Progress Update and First Patch for Batman: Arkham Knight

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In a Steam update Saturday, Rocksteady shared their plans for fixing the flawed PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight.

The June 23rd release of Batman: Arkham Knight immediately presented issues for PC gamers. Following a day’s worth of complaints, and an extremely negative feedback score, the game was pulled from Steam until the issues were resolved.

“Rocksteady is leading our team of developers and partners as we work on the PC performance issues that players have been encountering,” Warner Bros’ Gary Lake-Schaal wrote in a Steam update Saturday. “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 primary areas of focus include addressing bugs that affect texture and performance, improving the system memory, fixing NVIDIA and AMD bug issues, and what was one of the most frequently cited complaints for fans, support for frame rates above 30FPS.

“While we work on improving performance, we will also continue to make interim patches available to address issues for those still playing the game on PC. The first patch is being released now and the updates include:

  • 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”

The full list of areas being addressed long term are:

  • 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
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