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Batman: Arkham Knight PC players are still having problems after re-release

Players indicate the updated version still doesn't provide an optimal gameplay experience.

Batman: Arkham Knight players have reported the re-released PC version still has numerous performance issues ranging from stuttering to DLC compatibility.

Arkham Knight was originally released in June alongside the console versions, but was later pulled due to numerous bugs and other issues.

When the game was made available again on Steam, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment noted there is "a hard drive paging issue with some GPUs on Windows 7 that may occur after extended gameplay sessions." The solution provided to remedy this was to "re-launch the game."

Additionally, it advised players on Windows 10 that having "at least 12GB of system RAM allows the game to operate without paging and provides a smoother gameplay experience." Prior to launch, the game's PC system requirements indicated 8GB of RAM would be enough to run the game at Ultra settings, suggesting there have been optimisation issues.

Since the re-release, the Arkham Knight discussion board on Steam has updated with numerous threads discussing ongoing issues with the game beyond those highlighted by Warner Bros.

"With the latest patch, my HDD indicator does not stop blinking at all and the game stutters everywhere," says user Rock1m1. "Especially when you try to drive like day one."

Sentled added: "Arkham Knight won't start/launch after its 're-release' patch. It keeps crashing after you click 'Play' on Steam and Windows shuts it down when Batman's portrait appears on screen."

Others have raised issues with frequent stuttering, issues with smoke rendering, and compatibility problems with downloadable content--many of these are running Windows 10.

"The game runs mostly at 60 fps for me, some frame drops in the Batmobile, and I get the stuttering during cutscenes, but other than that it runs fine. But that was exactly how it ran for me on the day it launched, all these patches did absolutely nothing for me."

The lack of SLI and Crossfire support, meanwhile, is something Warner has said it is "still working with our partners to add."

According to Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, which has extensively investigated the game's performance since launch, "Batman: Arkham Knight [on PC] today has seen no further improvements from its interim patch back in September."

It also worth noting that some players have also said their gameplay experience hasn't been as problematic.

"No issues here either. 90 G-Sync Frames Per Second everywhere," said Vulcan.

ikarikun2015 added, "Runs fine here: 1080p, high settings, no gameworks, 55-60 FPS, i5-4400, GTX 970, 8GB RAM."

Given the complexity of PC configurations and the sheer number of them, persisting issues may be due to hardware or driver compatibility. Warner Bros. has said it is working with its partners to "address stability issues on certain cards related to the latest drivers."