As we reported in our coverage of the Batman: Arkham Knight launch trailer, the masked crusader’s latest game isn’t having the smoothest of releases. Not only is the game being released after two delays, but the Limited Edition was delayed, while the Batmobile Edition was cancelled altogether.
So forgive PC players for thinking that in downloading a digital version of of a game that had already been delayed to ensure that it ran smoothly, Batman: Arkham Knight would live up to their expectations. Unfortunately, the game hasn’t lived up to their expectations at all as its PC build is practically unplayable. So bad, is the issue, that publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has suspended all PC sales of the game.
Batman: Arkham Knight PC Sales Suspended
As the above video shows quite clearly, Batman: Arkham Knight is a total mess on PC. The fact that Warner Bros. allowed the game to go on sale in this condition is shameful, it seems extremely unlikely that everyone missed these issues during playtesting, and it’s also suspicious that Warner Bros. handed out no PC review codes for the game while console review codes were (reportedly) quite easy to acquire. Plus, it has now come to light the the PC port was outsourced to Iron Galaxy Studios and according to the Batman: Arkham Knight credits, only 12 people worked on it. Shameful.
Due to serious backlash and, I suspect, masses of PC players asking for refunds, Warner Bros. has now suspended all PC sales of Batman: Arkham Knight and has issued the following statement:
“We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards. We greatly value our customers and know that while there are a significant amount of players who are enjoying the game on PC, we want to do whatever we can to make the experience better for PC players overall.”
Does this statement make up for an incredibly poor PC launch? No it doesn’t, but at least those who buy the game in future (or rebuy it following a refund) will be able to do so with confidence.
Batman: Arkham Knight‘s Harley Quinn DLC Controversy
Also causing controversy in the Batcave this week is that the game’s Harley Quinn DLC is seriously underwhelming too. The DLC was initially offered as a pre-order bonus but, as Evan Narcisse notes over at Kotaku, the extra content is yet another reason why Arkham Knight wasn’t worth your pre-release interest.
Narcisse notes that in the DLC, which only last around 30 minutes, Harley Quinn is instructed by Scarecrow to go and break Poison Ivy out of jail. The author notes that not only are players unable to complete this mission stealthily, but that all of Harley’s abilities – including her laughing gas, her Jack-in-the-box explosives and her Psychosis Mode (which is essentially a red-tinted Detective Mode) – are carbon copies of Batman’s skills. There is her Mayhem Mode, he says, and that allows Harley to take out enemies with one hit, but “that’s about it in terms of anything that feels unique to her”.
Narcisse also explains that the entire mission is highly questionable and gross as not only is Harley Quinn not carrying this mission out of her own accord (she is only acting on Scarecrow’s orders), but that there instances where Penguin degrades her and inquires about her “asking price”. The DLC even glosses over one key fact about Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy: the fact that they are canonically girlfriends. Then again, it’s unsurprising that this game would ignore a non-heterosexual relationship, since Batman: Arkham Knight also alludes to a homophobic slur.
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