Was taking a break from combing Anime News Network and other news sources for summer 2015 simulcast stuff. Late on the video game news.
Came across this news from a friend who was the former Screened manager. Here's the article:
It’s no secret that Batman: Arkham Knight has had a troubled release on PC. Since Tuesday PC gamers have complained about game crashes, an unstable and locked frame rate, and verifying the games install will sometimes erase the game altogether. Despite promises of patches and some workarounds being passed along on forums Warner Bros., the published of the game, have decided to suspend all PC sales for the time being. According to their forum post Warner Bros. says “We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards.”. No current timetable or expectation as to when sales may resume.
As I write this Arkham Knight is still up on the Steam store so I imagine this will have to happen soon. This is a pretty drastic move and doesn’t help the people who’ve already purchased a copy of the game. This is in addition to the strange, no good, very bad, week Arkham Knight and Warner Bros. has been having. Earlier this week we learned two special editions of the game two special editions of the game were being cancelled and delayed. However it does sound like Arkham Knight is a good entry into that franchise so at least the game is a good one…whenever you PC gamers get to actually play it.
by Michael (FinalDasa)
Feel free to share your thoughts. It's a scary trend nowadays where highly acclaimed video game franchises suffer from bugs and leads to a big mess for fans, developers, and everyone.
PC Port gets shafted by a Triple A dev in favour of the "console experience" once again. Not exactly surprising given Sony and Microsoft pay them for parity between all versions of the game when rightfully the PC version should be making full use of the superior hardware available to it.
I’m getting tired of third party devs treating PC users like crap simply because they get a bit of payment from Microsoft or Sony to force parity between platforms.
Batman has to be the worst triple A port in recent memory, atrocious performance even on the most monstrous of machines (I7 5000 series processor, SLI Titan X kinda power), absolutely shoddy textures, missing graphical features such as AO and Rain Effects, both of which are present in the PS4 version of the game to my understanding, locked at 30 FPS, unlocking frame rate causes massive levels of instability, forced motion blur that causes instability if you remove it, runs like shit on a mechanical hard drive (anything that’s not an SSD), and in some cases trying to verify the data of the download would actually forcibly delete the entire game and download it from scratch (One guy I know had this happen 3 times, and to put that into perspective that’s about 90 odd gigabytes of data downloaded if I'm correct about the size of the game).
It’s just a terrible port plain and simple.
What’s worse is that they passed it off to some shitty dev team consisting of 12 people that makes absolutely crap PC ports to begin with, and gave them 2 months to optimize it. It's a wonder the game even installed properly, let alone ran.
Warner Bros are just a bunch of bastards, as are Rocksteady, as are Iron Giant. They knew full well the game wouldn't run so they threw a frame lock on it and hoped for the best. They had nvidia lie about the frame rates with their videos, which were actually proven to have been sped up, they conned people with codes for the game (People who bought the new 900 Series of GPU from nvidia got this and the Witcher 3 for free) by removing the dlc shortly before release forcing them to buy it full price, and they altered the actual minimum specifications for the game hours before the actual release (and those specs are laughable given they are still above what a "next gen" console can put out)
Witcher 3s CDPR had less of a budget, a smaller team, and less marketing, and yet that game came out in an great state on PC (few bugs here and there but they were quickly fixed, and they have been working on the latest patch for the past few week trying to stamp out the rest of the bugs) Not to mention 16 free DLC packs and a reasonable Expansion Pass that offered an additional 30 hours of content for about 20 odd pounds, compared to Batman’s season pass which costs as much as the goddamn game itself and will likely be a few challenge maps, some skins, and maybe a few hours of extra content.
They should be ashamed to release a game in that state, and they deserve all the crap they got for it. Maybe this will actually make the so called game developers do their jobs properly in the future when it comes to making a respectable port to the PC, though I very much doubt anything will change.
At least we have some of the best exclusive games money can buy to make up for that though so we don’t really lose out in the long run.
Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:45 GMT