Warner Bros. Interactive recently apologized for the debacle that is the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight.
“We have heard the PC gaming community outcry of disappointment for the initial launch of Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. 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.”
– Warner Bros. Interactive
The long-awaited ending to the Arkham trilogy was expected to be among the best AAA titles of the year but was instead a source of frustration for PC gamers all over the world. Among the complaints were a 30 frames-per-second cap, stuttering graphics, and frozen gameplay. To make matters worse, these problems were happening to PC gamers with high-end hardware that has no problem running other blockbuster titles of 2015 like Witcher 3 and Grand Theft Auto V.
I was one of the PC gamers who complained about Arkham Knight not running right on my machine. While my PC is not considered high-end, it definitely has no problem running video games with a GTX 970, quad-core processor, and 16GB of RAM. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that Arkham Knight failing on the PC is a good thing for one simple reason:
It could be a valuable lesson for the PC gaming industry.
Arkham Knight is a fantastic game. With an impressive 9.2 rating by IGN for the console version, there’s no reason for the game to be plagued with so many problems on the PC. Warner Bros. Interactive and Rocksteady Studios clearly didn’t place as much importance on the PC until it was too late.
However, because Arkham Knight caused such an uproar in the PC gaming community, developers and publishers will definitely think twice before releasing an unfinished product like this ever again.
Grand Theft Auto V is a perfect example of a game that took the time to make the PC version of the game not only good, but better. Sure, gamers complained about the long wait (almost two years after the console debut), but the finished product ended up being a masterpiece. Had Arkham Knight taken the same road there would be no need for Warner Bros. Interactive to apologize.
Despite all its problems, Arkham Knight is still a fun game to play on the PC – when it works. Our Twitch streams prove that the game is in fact playable with some modifications and a few NZXT employees have played it to the very end. I just wish I could be one of them.
PC gamers have high expectations for games because they spend a lot of resources (money and time) into building a PC. Arkham Knight could be the catalyst that compels gaming companies to re-evaluate the way they develop for the PC. Or, it could be a reason for gamers to stick to consoles.
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