Batman: Arkham Knight‘s PC version has been the subject of much controversy since its release, with it suffering from debilitating performance issues that led publisher Warner Bros. games to remove it from sale on the Steam Store. However, those who didn’t take advantage of Steam’s new refund policy and decided to keep the game may be in for a bit of a shock, as an internal email sent to staff members at Australia’s EB Games stores states that Arkham Knight will not be fixed until the Australian spring, which lasts from September until November.
The email reads:
“As previously advised we have stopped sales of Batman: Arkham Knight PC while Warner and Rocksteady work on addressing performance issues with the game. The latest information from Warner is that the updates won’t be available until Spring. Due to this we have made the difficult decision to recall all PC stock from stores to return to the vendor until an acceptable solution is released.”
If you own Arkham Knight on the PC and haven’t yet chased a refund, I’d suggest you do so right now. Considering Arkham Origins‘ PC port was of similarly poor quality upon its release, and Warner Bros. failed to fix it in favor of continuing to push out DLC for the broken game, I’m of the opinion that the publisher may be trying to stretch out this process until we’ve all forgotten about it.
Even if that’s not the case and they really are planning to link up with developer Rocksteady and fix it, that these necessary patches will only be coming to PC gamers at the tail-end of the year is entirely unacceptable. It’s especially frustrating when you consider that Iron Galaxy, the external developers who fluffed the PC port of Arkham Origins, were asked to return for Arkham Knight and once again failed to provide a competent port, and with rumors that Warner Bros. knew of its poor quality months before its release, it seems unlikely that they’d be concerned enough about the PC version of the game to pump money into it in order to fix it.
If you’re among those who are patiently waiting for Warner Bros. to fix the game so you can finally play it without being forced to endure horrific frame-rate drops and other assorted glitches, then it’s probably best if you cut your losses and pester Steam for your refund.
[Via Kotaku Australia]