Batman: Arkham Knight On PC Won't Be Back Until Fall, WB Revisiting Quality Practices
Rocksteady recently reiterated its intention to get Batman: Arkham Knight up and running on PC, revealed a fall 2015 goal for re-release, and says it is reexamining its overall quality policies.
Shortly after the release of the game, Rocksteady and WB Games pulled the PC version of the game offline to address its myriad issues. The game is still not available for purchase, but if you bought the game before it was pulled offline, it has been receiving updates throughout the process. You can read the latest update from publisher WB Games by heading here. In it, WB Games says, "Again, we would like to apologize to you, the fans, and let you know that we are taking full responsibility for releasing a product that did not meet our quality standards, which is why we suspended sales of the game as soon as we understood the issues." WB Games also addressed its ongoing standards of quality by writing, "We can also assure you that because of this latest launch, we are modifying the internal review process for all of our games. For those who are waiting for the updated version of the game on PC, please know that we are working on this every day. For the players who are continuing to play Batman: Arkham Knight on PC, fixes are continually being made to the game as we await the final updated version."
Finally, the PC version's DLC will be delayed. WB Games writes, "Our continued focus on getting the right PC fixes in place for the main game has had an impact on the development of all DLC content for the PC version of the game. This means that the Batman: Arkham Knight – Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC will not be available on July 14th for those who are currently playing the PC version of the game. We apologize for the delay and only want to make sure that any content that we offer is up to the standards that PC players expect."
The fall release window comes from the game's Steam listing which reads, "Batman: Arkham Knight will be available on SteamOS, Linux and Mac in Fall 2015."
This is understandably frustrating for PC players. In the face of difficult decisions, however, I think WB and Rocksteady are doing the right thing by offering frequent updates and pulling the game off the store. It's still confusing though as to why the game ever released in this state to begin with.