Batman: Arkham Knight patch is still weeks away

— 8:10 AM on August 21, 2015

That rumor of Batman: Arkham Knight not being patched until fall is looking pretty accurate. In an update posted on the game's Steam Community page, Warner Bros. Interactive shared news of the next patch for the game, which it expects to release "in the next few weeks." The company also explained which improvements are supposed to be in the patch:

  • Reduced frame rate hitches
  • Optimized system memory and VRAM usage
  • Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)
    • Min Spec AMD GPU is once again the Radeon HD 7870 2GB
  • More Robust In-Game Settings, including:
    • Added the ability to change settings for Max FPS to 30/60/90
    • Added toggles for Motion Blur, Chromatic Aberration, and Film Grain
    • Added a “High” Texture Resolution value
    • Added Texture Filtering option
    • Added an Adaptive V-Sync option (NVIDIA only)
    • Added VRAM Usage Meter
    • Added Mouse Sensitivity Slider & Mouse Smoothing Option
  • Fixed low resolution texture bugs
  • Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)

Those are some nice changes, especially the increased framerate caps (although we'd still like to see them removed entirely). It also seems like WB Interactive is getting more performance out of AMD graphics: the recommendation for a Radeon HD 7950 with 3GB of RAM is no more.

In any case, it sounds like Batman: Arkham Knight may finally be getting a proper PC release, three months after launch. Warner calls this its "first interim patch" for the game, possibly indicating that the studio hasn't fixed everything it wants to. The patch is still a ways off yet, though—it's only being tested right now, not released. Warner says it will have another update to share "in the next two weeks."

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