The June release of Batman: Arkham Knight concluded the acclaimed video game trilogy from Rocksteady Studios, which included Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City (but not Arkham Origins, which was developed by WB Games Montreal). The console edition has earned glowing reviews from fans and critics alike and (predictably enough) has become one of the bestselling games of 2015.
The PC version of the game has been a different story, as users experienced a series of serious bugs, including freezing, the random disappearance of environmental elements, framerate and movement stuttering and audio glitches. All PC sales of the game were suspended shortly after launch to allow the developers time to fix the problems, which was an extraordinary step to take. Now, it appears that PC gamers' wait will soon be over.
Today, an announcement on Steam Community has revealed that Batman: Arkham Knight will be re-released for the PC platform four months after the initial launch, on October 28th, 2015. The re-release will coincide with a patch which "brings the PC version fully up-to-date with content that has been released for console (with the exception of console exclusives)."
PC gamers will be able to access the following features after the release of the patch: "Photo Mode, Big Head Mode, Batman: Arkham Asylum Batman Skin, and character selection in combat AR challenges." Season Pass holders will also be able to install the many DLCs and extra content which have been released since June.
Plenty of PC gamers will no doubt embrace the long-awaited patch and re-release, but for many others it might be a case of too little, too late. Arkham Knight is not the first or last game to see its release marred by ghastly bugs and glitches, but it may be one of the most anticipated to suffer from them. Indeed, a number of players have taken to the comments board of Steam Community to criticize Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Interactive for taking so long to get this patch rolled out.
Seeing as how Rocksteady aimed to cap off its Arkham run in high style with a slew of extra content celebrating and exploring Batman lore -- such as the forthcoming Batman V Superman-inspired Batsuit and Batmobile DLC, and the Batgirl: A Matter of Family story DLC -- the essentially broken nature of the PC version has proven hard for fans to get over.
Batman: Arkham Knight is currently available for Xbox One and Playstation 4, and will be re-release for PC users on October 28th, 2015.
Source: Steam Community