Zam! Biff! Pow! Bap! Awk! Boff! Flrbbbbb! Vronk! Zlott! Zlonk! Swa-a-p! Crunch-eth! These onomatopoeias and more are the sounds that have surely filled meeting rooms at Warner Bros. since the disastrous PC launch of Batman: Arkham Knight [official site]. Almost four weeks after pulling the game from sale until they’d fixed it up, it seems WB and Rocksteady are still a fair way off bringing it back.
The next patch for folks who bought Bats before he was sent to the Batcave’s naughty step will arrive in August, WB have announced. This is described as an “interim patch update”, which suggests that The Big One is still lurking in the future beyond.
“This update will address many of the issues we listed in our June 27 update,” WB say. Those included better performance, AMD crossfire support, and an option to run faster than 30fps, though WB don’t yet say exactly which problems from that list will be fixed. “We will provide additional details as we finalize that interim patch over the coming weeks.”
When will the list be cleared, and the game ready for relaunch? Who could say!
A supposed internal e-mail leaked from the Australian arm of games shop EB Games to Kotaku Down Under claimed that “The latest information from Warner is that the updates won’t be available until Spring” (Aussie spring starts in September, remember – because they’re upside-down). Whether that’s real and whether the information it relays is correct, I couldn’t say.
In the meantime, PC players are also missing out on DLC (y’know, if that’s a thing they’re interested in). Batgirl is biffing Joker in a story set way back before Arkham Asylum, but we won’t see it on PC until Arkham Knight is back on sale.