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Rocksteady release first PC patch for Batman: Arkham Knight; more fixes on the way

Batman: Arkham Knight Patch Fix

Rocksteady have just taken the first step in fixing the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight, fixing various bugs and crashes. While the patch doesn’t cure all the performance issues players are dealing with, Warner Bros. have gone on record to detail the key areas in which they’re devoting the resources available to Rocksteady, such as supporting higher framerates, texture bugs, VRAM usage and hard drive streaming.

The progress update was published on the game’s Steam forum page, with a message from publisher Warner Bros. about the state of the game. “Rocksteady is leading our team of developers and partners as we work on the PC performance issues that players have been encountering.” said Warner Bros. VP of game technology Gary Lake-Schaal. The work is significant and while we are making good progress on improving performance, it will take some time to ensure that we get the right fixes in place.”

Here’s what Rocksteady have identified as “key areas” to work on:

  • Support for frame rates above 30FPS in the graphics settings menu
  • Fix for low resolution texture bug
  • Improve overall performance and framerate hitches
  • Add more options to the graphics settings menu
  • Improvements to hard drive streaming and hitches
  • Address full screen rendering bug on gaming laptops
  • Improvements to system memory and VRAM usage
  • NVIDIA SLI bug fixes
  • Enabling AMD Crossfire
  • NVIDIA and AMD updated drivers

But that’s not all. To anyone who chose to forgo a refund of Batman: Arkham Knight, a preliminary patch has been dispatched to fix some major bugs which caused crashes and other headaches.

Here’s what’s in the patch that’s available to download right now:

  • Fixed a crash that was happening for some users when exiting the game
  • Fixed a bug which disabled rain effects and ambient occlusion. We are actively looking into fixing other bugs to improve this further
  • Corrected an issue that was causing Steam to re-download the game when verifying the integrity of the game cache through the Steam client
  • Fixed a bug that caused the game to crash when turning off Motion Blur in BmSystemSettings.ini. A future patch will enable this in the graphics settings menu

Earlier this week, Warner Bros. chose to suspend sales for the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, amidst overwhelming complaints of poor performance and missing graphical features. You can keep up to date on all the various crash and launch bugs that affect the game here, and also read what’s happening with our review of the game.