Batman: Arkham Knight Will Return to PC Soon

The Dark Knight may return to the PC sooner rather than later, as the Batman: Arkham Knight re-releases in coming weeks.

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Batman: Arkham Knight saw a less than stellar launch for PC, which led to an indefinite suspension of its sales through digital retailers like Steam. But worry not, because there's a finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, not so much a shining Bat Signal in the sky, but more of a pocket novelty flashlight.

Warner-Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that a re-release of the game for PC will be coming soon.

The press release announcing the new Tumbler and Arkham Asylum skins DLC includes a statement on the re-release the PC port:

“Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and is available now for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, and all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The PC version of the game will be available in the coming weeks.”

Batman: Arkham Knight released on June 23rd, but sales of the PC version were suspended due to major performance issues, even on high-end systems. Developer Rocksteady promised to fix the game, and issued a patch earlier this month that fixed minor issues, but hasn't formally announced when the game will be on sale again. Warner Bros stated in July that a full fix might not be possible until November.

No specific date has been announced yet, and no indications of whether or not those that purchased the game before the suspension be compensated in any way.

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    September 23, 2015 2:15 PM

    Tyler Wood posted a new article, Batman: Arkham Knight Will Return to PC Soon

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      September 23, 2015 2:21 PM

      Arkham Knight Returns From The Fall Following The Rise

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      September 23, 2015 2:30 PM

      Hehe, Wood.

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      September 23, 2015 2:36 PM

      Funny that I was talking about this to a few different folks in the office today. I'm still hoping we get a GOTY edition for $20. at this point it's about all it's worth.

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      September 23, 2015 2:39 PM

      Have they done a postmortem yet about why the initial release was so shit and what they had to do to fix it?

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        September 23, 2015 2:40 PM

        I'd expect that in about 4 years.

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        September 23, 2015 2:41 PM

        The PC developers were using common core programming techniques.

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        September 23, 2015 3:11 PM

        I can give you a hypothetical post-mortem right now:

        - 3rd-party port house agrees to handle the PC port for a specific amount of money, makes assumptions about difficulty of the port because it's basically just an Unreal Engine game
        - Publisher commits to same-day cross platform release with major retailers and online distributors
        - Main developer overhauls large chunks of the engine to support rain/wet effects, make driving sequences work smoothly, improve open-world streaming support, etc
        - 3rd-party port house realizes that they are in over their head freaks out and asks for more money and more time, because main developer's new features are not designed with PC in mind and require Carmack-level expertise to re-invent for the PC
        - Publisher says no, points to port contract, points to same-day release commitments
        - QA tells Publisher that the game is not looking good
        - 3rd-party port house sucks it up and promises that they will get it done at the last second, because they need to hold to the contract or they will go bankrupt and lay off their employees
        - It doesn't come together in the last second. Game releases anyway and is bad.

        The story of every bad 3rd-party PC port ever.

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          September 23, 2015 3:59 PM

          From the pieces that have been covered across the net, yeah that sounds about what probably happened.

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        September 23, 2015 5:57 PM

        Patrick Klepek gathered some info from a few anonymous sources a couple months back:

        http://kotaku.com/sources-warner-bros-knew-that-arkham-knight-pc-was-a-1714915219

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        September 24, 2015 3:54 AM

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      September 23, 2015 2:57 PM

      The game is real fun and it's even better after the latest patch, everyone should get it

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        September 23, 2015 2:59 PM

        Eh. I finished it but only out of spite. The story was garbage.

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          September 23, 2015 4:12 PM

          But did you 100% it, out of spite? Did you collect all the Riddler trophies so you could see that extra 10 seconds of the ending?

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            September 23, 2015 4:14 PM

            HA ha HA ha HAAA Fuck no. I quit when I saw the first possible ending and barely did any side stuff. Two face stuff was a total disappointment so I avoided any sidestuff after I completed that.

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              September 23, 2015 4:23 PM

              I completed most of the quests but when the game tore away it's momentum near the end and asked me to 'finish more side quests to even get an ending', I was like 'fuck this.'

              Then I slogged through the remaining side quests (note: ones I didn't even like - such as Battlezone 3: Arkham Knight Tank Encounters) until I hit the required amount. Requiring a completed amount of side quests to unlock even the most basic ending is one of the worst game designs I've ever experienced. There you are, the Player, on an upward momentum charging towards an expected resolution.

              But shit, no! You must go back and complete a bunch of crap that completely derails the momentum. Oh look, now you have enough crap to get an ending... but do you care anymore, really? No.

              You punch 'Finish This' - watch an ending and uninstall the game.

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            September 23, 2015 5:15 PM

            I did, I found all those fucking trophies and solved all the shitty batmobile riddles so I could punch that smug fuck in the face.

            Somewhat satisfying.

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              September 23, 2015 5:50 PM

              If you do all that work and it was 'somewhat satisfying', then the work-to-reward ratio is fucked.

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        September 23, 2015 3:04 PM

        waiting for the linux port. i wonder if they're returning to selling the PC version for the upcoming port releases

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        September 23, 2015 3:26 PM

        It was ok, but definitely not anywhere as good as AA or AC. And AO's story was better. Overall I thought it was a weak game compared to what Rocksteady delivered before it. Suffered a lot from lack of creative restraint.

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          September 24, 2015 5:00 AM

          I'm struggling to finish AC still. AA was just so tight and focused, the smaller area ala Metroid Prime worked so much better than a huge empty city.

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        September 23, 2015 5:21 PM

        Looking forward to playing it. Can't wait for it to be a proper PC release. Got it (and TW3) for free with my 970 months back so it's been pretty easy to wait for them to get their shit together.

        That smoke sure looks nice.

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      September 23, 2015 3:10 PM

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        September 23, 2015 3:15 PM

        WB put a stop on the product for all their official distribution partners. Green Man Gaming is either reselling keys from third party sources, or maybe they just stockpiled a whole bunch of keys before WB decided to pull the product.

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        September 23, 2015 3:23 PM

        Isn't it a Steam game though? Can you even install it right now?

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        September 23, 2015 3:36 PM

        That move made no sense whatsoever but it was apparently Rocksteady's decision.

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          September 23, 2015 10:24 PM

          Well steam has refunds now so they probably didn't want to see people buying it then refunding it in droves.

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      September 23, 2015 3:28 PM

      I could have sworn this said "Tiger Woods posted a new article" and had to do a double take.

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      September 23, 2015 3:33 PM

      You could even say "Batman: Arkham Knight Rises"

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      September 23, 2015 5:19 PM

      Going to be funny when the game of the year edition of this is released.

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