Batman: Arkham City PC pushed to November

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment confirms Xbox 360, PS3 versions have gone gold for mid-October debut, but PC players will need to wait a few more weeks.

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Vigilantes aren't all about gadgets and goon squad beatdowns. There's also a lot of waiting and watching involved, and PC gamers interested in Batman: Arkham City are going to have to learn that lesson firsthand.

Only a master detective like Batman could deduce details like the murderer's identity and the victim's profession.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that the PC edition of Arkham City will not arrive alongside the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions on October 18. Instead, the publisher has pushed the PC debut back to a November release window. As for the console versions, WBIE did confirm that they have gone gold in advance of their global launches.

This isn't the first Arkham City slight for the PC crowd. In July, WBIE announced a $100 Collector's Edition package of the game that would come with a Batman statue, an art book, a soundtrack, an exclusive downloadable skin, and more. However, only the console versions of the game are receiving Collector's Edition counterparts.

Like its predecessor, Arkham City drops Batman in the confines of an unconventional prison. But where Arkham Asylum stuck players in the halls and courtyards of a mental hospital overrun with the Joker's goons and allies, Arkham City deposits them in a sprawling neighborhood of Gotham City that has been walled off to contain the criminal element.

Under the watchful eye of "warden" Dr. Hugo Strange, who knows Batman's secret identity, inmates of Arkham City are free to do anything they want short of attempting escape. In addition to Strange, the game will feature Batman villains like Two-Face and the Joker.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Batman: Arkham City.

Discussion

208 comments
Arcadius
Arcadius

There is power to be had in the PC Version of the game. What's wrong with the wait? It'll look better and play better anyways.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

lol at all the comments regarding the delay saying pc gamers are getting the bad deal, there hasn't been a reason given for the delay, but the game is getting DX11 & PhysX, so it is in no way a bad console port. I would rather them take there time getting it all optimized and running smoothly. and im pretty sure a lot of the comments are console fans pretending to be pc gamers just to highlight the downside of the delay... and there is apparently some DLC coming early november for this game, so i wouldn't be suprised if the delay was because of a console timed exclusive DLC deal or something. but unless the dlc is something major to do with the story, im not really bothered.

Disturbed_88
Disturbed_88

Oh Great!!! Nov. 15th AC:Revelations + Arkham City come out... But i'll be pretty busy playing Skyrim... My gaming program is way toooooo packed...

clockwork_boy
clockwork_boy

At least is coming to PC. A little bit late, but at least is coming. ;)

oldbomb
oldbomb

This is just CRAZY. I hope nobody buys this game. Maybe then they will realize that PC gamers are pissed off.

coryblaze
coryblaze

I can't wait for this game... Aww this is awesome. I'm not a PC gamer so the push back doesn't effect me. However, I may not like PC gaming... this is crap. I was reading other posts and seeing that PC gamers also don't get special offers on this game. See they will lose that way. You can't be one sided. Like I said I don't do PC gaming but still... PC game is hear and isn't going way. There is no need to keep smacking you guys in the face.

rishipatel
rishipatel

its always about money..game maker thinks that gamers will put whole lot of money into buying console games.... xbox and ps3 games cost more than twice the cost of pc games....

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Well that's... Disappointing, to say the least. But I know why they did it, because everyone's doing it. :(

y_roland
y_roland

So, not only PC gamers have to put up with dumbed down games designed to work on consoles as well as PC, but on top of that we get longer release dates. Really starting to get annoying.

mstrchf12
mstrchf12

PC versions of games are always going to be given much less importance because of all the piracy.Only solution: Go out and buy the game if you really want to play it so badly.Maybe then PC gamers won't be downplayed.

maor231
maor231

its only 13 days the release day is november 1

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@KILLEDbCRITICAL 1. Claim is irrelevant without sources. As easy as it is to find them, that's still a rule in arguing. 2. The discussion about indies was about the selling part which you brought up with 12% market yourself. Don't pretend you don't care about sales when you're the one to bring them up. It's the same as changing rules when you do something wrong, thinking they don't apply to you, what's the point of rules if you don't follow them and you find a way to bypass them? 3. The facts were also that PC and consoles are pretty much the same in worth but consoles are in smaller sums: HDTVs, first party accessories, subscription fees and more expensive games, for instance. 4. Physical or not, I still get my games cheaper than consoleowners (the point of my messages to begin with that you started arguing against) so that I don't care about one's delay all that much, while you were simply indirectly indicating it's the end of the world for PC gamers, (which it isn't, but I'm sure a lot anticipated for this game). Also how we're somehow inferior to other gamers. I'd have respected you had you not flamed and simply been an ass yourself. I do respect many consoleowners and I own consoles too. I just no longer can put myself to pay 60 euros on one game which is like 80 dollars rather than use the same money in multiple games. It's normal to want more for the buck. Oh, and I do believe I've bought more games than you have to know the issue better, not necessarily, but quite possibly. I, just like you, prefer physical copies of games, however low prices make it difficult to not choose the virtual copy considering how secure Steam is. Losing the account is near impossible thanks to Steam Guard. Read your earlier posts a bit and think about it for a change, for example in a perspective that someone said that about your PS3, that one console you fear will explode if you touch the rival's. Maybe you'll see where I'm coming from, probably not. Arguements are a win and lose, the moment you started flaming is when you lost your credibility and the whole arguement besides that. I'm done, nothing to add, it's not like you're going to change your mind whatever I say. Oh, and before you'll go "Hah, you responded", I'll say this: I found it worth responding to this time, because I wanted to finish it up somehow so that I wouldn't waste more time of my own - and yours into this stupid debate. You do know that if you went to say "hah you responded" you'd shoot yourself on the foot by agreeing that it wasn't worth responding to and once again, you wouldn't hurt me at all.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Hmm... sounds like another bad port to PC coming but hey maybe not never know they could go the... naaaaaaah

AJGaming_basic
AJGaming_basic

I am so sick of us PC players getting shafted. Postponed release dates are bad enough (granted, a month isn't bad, not when compared to the delay for AC: Brotherhood), but it's the lack of Collector's Editions and additional content that really pisses me off.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@TevoxZi I find really funny you asking me to backup facts since is right in front of your eyes,you are writing on a thread that show one of the symptoms of PC decay. The "facts" you brought was that you buy games cheaper from steam =)what is to discuss?steam really is the only thing keeping PC alive but to me is absolutely irrelevant,i am a game collector,i want a physical copy of my games,i gladly pay more for it. About indie games/devs that's something i respect and is an excellent thing pc always have,but this is another thing,this will never die as long it have creativity as the name implies it's INDEPENDENT,i never discussed because again that "fact"have nothing to do with the argument. You seem to have this concept of "win"or "loose" an argument,i'm sorry but this is only on you head,i'm not here to win or loose arguments,i'm here to make a stand,if you pc elitists have respect for you fellow gamers you all wouldn't have to endure me. I will enjoy Batman and the whole lot of excelent games out there thank you.

nemesis4x
nemesis4x

Solution:Don't pirate the pc version................ pirate the console version and spread it to your friends!!!!

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

aww sh*t!! here we go again..! but still it's better than a half-finished game..

coop36
coop36

I really feel sorry for the guys that have to wait while others are playing the game. Im not on of those console elitist dorks or pc haters.. I actually have a life. Im sure it will be worth the wait though. At least Battlefield 3 hasnt been delayed.

winshot
winshot

Motherfrakkers why do they break the heart of us PC gamers.... Great now I have to wait for one more month... Damn you guys...!!

Ketorulz
Ketorulz

If you all want PC games to be released early, just remember: they do a lot of interesting security measures to ensure the PC version is copyright protected...despite the lack of evidence to support there is any less piracy on consoles, with people finding new ways to get around anti-piracy on consoles too. Just release them all at the same time. People will buy your games, and only select few robbers will pirate. Think about the more valuable gamers who do buy your stuff. Don't be so bobbed down by a little piracy. It happens. It happened in the PS1 era, it happened with the PS2 and Xbox era and it still happens. It doesn't mean you will be so affected, especially if you are a massive company. I would understand if you are small, or an indie developer (but then again, Steam might be your answer?), but just don't ruin it for the rest of us. And please... no more DRM....it is so pointless and defeats the purpose of playing games. PC should have equal treatment to consoles. Then again, maybe I should get an Xbox 360 or PS3 or even the Wii U when it's out as well, just in case.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@KILLEDbCRITICAL Two last things 1. You talked about the 12% market of PC's and suddenly when I mention about how PS3 and its games sell, how indies sell way better on PC, you're like it doesn't interest you one bit. Now you seem convincing, considering you're the one who brought the whole sales part up. 2. i'm going to ignore you now, there's no point in going on if insulting and repeating is the best you can come up with. Good day, sir. I hope you enjoy your Batman, I truly do.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@KILLEDbCRITICAL What truth? You didn't say anything but the 12% in your defense ignoring the cold facts I provided. It's ironic how you're the one to insult me then say you somehow hit the nail resulting in me getting pissed while insulting is the first thing to pop up from angriness. Insulting is the first symptom of losing an arguement by the way, I reported because flaming is a reportable accuse, not that I'd take your opinions you call facts, personally. One other thing proves you aren't good at arguing, which is the fact that you say stuff without backing it up and make others look for the sources. Providing a "fact" is irrelevant without sources if it requires them. The fact remains that PC gamers enjoy games for a noticeably lower price and consolegamers keep up the propaganda that PC gaming is dead and expensive, which it isn't as you pay the same in smaller sums on a console - which performs noticeably worse. If you can't fill anything arguement worthy in, think twice before hitting the submit button. We're both posting under restrictions called rules, going personal is only going to hurt you and make you less convincing. I'm bashing consoles? I own a PS3 myself, giving you criticism backing them up is in no way related to fanboyism. As far as bashing still goes, you're the one to come here in attempt to laugh at PC owners, don't you think that's a bit low for someone as old as you, at least supposedly, are? I'm ignorant? Perhaps you should look at yourself for a bit having ignored what I posted yet keeping up the "arguement" of your own. Had you provided something against my claims, I would've took them into account and thought about them for awhile, which seemingly isn't so with you.

brainstew0
brainstew0

Not fair! PC gamers always getting short end of the stick..or maybe our version won't come with some letdowns? -_-

Mistwaver1985
Mistwaver1985

I'm not surprised. It seems to of become the norm to alienate PC gamers lately. * Assassin's Creed Brotherhood: PS3 exclusive multiplayer beta months prior to release. * Batman: Arkham Asylum: Joker playable character (PS3) * Assassin's Creed Revelations: Includes the original Assassin's Creed at no extra cost (PS3) * Resident Evil 5: DLC content was only released on console releases (PS3 and Xbox 360). PC gamers are screwed out of doing the 2 DLC chapters added after release. I don't play PC games anymore due to this. I play on my Xbox 360 now. But it would be nice if developers and publishers would quit alienating PC gamers and start giving them the same content that's available on the console versions of the game as well as the same release dates. Afterall, PC's is where the games we're used to playing today were originated from. If it wasn't for PC's franchises such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty wouldn't exist. And furthermore, games period wouldn't exist! I know I'll be flamed and given thumbs down for this comment, but it's just the truth, and it's what the gaming industry has come to these days thanks to gold diggers such as Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Epic Games, Bethesda, Rockstar, BioWare, etc. It's all about money instead of actually trying to give your customers their money's worth, hence all the 5-10 hour games that plague the market now.

justoneguy
justoneguy

C'mon people, we are all gamers, we don't need to make bad of a console or a pc, we have a common sense, the love for games, and we need to respect each other, after all, what matter is to have fun!

Cybrian
Cybrian

Only Batman can solve this mess.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@TevoxZi I don't care about game sales,that 12% you figure out since you so smart,reporting me to moderation was a lame move,what happened?did i strike a nerve?the truth hurts?so thumb me down wasn't enough cause you know that don't affect me. You are a dieing breed,the jacks are stronger than you think,soon your small crew will not be enough to cover the cost of a modern game actualy this cost is only covered thanks to us console gamers who pays this bill,you are blind by pride man you don't see cause you don't want to. Bash console gaming all you want we are here to stay

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

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RavenXavier
RavenXavier

They aren't delaying it to add physx. This is the Same Thing They Pulled with the first game. They ALWAYS push back the PC version because they know it will get ripped a lot easier than the console version and they don't want people downloading it for free instead of buying it. When Arkham Asylum's demo came out it had NVidia's Physx working just fine but when it came time to release the full game they had to delay the PC version so they could add the physx...uh huh....suuure, and if you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. They're delaying the PC version on purpose because they think it will reduce piracy. Notice this article doesn't say exactly "why" the PC version is being delayed. You know why? Because they know most of us aren't stupid enough to fall for the "we need time to add physx" excuse again. Well, these publishers will learn one of these days. As for me, they just lost my pre-order because they're screwing over PC gamers once again because of a unfounded fear of "lost" sales. Here's a hint for you Devs out there, if someone is going to pirate a single player game then they weren't going to buy it to begin with. All you're doing is screwing over the few honest PC players out there who actually BUY your products. You can't honestly tell me they didn't learn how to finish a PC game on time with it's console counterpart after going through this same exact thing with the first game.

couly
couly

If they are delaying it to add nvidia physx then fine. I can wait.

oldbomb
oldbomb

WTF man? This will not reduce the piracy guys but only increase it. Hello, your 360 and PS3 versions also are pirated and they are available 1 month before release date.

myungish
myungish

Don't mind the wait, but I hope this delay isn't due to something like; "Oh crap we f***** up the PC port real bad. Let's try and patch it up in a month!"

djeedah
djeedah

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TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@KILLEDbCRITICAL So paying less for games is illogical, yet you only seem to care about how products sell. You sure make yourself look like a gamer there. "I love games", you say, yet you for sure don't act like it unless you really want to pay more for games. Also, great job going personal with "you all share the same hive mind". It truly shows off your skills at arguing as if you knew us in real life. Also, with the consoles not slowing PC gaming in terms of hardware down. You should really look stuff up before hitting the submit button. The truth is that PC games are less expensive than console games, way less expensive during Steam sales and therefore I think in the long run it becomes cheaper. I want to save money and buy many games and other things, rather than just spend it all on one game. Regardless, have fun in your Batman Arkham City, I'll continue playing other games while at it.

bandarman
bandarman

And here we see how PC is treated by the gaming community. Please people stop pirating games and start buying them legit so that the devs release their games in succession on PC and consoles rather than PC version being the worst and delayed.

backcue
backcue

I have something to say to any game developers that might be reading this. Could you please do the people that buy video games a favor and stop giving us a release date until the game is actually ready to be released.Thank you.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

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pidow
pidow

With the delay, the game should be problem (free) and ready to play....will not complain about the wait......I will be spending that time playing Rage also!.

PRALEXANDRE
PRALEXANDRE

At least I'll have more time to play Rage. The problem is that in November will also be the time to play the devourer of hours, days and months - SKYRIM.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@darth_3pio: Ha, I'm with you on that. At least that way devs get something.

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

I love seeing people posting on a games site to call people nerds. If you post on a game site about the state of the industry, you're a nerd. Welcome to the club, and stop living in denial!

Soccersport4
Soccersport4

Well thanks Edios for pulling a Assassins Creed on me. I was waiting so long for this game to come out. Oh well I guess my bank account will have more money in it for a longer time. This gives me more time to play BF3.

considebalt
considebalt

Oh well, gives me more time to play Rage, then a little bit of batman before my free time is consumed by dragon slaying methinks

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Better to get a complete, no-bugs video game rather than a rushed crap. Sure. I can wait. :)

jer_1
jer_1

Well looks like Rage is what I'm going for then, Rocksteady just dropped the ball right near the goal line. I can't let myself play this on PS3 when the PC version is going to be so much better.

Dante200X
Dante200X

It's a shame they're delaying it....but even more of a shame they don't come right out and say WHY exactly. C'mon Rocksteady, I'm waiting for your reason.

Marky360
Marky360

Wow that Sucks for PC players but luckily for me this is a PS3 buy. Seems like PC players are always getting shafted seems like it'd be better to just get a console it's cheaper anyway.

Moshin07
Moshin07

let's hope the delay is for something useful

darth_3pio
darth_3pio

I'll be waiting for a GOTY edition like I waited for with the last one, $15 on Steam with all DLC, or something ridiculous like that.