Batman: Arkham City is the game PC gamers deserve, but not the one they need right now. Or at least, that's what Warner would have you believe, seeing as the new date puts everybody's favorite batty, bat-themed billionaire on PC a month after his arrival on consoles. On the upside, however, our version's swooping in decked out in all the latest crimefighting tech, including DX11 support, 3D, and... er, Games For Windows Live. Well, they can't all be winners. Unfortunately, it also doesn't come with one of those magical deus ex machina time travel devices from Harry Potter – which is the only conceivable way you'll be able to blast, slash, and ka-biff your way through all of November's major releases before Rocksteady releases Batman: Arkham Galaxy. Hell, we'll probably need one for Skyrim alone.
Rocksteady have released some more superb screenshots of Batman: Arkham City, showing the Dark Knight taking on a wide variety of uglified goons. it’s good to see Bats back in action after the recent rush of Catwoman information.
Getting your sticky fingers on a pirated copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum may not land you in its titular super-powered jailhouse, but make no mistake, thieves and ne’er do wells, there will be consequences. See, one pirate – who apparently forgot to steal himself a brain -- tried to contact developer Rocksteady with a game-related query. Problem: he posed his question roughly a week before the game’s PC launch date.
“When I…jump from one platform to another, Batman tries to open his wings again and again instead of gliding,” the user wrote, detailing Batman’s repeated plunges into Arkham’s poisonous underbelly.
“The problem you have encountered is a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free,” replied Rocksteady’s community manager. “It’s not a bug in the game’s code, it’s a bug in your moral code.”
We’re not saying anything. We’ll just let that sink in.
Batman: Arkham Asylum’s PC edition may have overslept and missed its bat signal, but its DLC won’t be making the same mistake. The PC DLC – which is going for the positively batty price of free-99 – is launching day-and-date with consoles on September 17. That’s two days after Arkham Asylum skulks onto the PC.
Unfortunately, in true Batman style, the DLC’s content is still shrouded in mystery. The game itself is quite good, though, so we’re thinking the DLC will be pretty alright as well.
So, who’s picking up Batman next week? You should. It’s BioShock with a crazy guy in a bat suit, doncha’ know.