Anonymous sources have told Kotaku that Batman: Arkham Knight publisher Warner Bros knew about the many PC issues “for months.”
The issues surrounding the PC release of Batman: Arkham Knight have been widely documented, with the title being pulled from Steam by publisher Warner Bros shortly after its release. The first patch has been made available for players who have already purchased it.
While the first patch addressed several bugs, a Steam update included an extensive “to-do” list in order to make the game playable, including remedying the 30fps cap, fixing NVIDIA and AMD bug issues, and fixing a low resolution texture bug.
Now, Kotaku has reported that anonymous sources have revealed that Warner Bros was aware of the many bugs, framerate and resolution issues, and glitches plaguing the PC version of the game “for months.”
One source, a quality assurance tester who is reported to have worked on the game for years, spoke to Kotaku under the condition of anonymity, saying “I will say that it’s pretty rich for WB to act like they had no idea the game was in such a horrible state. It’s been like this for months and all the problems we see now were the exact same, unchanged, almost a year ago.”
“Testing a game this big is very different from linear or smaller games,” one source said. “You usually get a mission, chapter or area of the map, or pick one yourself, and just go to town. You bug everything you see. We had some testers bugging more than 100 bugs per day. Devs would fix what they could but they were juggling that with actually finishing the game so they were insanely slow. Only when the game was done and no new features had to be built could they actually buckle down. Once that happens they also restrict what you can or can’t bug, to ensure that they can catch up.”
“We reported literally thousands of bugs that were specific to the PC version relating to the frame rate,” said one source close to production. “All sorts of fucked up texture issues. The Batmobile in particular has always fucked things up on PC.”
The sources claim that Warner Bros decided to make the game available because they felt it was “good enough.”