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Batman: Arkham Knight PC patch goes live

Publisher Warner Bros releases patch notes; Frame-rate and VRAM problems addressed.

A long-awaited update patch, expected to fix a litany of problems with the PC edition of Batman: Arkham Knight, is now live on Steam.

Rocksteady's latest action game has been delisted from the Steam store since June, when customers discovered an extraordinary number of graphical and performance bugs and glitches.

Fans expect this PC patch to remedy the vast majority of the game's technical problems. The update was accidentally deployed to a small number of users on Wednesday, whose early impressions were thoroughly positive.

Details of Warner Bros' latest patch can be found below.

Batman: Arkham Knight PC Patch Notes

  • 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 has also listed issues that it wants to tackle in future updates. They are:

  • 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

A spokesperson for Warner Bros wrote on Steam: "We would like to thank everyone for their patience and invaluable feedback. We'll provide ongoing updates here as they are made available. In the meantime, please enjoy the game with the latest patch."

Batman: Arkham Knight shipped on June 23 across Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. However, upon release, a mass of reports from players had indicated that the PC edition was in an incomplete state.

That led to a punishing two weeks for the publisher, as fans continued to discover a whole range of technical problems with the PC build. After apologising and announcing its intention to build a patch to fix the numerous problems, Warner Bros decided to pull the title from Steam. The game had been unavailable on PC since.

Developer Rocksteady recently released a statement saying it was working on remedying the port's problems, while more significant ongoing work was being done.

Posting on Twitter, studio co-founder and director of the Batman: Arkham series, Sefton Hill, said the studio has its "best engineers" helping to fix the issues.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros was accused of having known of Arkham Knight's PC Problems "for months" prior to release, but these claims -- purportedly from internal QA employees -- are not proven.

At the time of going to press, Batman: Arkham Knight appears to still be unavailable on the Steam store.