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I mean it, I'm almost out of relevant Batman pictures.

I mean it, I’m almost out of relevant Batman pictures.

Awwwww here we go.

Just a little over a month ago, Rocksteady assured those who have been eagerly anticipating a working version of Arkham Knight on PC that an interim patch would be out in August. Most sensible people took this to mean that a patch would likely come just as the month is closing out, since putting it in such broad terms allows for some flexibility while not going against their promise.

As you’ve probably already figured out by this point, Rocksteady does not anticipate they’ll even meet that mark. In a statement posted on the Steam page for Arkham Knight, Rocksteady says that they have begun testing the first major patch, and intend to report back “in the next two weeks” with probably another vague estimate on when it might drop.

The patch will include numerous fixes, such as:

  • Improved VRAM usage
  • Reduced hitching
  • Ability to up the frame rate to 60 and 90
  • Toggles for motion blur, chromatic aberration, and film grain
  • A high texture value
  • Adaptive v-sync for NVIDIA cards
  • VRAM usage meter (which I wish more games would include)
  • Fixes to texture resolution bugs
  • Fixes to hitching when reading off a mechanical hard drive

Rocksteady has also promised that the team is continuing to work hard on a fix that allows users to skip the boot/splash screens that doesn’t require editing the .ini file, a photo mode not unlike the one recently added to console versions of the game, and of course that hot hot DLC you probably shouldn’t buy.

It’s all closed out with a nice friendly thank you for everybody’s patience, followed by hundreds of angry comments about how WB is fucking people yet again.

Truly, it’s a never ending story.

 

I am rapidly running out of Batman pictures.

I am rapidly running out of Batman pictures.

I was hesitant to report on the leaked memo from EB Games Australia that has been making the rounds for a couple days now. Primarily because WB themselves had planned to issue a statement within the week about the current state of  the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. Well, wouldn’t you know, it sounds like that leaked memo is prooooobably legit, as WB doesn’t expect the next interim patch to drop until August.

As an update, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Rocksteady and our partners are targeting an interim patch update for existing players to be released in August. This update will address many of the issues we listed in our June 27 update.  We will provide additional details as we finalize that interim patch over the coming weeks.

We would like to thank you for your continued patience and invaluable feedback. We are continuing to monitor and listen for any additional issues and are driving towards a full update for everyone as quickly as we possibly can.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Meanwhile, some industrious young fellow by the name of Kaldaien has posted a hotfix on the Steam forums that helps resolve stuttering and other performance issues in the game, especially those encountered when running Arkham Knight at 60FPS. Having already tested the fix myself, I can say that it does actually fix a lot of the performance issues with the game, though some minor stuttering and screen tearing is prevalent. It still makes it much more playable, and that’s the most important thing.

If you want to try the fix for yourself, you can find more information here.

In Progress documents playtime spent with a game on the way to a full review. In Progress also serves as a testament to opinions of a game that might not get finished for a full review, due to extreme shittiness. I wish I had thought of this feature when Destiny came out.

Dying Light doesn’t make the best first impression. You are a semi-military dude with an organization called the GRE, who are clearly the good guys and not up to something sinister at all. Immediately after parachuting into a zombie-infested hot zone, some random thugs jack your shit and you get bitten. Crane, the main character, is thus shown to be completely incompetent, which might work if Dying Light was meant to be a Get Smart-type comedy of errors. It’s not. Dying Light thinks everything is completely serious, even when it attempts a joke.

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I mean, that’s pretty much it. It’s called WWE Immortals. There aren’t any other details to speak of right now, but considering the runaway success the Injustice mobile game enjoyed, it shouldn’t come as a shock that they’re doing something similar.  You can read the whole self-fellating press release after the break, where they don’t mention if you can make Bane break John Cena’s back, or have the Hulkster fight his arch-nemesis: Captain Boomerang.

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Noted gossiping shithead Nikki Finke, after being fired from Deadline for shithead-related reasons, formed her own website with which to be a gossiping shithead. On said site, she has posted the following Hot Scoop(?): WB’s supposed plans for comic movies over the next few years.

Take this with a grain of salt, because until Comic-Con next month who knows what’s going on in WB’s drug-addled hivemind, but she does have a history of being mostly correct.

May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2