Batman: Arkham Knight PC Patch Just A Few Weeks Away

Remember Batman: Arkham Knight? Know about the PC version? Unless you're one of those bitten by the horrible launch that should never have been, you're unlikely to know about it since it was pulled from the shelves. Hope, however, might be springing eternal. WB Games community manager braved the angry mob to announce that, if all goes well, the much awaited patch to fix the PC version of the game will be coming in the next few weeks. That is, if all goes well, of course.

June this year, Warner Bros and developers Rocksteady Studios unleashed the much awaited installment of the Batman: Arkham series to an unsuspecting PC crowd. While console gamers had their fill of the Dark Knight, those on PCs were greeted with nothing but frustration over bugs and performance issues. The situation was so bad that WB would pull out all sales of the game and allow for refunds for those who want out.

It would later be insinuated that WB was actually well aware of the dismal quality of the PC version of the game but decided to ship out anyway, perhaps to avoid missing out on a window of opportunity. It would also leak out later that it won't be until September before the fix to the game would be pushed out.

Well, September is almost upon us and it looks like WB and Rocksteady will be able to deliver. Hopefully. The patch will address many of the complaints about the original version of the game, particularly when it came to frame rates and support for graphics cards. Here are the changes in verbatim:

* Reduced frame rate hitches

* Optimized system memory and VRAM usage

* Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)

o Min Spec AMD GPU is once again the Radeon HD 7870 2GB

* More Robust In-Game Settings, including:

o Added the ability to change settings for Max FPS to 30/60/90

o Added toggles for Motion Blur, Chromatic Aberration, and Film Grain

o Added a "High" Texture Resolution value

o Added Texture Filtering option

o Added an Adaptive V-Sync option (NVIDIA only)

o Added VRAM Usage Meter

o Added Mouse Sensitivity Slider & Mouse Smoothing Option

* Fixed low resolution texture bugs

* Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)

That said, "next few weeks" might still be a generous estimate. The patch is just entering the testing stage. And that schedule is "if all goes well", and in the game development industry, it almost never does.

SOURCE: Warner Bros

VIA: CNET