While Batman: Arkham Knight garnered immense critical praise and debuted to high sales, the title also received severe backlash during its launch this past June with the title’s PC version encountering severe performance issues requiring publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to remove the PC version from sale: while a permanent fix is still a ways off, the studio provided an update on how things are progressing.
A new post in the Steam Community Forums from Warner Bros. IE provided an update on the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, with the studio detailing that “we are happy to confirm that we are now putting the first interim patch into testing” in the road to updating the PC version to a stable, more playable state.
Warner Bros. continued in its statement that the first interim patch is currently in development and “if all goes well, we expect to issue the patch in the next few weeks,” with the company confirming that it will report back within the next two weeks on testing progress for the patch. Full patch notes of what can be expected with the first interim patch are below from Warner Bros.:
• 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 Option
• Fixed low resolution texture bugs
• Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)
While the first set of notes are the development team’s first priority, Warner Bros. also confirmed that fixes for the following issues will also be addressed in the coming weeks:
• Skipping the boot up splash screens
• DLC/Season Pass content
• Additional updates such as Photo Mode
Batman: Arkham Knight is currently available for PS4, and Xbox One – sales of the PC version have been put on hold until fixes addressing its current state are released.