PC patch for Batman: Arkham Knight still doesn't fix things

The saga of Batman: Arkham Knight continues, with Rocksteady releasing a patch for the PC version that even the developer acknowledges will not “fix” things properly. This is the same game that was suspended from sale last week – both on digital platforms and also in many brick-and-mortar stores.

Yorick, Rocksteady community admin explains:

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 changelog for the first patch for Batman: Arkham Knight includes:

  • 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

Areas that are currently being worked on:

  • 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 laptops
  • Improvements to system memory and VRAM usage
  • NVIDIA SLI bug fixes
  • Enabling AMD Crossfire
  • NVIDIA and AMD updated drivers

We would like to thank our fans for their patience and invaluable feedback. We will continue to monitor and listen for any additional issues.

This latest update – like many of these expected fixes – is described as an “interim patch”, designed to help improve the game and address issues for gamers who are still slugging away through the game on PC (while it’s been getting dismal reviews in terms of PC stability, there are still a vocal minority who claims no problems).

In the meantime though, if you want to play Batman: Arkham Knight, you might be better off playing it on console… or waiting quite a while before picking it up on PC.

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