Warner Brothers Scraps Plans For Batman: Arkham Knight Linux And Mac Versions

Batman: Arkham Knight will go down in history as one of the worst PC ports ever released. The PC version is marred by atrocious optimization with sudden frame-drops, bugs, instability and a host of other inexcusable problems. The reason behind this catastrophe revolves around money, and Warner Brothers decision to cut costs on the PC development. The publisher hired Iron Galaxy, a studio without much PC experience, and this clearly was a project which overwhelmed their small team. Since the game’s release, Warner Brothers has proudly proclaimed that the PC port is now a top priority, and promised to rectify the poor performance.

However, this doesn’t seem likely due to the abandonment of SLI support, and minor changes from the latest patches. Not only that, some reports have suggested that the latest patch has actually resulted in worse performance. As you can see, Batman: Arkham Knight is a shambles on the PC platform and for that reason, we’ve stopped using it for benchmarking purposes. It’s a terrible indicator of GPU performance, and there’s no consistency in the numbers whatsoever. According to a recent Steam post, the studio has cancelled plans to launch Mac and Linux versions. The announcement reads:

“We are very sorry to confirm that Batman: Arkham Knight will no longer be coming to Mac and Linux. If you have pre-ordered Batman: Arkham Knight for Mac or Linux, please apply for a refund via Steam.”

This is extraordinary and even though these operating systems are niche for PC gaming, it’s not doing Warner Brothers’ reputation any favours. Furthermore, SteamOS is slowly increasing in popularity, and it’s disappointing to see a major game remain exclusive to Windows. Although, I wouldn’t be too concerned because the Windows version barely functions and requires either luck or brute force to run properly. Warner Brothers hasn’t shown much respect for PC players of late and it’s a worrying trend.

Mortal Kombat XL And New Netcode Are Not Coming to The PC

Warner Brothers recently announced Mortal Kombat XL which includes the base content and the entire line-up of downloadable content. This originally seemed like a fairly enticing proposition providing the price point remained reasonable. However, it’s now been confirmed by the developer, NetherRealm Studios that the definitive version will not be coming to PC. One user asked if the game was scheduled to be a console exclusive and the studio replied:

This is a very strange decision because there’s a loyal, and passionate fighting community on the PC. Furthermore, why release the original game on PC, and snub PC gamers when the ultimate version is released? Perhaps, Warner Brothers is taking a more evasive approach due to the terrible Batman port, and technical problems Mortal Kombat faced on launch. Even now, it’s far from being functional, and raises questions about their ability to fund competent PC versions.

Not only that, according to the official FAQ, the greatly improved netcode which is vital to play the game online will not be coming to the PC. More specifically, the FAQ states:

“We are looking for existing MKX console players who have logged at least ONE hour of Online Play. We will be reviewing all candidates who sign up to determine if they meet the requirements.”

Honestly, it’s impossible to defend a publisher acting in this manner and I cannot believe how they are treating the PC market. It doesn’t make business sense either as PC gaming continues to grow and become more financially successful each year. The notion that fighting games cannot be successful on PC is another outdated concept, and you only have to look at the competitive scene in Street Fighter IV to gauge the genre’s popularity.

While EA, and Ubisoft are the main targets for dissatisfied PC gamers, I can see Warner Brothers being added onto that list very soon.

Warner Brothers Offer Entire Batman Collection to Arkham Knight Early Adopters

Batman: Arkham Knight was released in a shambolic state on PC and riddled with bugs, poor optimization and widespread instability issues. This resulted in many consumers using the Steam Refund policy and voicing their disgust at Warner Brothers’ technical blunders. Eventually, the game was removed from sale to allow the developer to properly fix these unacceptable flaws.

Finally, Batman: Arkham Knight has been re-released on Steam and Warner Brothers decided to offer compensation to early adopters. Instead of handing out a season pass which most people expected, Warner Brothers is providing free copies of the previous Arkham titles. Some critics have argued this isn’t a good move as those games have been heavily discounted and most Batman fans already own them. Although, at least it’s something.

Here is the official statement in full:

“Greetings Batman: Arkham Fans!

The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is back up and available today! We are genuinely thankful to the Batman: Arkham fans, the Steam Batman: Arkham Community, and the PC Players who have patiently waited for this day. As a show of our appreciation to our fans in this process, we are pleased to announce three community focused programs to help us commemorate the re-launch of the game.

To kick things off, we will be giving away FREE digital copies of games from the Batman: Arkham library. This means we will be giving away copies of Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY, Batman: Arkham City GOTY, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The Batman: Arkham library of games will be given to everyone who has already purchased or will purchase Batman: Arkham Knight for PC prior to 11:59 pm PDT, November 16, 2015. We’re actively working with our partners at Valve to make this happen as soon as we can, so watch your Steam Library. We are aiming to deliver all of the games by December.

Seeing as our community was a great help in getting the game up and running, Rocksteady will be creating a new “Community Challenge Pack” that will be given free to owners of the Batman: Arkham Knight game in January 2016. As thanks to the Steam Community, PC players will have access to the maps for a week before they hit the consoles. Stay tuned for more details on this in the Batman: Arkham Community and Social Channels.

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that we are working with Valve and the Team Fortress 2 team for a special cross-game promotion. Through November 16, 2015, Valve will be running a contest for the Steam community to create Batman: Arkham themed cosmetic items for Team Fortress 2. The winning items will be given out to those who purchased Batman: Arkham Knight on Steam before the end of the contest. You can check out the official TF2 blog[www.teamfortress.com] for all the contest details!

To recap, if you own Batman: Arkham Knight for PC or purchase it before November 16, 2015, you will get:
Free digital copies of games from the Batman: Arkham library.
The “Community Challenge Pack” DLC.
The Batman: Arkham inspired Team Fortress 2 items created by the Batman: Arkham community.

Thanks again for your feedback and support.

– Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment”

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Batman: Arkham Knight is Returning to Steam

Batman: Arkham Knight launched in a horrific state on PC and marred by terrible optimization, buggy textures and instability issues. The technical bumbling forced Warner Brothers to remove the game from digital distribution channels and consumers used the Steam Refund policy to voice their dissatisfaction. Warner Brothers promised to work tirelessly on the PC version and make it their number one priority. The publisher announced, earlier than expected, a re-release date on Steam via a community post:

“As many of you know, we released a major patch for Batman: Arkham Knight PC a few weeks ago. While there were significant performance improvements made to the game, the teams are continuing to work on the additional updates that were outlined in our previous post. We expect these updates to be ready at the end of October, at which time the PC version will be made available for purchase. In addition, support for all DLC that has been released for the console versions will be in place.” 

“Thanks again for your continued patience and support. We’ll be sure to update everyone as soon as the update is live.”

If the current schedule continues as planned, Batman: Arkham Knight could return before the end of October. However, I feel Warner Brothers’ response isn’t very apologetic and they should have offered the season pass or another title for free to disgruntled users. Clearly, the studio tried to produce the PC port on the cheap, and didn’t respect the PC audience. Any kind of token gesture would have helped to restore their reputation.

Once the game is properly updated, we should be able to re-asses the game’s performance across various graphics cards.

Batman: Arkham Knight Will Not Have a Physical Release for Windows in the UK

Rocksteady Studio’s latest Batman: Arkham franchise title has been announced not to have a physical release for the Windows platform outside of North America. This means that Windows users in the UK will not have an option to buy the game as a physical copy.

After being delayed twice now, the game is scheduled to be released on the 23rd of June in the UK. Warner Bros. confirmed that a physical release is in the books for North America, but the UK will only see Xbox One and PlayStation 4 physical copies on shelves; Windows fans will have to stick to purchasing a digital download with no option for a physical disk.

Warner Bros. and Rocksteady have yet to comment on why the UK market is being restricted to digital download, but one guess is that it would serve as a test market for the future withdrawal from physical distribution. Previous Warner Bros. titles, including those in the Batman: Arkham franchise, have come with in-box redemption codes designed to restrict second-hand sales, pointing to a shift from resellable physical copies to account-locked downloads is a logical next step.

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Batman Arkham Origins To Release Mobile Edition This Holiday Season

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced at New York’s Comic Con that a mobile version of Batman: Arkham Origins will be arriving this holiday season for Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.

Players take up the mantle of Batman as you fight your way through Gotham’s most dangerous areas and fight against some of DC Comics’ most deadly assassins. As you progress, you’ll be able to upgrade your character’s skills and fighting tactics. Also, you will be able to unlock a number of unique Batsuits by earning in-game currency and rewards.

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The mobile game will have some elements of storyline, but the main focus is on punching and kicking foes. Players will tap and swipe the screen, on a variation of the mobile Injustice game control scheme that NeatherRealm also developed, to dish out justice. Naturally, the mobile title will feature a range of iconic Batman locations along with several of the cast that will pose a threat in the console title.

Fans who also own a console version of the Batman: Arkham Origins game and are registered for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account, will be able to get access to exclusive bonus content that is not available elsewhere. Check out the announcement trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins Mobile Edition below.

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