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Warner Bros. Concedes Defeat with PC Port of Arkham Knight

peter@clickonline.com

Published 02/11/2015 | 11:11

Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight

After a long and drawn out mess, Warner Bros. has finally pulled the plug on the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight, offering owners a full refund

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The legacy of the PC version of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Batman: Arkham Knight is one that will be remembered for a long time; but not for the right reasons. When the game originally launched this summer, it was a bug-riddled mess, outright refusing to run for many players, and performing dreadfully for most others, resulting in the publisher withdrawing it from sale at digital stores across the world. All was not lost at that point, however, and a reworked, better optimised version of the game was promised. That version arrived last month, but it was far from the smooth experience long-suffering Batfans had been waiting for.

With issues still rampant, Warner Bros. has decided that enough is enough, and will now offer any PC gamer unfortunate enough to have purchased the game a full refund by way of apology. Those who have spent their hard-earned money on the title will have between now and the year's end to take advantage of the offer. The refund also extends to owners of the game's Season Pass, however the add-on is not eligible for a standalone return, and must be processed alongside the full game in order to be accepted.

For the handful of players that want to persevere with the game in the vague hope that things will improve over time, Warner Bros. has confirmed that its developers will continue to work on fixing many of the issues, however they have been forthright in confirming that there are some problems that simply won't be rectified in the near future, or possibly ever.

And so ends a tale of woe that should now serve as a warning to developers around the world: farming the PC version of one of your most eagerly anticipated title out to a smaller studio for optimisation is most definitely not the way to go unless you're a glutton for punishment. It's a shame really, as the vast majority of PC gamers will now never know the splendour of what is undoubtedly the finest installment of a series that has breathed new life back into the world of tie-ins.

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