Batman: Arkham Knight is finally returning to PC via Steam. As the Inquisitr has previously reported, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment promised to bring Batman: Arkham Knight back to Steam by the end of October, along with a patch fixing the bugs that plagued the game’s initial release. Now, according to a report from PC Gamer, Warner Bros. has released an official statement via Steam that Arkham Knight will be re-releasing on Steam on October 28, along with a patch that, in theory, will make it playable again — although no mention of bug fixes was made in the official announcement.
“At 10 am PDT, Oct. 28th, Batman: Arkham Knight will be re-released for the PC platform. At the same time we’ll also be releasing a patch that brings the PC version fully up-to-date with content that has been released for console (with the exception of console exclusives).
“This means that next week, all PC players will have access to Photo Mode, Big Head Mode, Batman: Arkham Asylum Batman Skin, and character selection in combat AR challenges. Season Pass holders will have access to all content released since launch.”
Bug fixes are, oddly enough, only mentioned indirectly.
“We want to give particular thanks to the members of the PC community who took the time to give us clear, detailed feedback and bug reporting.”
It’s odd because PC players weren’t complaining about a lack of content. Batman: Arkham Knight was removed from the Steam store less than a day after the game went live due to being released in an effectively unplayable state. While it’s certainly likely that Season Pass holders haven’t appreciated the lack of additional DLC, it comes in a rather distant second to the inability to play the game in the first place.
As Tech Times reported back when the game released in late June this year, Batman: Arkham Knight’s PC port may be among the worst ever released, as players reported extreme performance issues, most deeming the game entirely unplayable. Warner Bros. seemingly agreed with this, as they immediately pulled the PC version of the game from Steam and store shelves and have been working for over four revenue-losing months to fix Arkham Knight’s performance issues.
Now that the game is finally returning, it’s a little odd to see the performance issues barely mentioned. It’s equally odd to note that Warner Bros. won’t be doing anything to make up for the four months that PC owners of Arkham Knight weren’t able to play the game. As the announcement notes, PC players will simply be brought up to speed with console DLC, minus console exclusives. Warner Bros. certainly doesn’t seem especially contrite about one of the worst PC releases in history.
That having been said, as Cinema Blend notes, bringing PC players up to speed with DLC certainly does add an awful lot of content to Batman: Arkham Knight. Among the DLC offerings currently available are four new story missions, including the Batgirl, Red Hood, and Harley Quinn mission packs, as well as the GCPD Lockdown mission featuring Nightwing.
Also included will be all of the new Batmobiles and racetracks, including the classic 1960s Batmobile, the 1989 Tim Burton version, and the Tumbler Batmobile from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies, in addition to the numerous player skins released, including the skins that go along with the Batmobile packs (which, yes, includes the much-requested Dark Knight suit from 2008.)
All in all, a lot of players are upset, but it could be a lot worse; there are plenty enough games that release broken and never get properly fixed. Assuming that this patch does do everything that was promised after Batman: Arkham Knight’s first broken release, perhaps Warner Bros. can be forgiven.
[Image via Warner Bros./Rocksteady Games]