Last month we reported that an “interim patch” that promised to fix the many issues present in the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight was on the way, with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment promising that the patch would arrive in a few weeks. The patch finally arrived yesterday, albeit with a brief snag.
After the patch hit Steam early Thursday morning, users reported that they were seeing smoother framerates and more available graphics options. Then the patch suddenly disappeared. There was speculation that perhaps it had caused more problems than it fixed, but then the patch reappeared overnight.
The patch should now be available to those who purchased Batman: Arkham Knight during the brief window in which the game was on sale. The full patch notes have been available since last month, but a few of the major fixes and improvements are listed below.
- Reduced frame rate hitches
- Optimizations for system memory and VRAM usage
- Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)
- More Comprehensive In-Game Settings
- Fixed low resolution texture bugs
- Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)
Warner Bros. is quick to reiterate that this is far from the final patch the game will see. More improvements are in the works, with some of the highest in priority listed below.
- Adding support for SLI and Crossfire
- Adding support for the latest DLC & Season Pass content
- Adding support for additional updates such as Photo Mode
- Continued improvements and bug fixing for a Windows 7 specific memory issue that occurs on configurations with 8GB of system RAM and some NVIDIA GPUs during extended game play
- Continued improvements for Windows 10 specific issues on systems with some AMD GPUs
“We would like to thank everyone for their patience and invaluable feedback. We’ll provide ongoing updates here as they are made available,” Warner Bros. said in the post announcing the patch on Steam. “In the meantime, please enjoy the game with the latest patch.”
Batman: Arkham Knight for the PC has not been available for sale since the game was pulled from shelves in June. A message on the game’s Steam page states that the game “will be available on SteamOS, Linux and Mac in Fall 2015,” but doesn’t mention when the Windows version will return.