and update services for both the Base and GOTY versions of Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham City.
Both games are currently on sale through Steam to celebrate.
The fact that Batman: Arkham Origins has a Season Pass offer isn’t surprising. What is surprising is that Warner Bros. Games expects gamers to fork over $19.99 for what seems to be a lot of cosmetic skins. According to what producer Guillaume Voghel told IGN, gamers are totally going to get their money’s worth.
“The costume DLC is going to be available with the Season Pass and it’s basically a bonus right?” he explained. “There’s going to be a lot of value in that Season Pass. One of the items we can’t talk about yet… We’ll just wait for the gamers to really see what the entire package contains. It’s going to be a big deal.”
Here’s my proposal to all developers and publishers that want me to buy their DLC packages up front: When you can tell me exactly what you’re selling, I’ll give your offer more consideration. Until then, you can stop wasting my time.