The "Batman: Arkham Knight" PC port was such a disaster, publisher Warner Bros. stopped selling the game. That happened in June, but the title is now available on Steam after a few months in the shop for technical problems that drew thousands of negative reviews.
The Dark Knight's return was eagerly anticipated, but some gamers were disappointed to find several remaining problems that affected gameplay.
Warner Bros. and developer Rocksteady Studios is trying to make up for the disastrous June release by throwing in previous versions for gamers who purchase "Arkham Knight" by November 16 11:50 p.m. PDT. The free games are "Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY," "Batman Arkham City GOTY," "Batman: Arkham Origins" and "Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate."
"The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight is back up and available today! We are genuinely thankful to the 'Batman: Arkham' fans, the Steam Batman: Arkham Community, and the PC Players who have patiently waited for this day," Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment wrote in a Steam update Wednesday.
That community update was met with plenty of skepticism from users who were concerned about spending $49.99 for the game or $89.99 for the Premium Edition that includes the season pass for upcoming DLC.
An update to that update by Warner Bros. highlighted a few problems already detected in the first hours of availability. "After extensive testing, a hard drive paging issue with some GPUs on Windows 7 may occur after extended gameplay sessions. If you encounter this, simply re-launching the game will resolve the issue," reads the update.
Warner Bros. also recommends Windows 10 users have at least 12GB of RAM to maximize smooth gameplay. Most games recommend 8GB RAM. Digital Foundry reviewed the release to determine what changes were made by Warner Bros., but found nothing significant, according to EuroGamer.
The main problem still facing gamers is stuttering that, while it doesn't prevent gameplay, can be quite the distraction, according to Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Reviews for the new launch are mostly negative. Some users point to lack of SLI support and framerate issues as major problems.
Still, there were many positive reviews from gamers who say they can play with no problems after the update.