It's not particularly profound to point out that Batman: Arkham Knight's PC release was one of the most spectacularly broken launches of last year. After all, it's not often that you get to draw comparisons between a Batman game and Ashes Cricket 2013 without irony.
But those who do care about their Batman games will be pleased to know that patches for Arkham Knight on PC are still being released. Although they're not exactly adding the kind of improvements you might want.
The latest Steam patch was released recently and while there are a few fixes and hardware improvements, they're mostly localised to notebooks and inputs. Here's the full list:
- Added support for January DLC content
- Fixed issues with the benchmark map which could occur after installing the Season of Infamy: Most Wanted Expansion content
- Resolved an issue on some notebook PC hardware where the screen flickers on launch. Users will require the latest Nvidia drivers and Microsoft Windows drivers installed.
- Fixed some keyboard and mouse prompts functioning incorrectly after certain keys had been rebound.
- Fixed an issue on the in-game store where free DLCs were shown to have a value of “.0”
- Addressed an issue where rebinding keys could cause quickfire gadget attacks to work incorrectly for Batgirl, Red Hood or Harley Quinn
- Miscellaneous DLC gameplay fixes and stability improvements
The first bullet point will be of little consolation for those still suffering spotty performance, particularly if you've been forced to run the game in single-GPU mode thanks to the developers' decision to abandon SLI support late last year.
The December patch for Arkham Knight did more to strengthen the game's technical foundations, with minor improvements for "certain combinations of hardware", improved frame times for 60hz monitors running at 30fps with V-Sync turned on and everyone's favourite chestnut, stability improvements.
Users still flooded the Steam forums with sub-par performance, however, and you might have to wait a year or two until you can afford the PC necessary to run everything maxmium settings. (And don't even think about getting smooth frame rates in 4K.) The complaints have continued with the January patch as well, but some noted satisfactory performance is possible provided savage reductions are made in the graphics options.
But hey, at least there's more support for DLC. Right?