Warner Bros. is working on fixing the crippling problems that riddle Arkham Knight's PC release. Until it's managed to stop the game's frame rate crashing into the single digits, its action stuttering, and its textures from disappearing it won't work on the DLC due out on the PC.
This is in stark contrast to Batman: Arkham Origins, where Warner Bros. said it wouldn't patch game bugs, instead focusing all its attention on making DLC.
"Our continued focus on getting the right PC fixes in place for the main game has had an impact on the development of all DLC content for the PC version of the game," Warner Bros. wrote on the Arkham Knight forums. "This means that the Batman: Arkham Knight – Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC will not be available on July 14th for those who are currently playing the PC version of the game. We apologise for the delay and only want to make sure that any content that we offer is up to the standards that PC players expect."
It's good that Warner Bros. is prioritising fixing the game. Though, if the publisher had gone ahead and released DLC with all this blood in the water then it wouldn't have made itself any friends. Plus, considering Arkham Knight's currently unavailable in the Steam Store, it wouldn't make much sense to release DLC for a game people can't buy.
As to those in-development fixes, Warner Bros. say that "we believe we have identified a number of fixes for the larger issues that were affecting PC players at launch. These fixes are currently being implemented into the game and once we have been able to do some initial testing, we’ll have a better idea on the status of our progress. We’ll provide an update on how things are developing next week."
So, no real news on that front. It seems like Rocksteady really lost track of the state of the PC version of Arkham Knight. But, we've heard from sources that Warner Bros. knew how bad a state the game was in ahead of launch and released it anyway. If that's the case then this apology doesn't ring true: "We would like to apologize to you, the fans, and let you know that we are taking full responsibility for releasing a product that did not meet our quality standards, which is why we suspended sales of the game as soon as we understood the issues. The Batman: Arkham Knight fans are extremely important to us and our highest priority is ensuring PC users get the full, high quality experience of Batman: Arkham Knight they deserve."
The publisher claims to have learned its lesson from the experience. "We can also assure you that because of this latest launch, we are modifying the internal review process for all of our games," the spokesman says on the forums.