Rocksteady taking control of Batman’s PC port

arkham knight batmanFollowing the dire PC release of Batman Arkham Knight, Rocksteady have stepped up their game and taken control of the situation, and have already released the first of a few patches to get Batman on the straight and narrow again.

“Rocksteady is leading our team of developers and partners as we work on the PC performance issues that players have been encountering,” says a posting on the game’s official website. “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.”

It emerged this week that the PC port of Batman Arkham Knight was in fact outsourced for development. The developer responsible for the task was Iron Galaxy, when Arkham Community Manager Coda made a forum post about the state of the game, saying that Rocksteady are working with their external development team.

harley quinn arkham knight“We are working closely with our external PC development partner to make sure these issues get resolved as quickly as possible” in response to complaints.

Iron Galaxy’s previous works include Borderlands 2 (PS Vita), Destiny (PS3),Killer Instinct Season Two (Xbox One), and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Xbox One, PS4), so the studio know what they’re doing, and have a decent enough track record. I have heard inklings of development time being an issue for Iron Galaxy, who had a very strict deadline to complete the work, but I don’t have any confirmation of that to back up the allegations right now.

What Rocksteady have addressed so far is:

  • 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

Over time, Rocksteady will be focusing on the following issues:

  • 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 laptop
  • Improvements to system memory and VRAM usage
  • NVIDIA SLI bug fixes
  • Enabling AMD Crossfire
  • NVIDIA and AMD updated drivers

[Source: Rocksteady, Polygon, Geek.com]

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