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Arkham Knight PC Patch Briefly Appears, And Early Reports Are Promising

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Warner Bros. has been cagey about Batman: Arkham Knight’s long-promised PC patch, but a beta version accidentally went live for some folks today—and they’re reporting good news.

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This is a pretty confusing saga, so bear with me. When players cried foul at the game’s technical incompetence on PC, Warner Bros. stopped selling the game. They promised a major patch would bring the game up to speed, and that’s been in the works for months now. It was supposed to arrive by the end of August, but was recently delayed until sometime in September.

If you look at the settings for each game on Steam, it’s possible to opt into a game’s “beta.” Developers will use this to allow players to experience incomplete (and buggy) versions ahead of release, but for more sensitive betas, players have to be on a list to get the updates.

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Apparently someone at Warner Bros. goofed up that part.

Earlier today, Steam users noticed a large patch was deployed for the game, which quietly introduced a slew of new graphics options and made the game infinitely more playable for many. Not long after, however, another patch was released, which effectively removed it, and caused some crash issues for those who downloaded it. (Some have had success rebooting.)

However, some users were able to hang onto the original patch, and started putting the game through its paces, hoping Warner Bros. would deliver. The verdict?

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Yay!

The patch isn’t complete, which is why it was removed, but this is A Very Good Sign. Is it months late? Yep. Should the game have been like this when it was first released? Yep.

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You can reach the author of this post at patrick.klepek@kotaku.com or on Twitter at @patrickklepek.

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As someone who hasn’t used a pc for gaming in a long time, and has Arkham Knight on PS4, I’m honestly curious what the problems actually have been while running the PC version?
One of those steam commentors notes that the tank driving on their PC would dip into the 40s on framerate - is that really the sort of problems that people would deal with that make it “unplayable”? Inconsistent framerates are annoying, but if it only dips into the high 30s-low 40s, doesn’t really seem that bad to me, relatively speaking.