The last couple of months have been dismal for Batman fans on PC. Batman: Arkham Knight was released in June (after several delays) and although the console version was mostly fine, the PC version was horrendous. Massive framerate problems made moving or even watching cut-scenes an impossible task and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive pulled the game from sale following an avalanche of complaints and refund requests.
In the time following that game’s removal, a troubling story hit the headlines stating that Warner Bros. knew about the PC version’s shoddy quality and that they were happy to release the game anyway. One positive headline was the confirmation that an ‘interim’ PC patch would be released in August, hopefully fixing Batman: Arkham Knight on PC once and for all. That PC patch is now being tested, with a release coming in the next few weeks.
Batman: Arkham Knight PC Patch
In a post on the Warner Bros. community forum, an admin explains that their “teams have been working hard to address the issues with the PC version of the game” and that they are “now putting the first interim patch into testing”. Should all go well they’ll release the patch in the next few weeks – though they’ll update everybody regardless in the next fortnight.
The following is a list of things that the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight fix actually fixes:
- 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 Optio
- Fixed low resolution texture bugs
- Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)
The post also notes that the team will also work on “skipping the boot up splash screens” as well as getting Batman: Arkham Knight‘s DLC and season pass content into the game, as well as things like the Photo Mode. However, these things are on the backburner, with making the game stable being their main priority.