The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight had been removed from store shelves due to the fact that the game was a buggy disaster, though it looks like there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel.
Warner Bros. has gone on record saying that the game may end up going back on sale by the end of the month:
“The teams are continuing to work on additional updates. We expect these updates to be ready at the end of October, at which time the PC version will be made available for purchase.”
Batman: Akrham Knight originally released back in June, with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game being much better than the ill-fated PC one.
If you’ve been keeping up with the Batman: Arkham Knight DLC then you’ll want to know that the next one is out now, called Crime Fighter Challenge Pack #1. What this pack offers is 6 AR missions that feature Robin, Catwoman, Nightwing and Batman.
This content is part of the Season Pass, so if you bought the Season Pass then this will be available for you to download right now. Otherwise, the pack is $1.99 all on its own.
I’d be wary for those who have been on the fence about the game’s DLC (and DLC, in general), as these guys have been charging a lot of money for content that has been deemed completely disposable. If you’re a hardcore fan and you just gotta have a go then take a shot, but otherwise I’d think twice. The Season Pass is $40, which is completely ridiculous, especially when the base game is already $60.
Rocksteady Studios’ PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight launched in such a terrible state that it was pulled from store shelves, with the company focusing all of its efforts to work up a patch to fix it. An interim patch was promised to be released before the major patch that would fix everything launched in a few months, though news had been quiet on that front.
Now, a spokesperson from the company posted the following on the Warner Bros. forums:
“We are happy to confirm that we are now putting the first interim patch into testing. If all goes well, we expect to issue the patch in the next few weeks. We’ll be sure to report back in the next two weeks on how the testing is coming along.”
As for what this particular patch will fix, things like improved frame rate, performance, FPS, texture resolution and much more is expected to be included. Hopefully it will be enough to at least allow owners of the game to play it, as who knows when the big patch will be ready to download.
Batman: Arkham Knight stands tall as one of my favorite games of the year, delivering a gaming experience that is on a level that few game’s have the budget (or ambition) to match. While some have bemoaned the Batmobile gameplay, I personally loved it and felt that it spiced up the gameplay after Arkham Origins stagnated a bit. Couple that with the best story I’ve witnessed in a video game so far this year, and Arkham Knight is a serious game of the year contender.
Even though the game is incredible on its own merits, the devs have been keeping busy by pumping out DLC regularly. While the reception of this DLC has been pretty mixed, this next one is sure to put a big smile on everyone’s faces. In the latest Arkham Insider episode the 1989 batmobile and Batman skin are shown off, bringing the game back to the Tim Burton era of Batman. Check out the video directly below.
As you can see, this version of the batmobile is much sleeker compared to the standard version, which is much more comparable to the one seen in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. It’s also great to hear that the changes won’t be completely aesthetic, as the handling of the vehicle has been tweaked to match its smaller frame. It looks really sweet and is a nice change of pace for those looking for a new experience while speeding down the streets of Gotham.
Beyond the new batmobile we also get a look at the new VR challenge in the DLC, which features Robin. In the challenge Robin is taking on hoards of armed baddies much like he did in the main game, complete with his unique moves and weapons. It doesn’t look like anything too special, to be honest, though hardcore fans will be sure to eat it up.
Batman: Arkham Knight is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, thought the PC version has been removed from store shelves due to its countless bugs and glitches. While a big patch is expected to launch later this month to get the game functional again, a complete fix is not expected to be released until sometime next month.
The June NPD numbers have been released, and they are more than likely what everyone was expecting them to be. The PlayStation 4 once again was the highest-selling gaming console of the month, while Rocksteady Studios’ excellent Batman: Arkham Knight was the highest-selling video game.
Elsewhere in the top 10 software charts we have Nintendo’s Splatoon still putting up a fight at the #5 spot, while The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sit at #2 and #4, respectively. Check out the software top 10 for June 2015 below, and remember that the list of platforms next to the game’s title signifies which platform the game sold best on in descending order.
- Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
- Lego: Jurassic World (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, Vita)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Splatoon (Wii U)
- Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4)
- Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
- Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One)
- NBA 2K15 (360, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
The next DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is taking a retro approach as it dips into the well of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie for its content.
It’s called the 1989 movie batmobile pack and contains Michael Keaton’s batman suit as well as the batmobile from that movie. The DLC is developed by Rocksteady Studios and also contains two tracks inspired by the ’89 film’s sequel, Batman Returns.
Along with the new Keaton-era duds gamers can also don the 1990’s Catwoman suit, One Year Later Robin, Arkham Origins Batman, Iconic Grey & Black Batman, 1970’s Batman and the original Arkham Knighting.
Batman: Arkham Knight will definitely be having a spot on my best games of 2015 list when the time comes, as it just might be my favorite Arkham game period. Now, the game is receiving its first DLC post-launch that focuses on Batgirl in events that take place before Arkham Asylum.
In this DLC Batgirl is trying to save her father, Commissioner Gordon, who has been kidnapped by The Joker. Joker says that he’ll kill Gordon if Batman even shows up, which leaves Batgirl and Robin to step up to lay down the smack. Check out the trailer for the Batgirl DLC directly below.