Batman: Arkham City PC edition dated, PhysX effects unveiled

With the console editions of Batman: Arkham City out the Bat-door, a release date and shiny PhysX effects have been announced for the delayed PC version. It'll hit on November 15, crammed full of lovely particles.


With the console editions of Batman: Arkham City out the Bat-door, publisher Warner Bros. has announced that the delayed PC version will follow on November 15. In celebration, graphics card manufacturer Nvidia is showing off the shiny PhysX and DirectX 11 effects exclusive to PC.

As in Batman: Arkham Asylum, PhysX will be used for a variety of purely visual effects, Nvidia reveals. It'll spew clouds of physics-simulated smoke, newspapers, dollar bills, and other particles, and have cloth simulation effects too. Here's a peek at the graphical bells and whistles in motion:

Annoyingly, only Nvidia graphics cards support GPU-accelerated PhysX effects, leaving AMD Radeon users cold--another casualty of the graphics card wars.

Nvidia also released a single, solitary screenshot showing off the shape-smoothing DirectX 11 tessellation effects. As it's plain old DX11, tessellation should run just fine on AMD cards too.

The PC edition supports Nvidia 3D Vision too, along with anaglyphic 3D.

Lastly, those who were waiting for Arkham City to appear on Steam before pre-ordering can now go right ahead--though it's not available in certain regions yet. 20% is knocked off the price if you own Arkham Asylum or LEGO Batman on Steam.

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    October 19, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Batman: Arkham City PC edition dated, PhysX effects unveiled.

    With the console editions of Batman: Arkham City out the Bat-door, a release date and shiny PhysX effects have been announced for the delayed PC version. It'll hit on November 15, crammed full of lovely particles.

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      October 19, 2011 6:09 AM

      November 11 - Skyrim
      November 15 - Saints Row 3
      November 15 - Assassin's Creed Revelations
      November 15 - Batman: Arkham City

      Fuck me sideways.

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        October 19, 2011 6:11 AM

        I have a big industry test on the 18th of November. This is just ridiculously unfair temptation.

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          October 19, 2011 6:25 AM

          October - November we have/had:

          -Batman Arkham City
          -Saints Row 3
          -AC: Revelations
          -Battlefield 3
          -Modern Warfare 3
          -Serious Sam 3: BFE

          My wallet is already choking :(

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            October 19, 2011 6:38 AM

            BF3 is happening for me, everything else is on hold, even... Skyrim. That, plus a new rig, is my reward for passing the test.

            Of course, the test itself doesn't give results for 8 weeks, so I'm gonna have to go ahead and spitball my performance. I'm gonna assume I passed and just buy whatever the Hell I want.

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            October 19, 2011 7:29 AM

            You forgot Dark Souls you heathen!

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        October 19, 2011 6:25 AM

        Skyrim and SR3 are must have so that isn't a good date either.

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        October 19, 2011 6:34 AM

        My vacation starts on the 11 of Nov and ends on the 18th \m/ that's how we do it :)

        That is a crazy line up.

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          October 19, 2011 7:40 AM

          Hey, I did the exact same thing! I knew I'd spend way too many hours playing Skyrim whether I went to work or not, so I figured I might as well take the vacation time.

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            October 19, 2011 7:43 AM

            Cool :) it will be totally worth it, plus I need a break from work any ways.

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        October 19, 2011 6:49 AM

        ASSREV is December, not November -

        Obligatory "Fuck UBI".

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        October 19, 2011 7:35 AM

        Add BF3 and Uncharted 3 to that list :(

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      October 19, 2011 6:24 AM

      Couldn't wait. Got the 360 version. Besides I have an AMD card anyway. I'll pick up the pc version next year when it is on some ridiculous sale after i build a new computer.

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      October 19, 2011 6:39 AM

      On a related note, how far can an HDMI cable extend? I am upgrading my rig sometime in November, and I don't feel like rearranging my office, but I want to pump my new rig through my home theater.

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      October 19, 2011 6:41 AM

      This actually looks like a substantial benefit for having PhysX, even though it's obviously only for eye candy. I can't wait.

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        October 19, 2011 6:44 AM

        Its totally eye candy just like all the rest, Alice had the same effect but as you can see those visuals add a massive benefit to the immersion and detail lvl.

        I just wish ever game had the phsyx effects applied to it :( I want more and more.

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      October 19, 2011 6:41 AM

      Awesome stuff, Ceeva hooked me up with a heads up on this news last night, I was blown away with the DX11 and Physx combo

      Not only does this game sport tessellation, other DX11 feat, Physx, it is also has multi mon support and 3D Stereo. IN short if there is a Batman game to own on your PC this is the game.

      Batman: Arkham City on the PC is a must own game of 2011 and a true show case of how a shop can make a PC version of a AAA game that is also on the console.

      During my vacation I can not wait to play this, I don't mind the delay what so ever. Shit I would of easily waiting a couple more months if any game where to juice it up like BAC.

      Good times.

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      October 19, 2011 6:45 AM


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      October 19, 2011 6:51 AM

      Can't wait to have this running on my SLI setup.

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      October 19, 2011 6:53 AM

      how to put physX on an extra Ati card

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      October 19, 2011 7:15 AM

      Finally - some substantive info on the PC's release. Thanks, Shack (and Alice,specifically)!

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      October 20, 2011 9:46 AM

      LOL so an 8800 gt runs the game just as well as a 560 ? Except you get flying paper and debris? Not a wise pr move invidia, at least compare it to an ATI product!

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