As you might have already heard, there is a big commotion over Batman Arkham Knight. It was removed from all the web distributors including the biggest one of them, Steam. I don't think something like that has ever happened before, and I am absolutely sure it never happened with such a big release. That's exactly why I want to take a closer look at it.
What's wrong with Batman?
30 fps lock, framing cutscenes even if your video card is a powerful one, textures with no transparency layers for rain and wet surfaces and no ambient occlusion. In addition, the game eats your RAM like a horse and is basically unplayable.
As you may know if you followed the news about Batman Arkham Knight, the team responsible for the game for Xbox One and PS4 is Rocksteady, and the publisher is Warner Bros. Rocksteady did a great job, the consoles version is stable and gets high notes from the players as well as the professional reviewers... so what went wrong with the PC version?
There is a third, smaller company mixed up in the whole thing. As it was written on the forum by Arkham Community Manager – CODA, Warner Bros decided to outsource the work to a smaller studio, Iron Galaxy where 12 people worked on the PC version of the game. Were they the ones who are responsible for the train-wreck that the PC version of new Batman is?
I wouldn't be so quick to jump to a conclusion. After all, Iron Galaxy assisted in some big projects like Bioshock Infinite before and they did a good job. It is a fact they are a console studio and most of their projects are console games, but I don't think that that was the main problem in this case.
"We're aware that some users are reporting performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. This is something that Rocksteady takes very seriously. We are working closely with our external PC development partner to make sure these issues get resolved as quickly as possible."
I think that the one to blame is Warner Bros. Despite them being apologetic and all the sales halt policy, they are the ones responsible for the games and they should explain to gamers how it passed the final tests and got a green light for launching.
As I see it, somewhere out there in the WB office, there was a fat guy in the suit with a cigar in his mouth who said, "Release it we are not going to lose money, those people play unfinished games all the time and no one bats an eye. It won't be any different in this case"
I am just a little bitter, Batman Arkham Knight was one of the games that I was the most excited for based on E3 and I can't help being disappointed.
Have a great day!