Batman Arkham Knight finally released last week after numerous delays, but the state of the game itself on the Windows PC is a big fail due to major performance issues, even on high-end graphics hardware, prompting Warner Bros. to temporarily withdraw the game from sale. Batman Arkham Knight on the PC is so terrible that Steam was forced to pull it down from the front page and featured page because it had more than 4,500 negative reviews.
The good news is Rocksteady Studios is well aware of the major issues and have now taken the first leap to fix some of the problems starting with a new PC patch, which was released over the weekend. But it appears like there’s still a lot more work to be done, according to Rocksteady’s announcement.
Rocksteady is leading our team of developers and partners as we work on the PC performance issues that players have been encountering. The work is significant and while we are making good progress on improving performance, it will take some time to ensure that we get the right fixes in place.
The very first PC patch fixes the following issues:
– Fixed a crash that was happening for some users when exiting the game
– Fixed a bug which disabled rain effects and ambient occlusion. We are actively looking into fixing other bugs to improve this further
– Corrected an issue that was causing Steam to re-download the game when verifying the integrity of the game cache through the Steam client
– Fixed a bug that caused the game to crash when turning off Motion Blur in BmSystemSettings.ini. A future patch will enable this in the graphics settings menu
Over the next few weeks, Rocksteady said they will continue to release interim patches for those playing Batman Arkham Knight on PC, while also continuing work on the major issues. They will dedicate their time fixing these major issues:
– Support for frame rates above 30FPS in the graphics settings menu
– Fix for low resolution texture bug
– Improve overall performance and framerate hitches
– Add more options to the graphics settings menu
– Improvements to hard drive streaming and hitches
– Address full screen rendering bug on gaming laptop
– Improvements to system memory and VRAM usage
– NVIDIA SLI bug fixes
– Enabling AMD Crossfire
– NVIDIA and AMD updated drivers
In the meantime, I suggest staying away from Batman Arkham Knight on the PC until user reviews are positive. We hope the game will be fixed within the next two weeks, or sooner. At least to the point it’s playable without any major nuisances such as framerate hitches and random crashes.