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When Batman: Arkham Knight was finally re-released last week for PC, both players and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment hoped their troubles were over. Alas, that wasn’t the case.
After a four-month absence from Steam, during which the glitches the led to the game’s abrupt removal were expected to be fixed, Arkham Knight returned still broken. Seemingly conceding defeat, Warner Bros. announced over the weekend it will offer full refunds through the end of the year to anyone who purchased the PC version.
To mark the long-awaited return of Batman: Arkham Knight to Steam today, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment is showing its appreciation to patient PC players with giveaways — including free digital copies of games from the Arkham series.
Anyone who’s purchased Batman: Arkham Knight for PC prior to 11:59 p.m. PT on Nov. 16 will receive Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate in their Steam user libraries by December.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be available once more on Steam beginning Wednesday, four months after its disastrous PC launch forced Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to suspend sales.
As the publisher announced early this month, all downloadable content released for the console versions will be available for the PC edition — everything from augmented-reality challenges to story packs to skins and Batmobiles. Warner Bros. has a complete content rundown in a statement issued over the weekend.
Despite a troubled rollout that saw the rapid withdrawal of the PC edition, Batman: Arkham Knight has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide since its June 23 launch.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s fighting game Mortal Kombat X, which debuted in April, has also passed that milestone, The Wall Street Journal reports. LEGO Jurassic World, which also premiered in June, has sold about 4 million copies.
Batman: Arkham Knight is expected to be available again for PC by the end of October, nearly four months after Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment suspended sales.
“As many of you know, we released a major patch for Batman: Arkham Knight PC a few weeks ago,” the publisher said in a statement released last night. “While there were significant performance improvements made to the game, the teams are continuing to work on the additional updates that were outlined in our previous post. We expect these updates to be ready at the end of October, at which time the PC version will be made available for purchase.”
Batman: Arkham Knight may have brought Rocksteady Studios’ blockbuster series to an end, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is, unsurprisingly, far from finished with the Caped Crusader.
“Batman is one of the cornerstone IPs for Warner Bros.,” Ames Kirshen, who oversees development of DC Comics games, tells the PlayStation Blog. “With the Arkham series, we were finally able to realize the full potential of the character.”
Community star Alison Brie reprises her LEGO Movie role as Unikitty in a new trailer for LEGO Dimensions that also sees Harley Quinn cheerfully stroll with the Doctor. Seriously. It’s that kind of game
Brie is joined in the voice cast of Warner Bros. Interactive’s toy-to-life game by the likes of Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Chris Pratt, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and a host of others.
No sooner did Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment trumpet the all-star voice cast for LEGO Dimensions than it’s back with the launch trailer for the franchise-spanning toy-to-life game.
Debuting on Entertainment Weekly, the trailer lays out the game’s basic premise — the evil Lord Vortech seeks to rule all the LEGO worlds — while offering a sampling of the franchises involved: The LEGO Movie, DC Comics, Back to the Future, Jurassic World, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo and Ghostbusters, for starters.
Following fast on the heels of Wednesday’s “Adventure Worlds” trailer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have unveiled the Ghostbusters expansion packs for their LEGO Dimensions toy-to-life game.
Announced at GamesCom in Germany, they include a level pack, featuring a playable Peter Venkman playable minifigure, the ECTO-1 and a ghost trap, and two fun packs: one containing Slimer and the other the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have debuted a new trailer for LEGO Dimensions that introduces the 14 Adventure Worlds of the toy-to-life video game.
There’s a DC Comics world, a Simpsons world, a Lord of the Rings world, a Back to the Future world, a Wizard of Oz world, a LEGO Ninjago world — well, you get the picture. They separate from the game’s main story, with each playable character able to unlock the corresponding world.
WB Games and Avalanche Studios have debuted a “Stronghold,” a new trailer for Mad Max that introduces players to the faces and places of the Wasteland they’ll encounter in the upcoming video game.
Debuting Sept. 1 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Mad Max allows gamers to become the legendary lone warrior as they create and upgrade equipment and weapons to survive in the brutal post-apocalyptic world for George Miller’s film series.
Believe it or not, there’s more to LEGO Dimensions than throwing together a bunch of characters from unrelated franchises into the same video game. There’s actually a story, as this new trailer demonstrates.
You see, evil mastermind Lord Vortech vows to rule the LEGO Multiverse by summoning characters from assorted worlds to help him find the Foundational Elements that will allow him to achieve his goal. When a powerful vortex appears and sweeps up characters from DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings and The LEGO Movie, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle set out to save their friends, only to discover that Lord Vortech is summoning villains from different LEGO worlds to help him gain control.
Just a day after its launch, Warner Bros. last night suspended Windows PC sales of Batman: Arkham Knight. The move comes in the wake of thousands of negative user reviews for the highly anticipated finale to the Rocksteady Studios trilogy.
The game has been removed from sale on Steam, although the listing remains.
Complaints about the technical performance of the PC version began to flood social media and Steam shortly after Arkham Knight’s debut on Tuesday, with many users and observers dubbing the launch a “disaster.” Rocksteady’s initial statement on Tuesday referred to “our external PC development partner,” which led to the determination that the PC port was outsourced to 12-person developer Iron Galaxy Studios.
Just days before the June 23 release of Batman: Arkham Knight, WB Games has abruptly canceled the $200 Batmobile Edition.
The highest-tier collector’s edition offered, it came bundled with an 80-page art book, a limited-edition comic, an exclusive New 52 skin pack and a transforming Batmobile statue. Kotaku reports that a problem with the latter, produced by Project TriForce, led to the last-minute cancellation.
We already knew LEGO Dimensions would include Valve’s popular puzzle game Portal in its mashup world, but this new trailer from Warner Bros. and TT Games demonstrates just how fully it will be integrated.
In the video, which debuted at E3, Portal‘s primary antagonist GLaDOS puts Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle through a series of tests that can only be solved using the LEGO Dimensions Toy Pad (it’s what allows players to introduce characters, vehicles and devices into the toy-to-life game). The footage also depicts Homer Simpson, who doesn’t fare so well, and Portal’s protagonist Chell.