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‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ finally returning to PC after 4 months

Video games have become increasingly buggy at launch the past few years, a by-product I suppose of the always online world we now inhabit, which enables games to be patched after release. But episodes like Assassin’s Creed: Unity‘s messy launch and Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s astonishingly lengthy six-month battle with server issues have strained consumer’s patience with the practice. And Batman: Arkham Knight may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

When the third and final installment in Rocksteady Games’ Batman: Arkham saga released back in June, it remained on sale for the PC for a matter of hours. Plagued by frame rate problems, graphical issues and system crashes, the computer version of the game was pulled from sale almost immediately. Why with this game and not one of the many other broken titles? Simple. Batman: Arkham Knight was the first major title to launch broken following the implementation of Steam’s refund feature. That meant that anyone who purchased the game from the largest PC retailer around could get an immediate refund. Finally, there is a monetary repercussion for selling a faulty product.

The game languished in a weird state of extended limbo for months, but now Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has finally revealed when they will place the game back on sale. On October 28, 2015, PC users will be able to play the game everyone else could months ago, and in some cases PC users payed for months ago, in a complete and functioning state. In a statement released on Steam, Warner Bros. said, “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, including:

AR Challenges
• Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #1
o Financial Crash
o Deconstruction
o Assault on GCPD
o Teen Titan
o Cat’s Conundrum
o Newton’s Cradle

• Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #2
o High Interest
o Uncontainable
o Sky High
o Feline Frenzy
o Armored Assault
o Flying Grayson

• Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #3
o Chemical Reaction
o Stage Fright
o Cauldron Speedway TT
o Guardians
o Precinct
o Vertigo

Batmobile Race Tracks
• Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Track #1: Batcave Set
• Batman Classic TV Series Batmobile Track #2: Penguin’s Dockyard
• 1989 Movie Batmobile Track #1: Cobblepot’s Causeway
• 1989 Movie Batmobile Track #2: Joker Parade
• 2008 Tumbler Batmobile Track #1: Ashes
• 2008 Tumbler Batmobile Track #2: Cataclysm

Arkham Episodes Story Packs
• Batgirl: A Matter of Family
• Red Hood Story Pack
• Harley Quinn Story Pack
• GCPD Lockdown starring Nightwing

Skins & Batmobiles
• Batman Flashpoint Skin
• Arkham Origins Batman Skin
• Iconic Gray & Black Batman Skin
• 1990s Catwoman Skin
• 1970s Batman Skin
• One Year Later Robin Skin
• 1989 Movie Batman Skin
• 1st Appearance Batman Skin
• Dark Knight Returns Batman Skin
• Batman Beyond Skin
• Original Arkham Nightwing Skin
• Original Arkham Batman Skin
• Classic TV Series Catwoman Skin
• Classic TV Series Robin Skin
• 1989 Movie Batmobile
• 2008 Tumbler Batmobile
• 1960s TV series Batmobile
• Prototype Batmobile
• 1970s Batmobile Skin”

“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.”

“Now, get out there and Be The Batman!”

There’s a certain grossness to the fact that Warner Bros. spent the majority of the post telling people about the stuff they could give them more money for isn’t there? On the bright side, perhaps this debacle has finally taught companies that this sort of release is unacceptable. People are burnt and they have been too often, but maybe, just maybe, Warner Bros. spectacular face plant might prevent it from happening again.

About Lawson Kiehne

Lawson Kiehne
Lawson Kiehne is an aspiring Australian writer who is fascinated by everything involving stories. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing video games and watching films and television and hopes to one day be a published novelist.