Batman: Arkham Origins has no plans to fix several game breaking bugs

The developer said that it's busy working on story DLC and has no plans to address a number of existing issues with the game.

Warner Bros. Games Montreal has said that it's working on more story DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins, but that it currently has no plans to release another patch to address several issues that the developer is aware of.

"The team is currently working hard on the upcoming story DLC and there currently are no plans for releasing another patch to address the issues that have been reported on the forums," a community manager said in a post on the game's official forums.

Batman: Arkham Origins players have suffered from numerous minor bugs since the game's release, but also game breaking bugs, like corrupted save files on Xbox 360, repeated crashes in certain parts of the game, and being locked out of certain missions or other content.

Warner Bros. Games Montreal said that if it decides to release another patch, it will attempt to solve these progression issues, but not other bugs.

"If we do move forward with creating a new patch, it will try to address the progression blocking bugs for players, not the minor glitches that do not prevent one from continuing to play," the post reads. "The issues that are not progression blockers will unfortunately no longer be addressed. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused for some of you, and want to thank you for having been patient."

This is a doubly insulting to those who own the game on Wii U, as Warner Bros. also recently announced that it will not release DLC on that platform, forcing Nintendo to refund players who already bought the Season Pass.

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Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer in search of the Citizen Kane of burritos.

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notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

How funny would it be if that patch update that fixes all the game bugs, comes out after they release their DLC, like all game developers usually do and pretty much make all of you look like idiots?

jark888
jark888

I just know once Warner Bros. took back development right of the game; they couldn't match great work from the original developers of the series. This could be the starting point of downfall in popularity of the series.

red-orc
red-orc

I expected, they already fixed those game breaking bugs and started again from scratch. Result after 10 hours in game: my second CORRUPT SAVE!

Wardishy
Wardishy

Well screw you then WB Montreal. 

I never experienced any severe game-breaking bugs but I did experience a lot of really annoying and inconvenient ones. Bugs which I do not remember ever experiencing in Rocksteady's Arkham games.


I've replayed Arkham City a whole bunch of times all of the way through and even still occasionally play the challenge maps. However my experience with Arkham Origins put me off replaying it as it can just become a bit of a chore to play, especially when you have to restart a session.

wallydog63
wallydog63

And this is why I don't buy their games.  End of story.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Um.. that was the original POINT of DLC.  To fix wrongs done in prior release.

When I found out Rocksteady wasn't doing this game, I decided not to pick it up.  Then I heard other things, all negative, which made me feel pretty good about my decision.

This is just the cherry on the poop cake.

Dakhoth
Dakhoth

Once all the gaming news sites (like Gamespot) started reporting this, the Arkham Origins Community Manager Posted this:

"Hi everyone,

We want to clarify a few details and rectify any misconceptions regarding our plans for any future updates for Batman: Arkham Origins.  The studio did not stop working on updates in order to move its resources to focus solely on DLC.  The studio has various teams that work on different aspects of the title; the team working on DLC is and has been separate from the team working on any updates for the game. 

Following the launch of the game, the team worked hard to investigate and address the issues that were fixable with a focus on any issues that were preventing players from progressing.  The team’s goal post-launch was to ensure the best possible game experience and that stance has not changed. Several patches were issued and with patch 1.05, the team feels confident that the most challenging issues for players have been addressed.  At this time, we currently do not have plans to issue any additional updates. 

We will continue to listen to our players and we are committed to addressing issues raised by the community in the best way possible."

The Arkham Origins Forum Community Manager tried to backpedal, but then reiterated that they "currently do not have plans to issue any additional updates" in this recent Post.  Basically they've fixed everything that they feel is "progression blocking" (even though users are still reporting those issues the patches supposedly fixed), they don't plan on fixing anything else that blocks "progression" and they have zero plans for fixing other annoying bugs (e.g. enemies getting back up after they have been taken out and becoming untouchable; enemies getting trapped in a wall and becoming untouchable; certain keyboard controls missing for PC players; audio bugs cutting off dialogue in mid sentence; challenge maps not unlocking after conditions have been met; Dark Knight System challenges not unlocking after conditions have been met; Dark Knight System challenges unlocking when conditions haven't been met; etc.).

On the plus side, anyone who has already purchased the Season Pass gets to find all the bugs the unreleased DLC will have!  Won't that be fun for all the people WB Montreal has already suckered with their crappy programming and distasteful business practices?

Vexov
Vexov

Oh, really glad i never bought it then. Go fk yourself WB games, gl in the future with your sales.

RynTM
RynTM

Automatic 2 point review reduction to all future Warner Bros games.  Happy 8 day WB.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Oh...ok.  I won't be purchasing the game at all then, thank you for the warning Warner Bros. Games Montreal.

dlaney34
dlaney34

This is probably the most offensive PR I've ever read from a game developer. The audacity of these firms is downright chilling.

the_broodlord
the_broodlord

Well that's a shame i actually liked this game but even though i haven't experienced any bugs i definitely wont be buying this DLC

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

So this says that they will never compare to Rock Steady then. And, the next Barman game these guys make will under sale since they're turning off consumers.

GarGx1
GarGx1

So what they're saying is


'We have your money and don't care if the game is broken for some. We'll have new DLC out soon so you can give us more money for broken software, that we won't fix or support either'


Strange public relations and marketing strategy. I can see this article receiving an update once WB hear about it.

wolv25
wolv25

First Batman: Arkham game is nice so I believe this one will be better.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

I'll say it again... this developer SUCKS!


I was actually planning on buying this game at one point, but obviously I'll never make that purchase now.  It's shocking that they'd actually admit to such a decisions so openly...  "nah we wont fix the game, but any suckers who bought it can look forward to more paid story DLC!"  *puke* 


You suck Warner Bro's!

Whakamole5
Whakamole5

It kills me that developers and publishers do this with beloved franchises. Warner Brothers Montreal, you will be remembered as the team that killed a great Batman series...

minkbikini
minkbikini

sold it after a week of frustration

xGr4ffitix
xGr4ffitix

Lol. What a great business idea. "We don't care if people can complete our games, just as long as people buy them and our added content. If we're getting paid, and we're happy, that's what truly matters."

hekifier
hekifier

Was never a fan of the Batman games (though Arkham City was vastly overrated) so I'm gladly unaffected by this, but wow. Way to piss and shit on all your fans. My condolence goes out to all of you. They don't give a rats ass for the folks who spent their hard earned money on this trash. What has this generation come to when developers would rather force-feed half-broken DLC packs than bother to fix the damn game they produced? At least Arkham City was developed by skilled, hard-working people who tried their best to make it the best game they could be. But no, it was a great idea to throw the sequel into the hands of an incompetent developer who doesn't know what the hell they're doing. And don't get me started on the continued spite the Wii U is getting. This is shaping up to be one of the worst console generations in recent memory. It won't be long before only first party titles are safe to drop money on. Hopefully Warner Brother Montreal joins Crapcom and EA while they get the shit squeezed out being the horrible roach infested, cow-dung smelling, decrepit asinine corporations they are.

Aspire85
Aspire85

Great attitude. 


I think we'll continue to see more of this unless people vote with their wallets now. I've noticed a difference in 'business tricks/tactics' since DLC first came into play until recent times..


Perhaps more could be spent on the development of the game rather than the marketing department?

cornbredx
cornbredx

K. I don't have plans on buying it then.

Sounds like they got what they wanted out of it and I hear it's not that great anyway.

The first 2 are pretty solid games, so it doesn't sound like I'm missing out.

zerox2m
zerox2m

2013 = year of the bugy games and greedy corps

Cobra_nVidia
Cobra_nVidia

IT'S LIKE THE GAME IS BEING PUBLISHED BY UBISOFT OR SOMETHING!!!


I mean, seriously, how the hell do they sleep at night?


I haven't bought any of these games, and definitely won't in the future. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"busy working on story DLC and has no plans to address a number of existing issues"

And then they wonder how come some people get's mad about DLC...

dreamreaver721
dreamreaver721

From their website:


"Top 5 Values"


Inspire, have FUN and push the limits!

Be rigorous, be solution-driven

Foster a positive, forward looking attitude

Be respectful and transparent

Be proactive and adaptive

If these are the values they champion, these recent comments about not fixing the numerous bugs and not releasing DLC for the Wii U contradict at least three of them (bold italics), quite possibly all of them. It’s great they want to concentrate on DLC for gamers who paid extra money for the season pass, but if the main game runs as poorly as it does and breaks things like saves and crashes the console, I’m not sure what value the DLC provides. Might as well polish a turd. It’s sad to see gaming reduced to this level of disrespect and lack of concern for the gamers who pay their salaries. I’ll think twice before laying my money down for one of Warner Montreal's games. It's clear they couldn't give a crap less about gamers.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

I wish people wouldn't buy the DLC, but gamers are gamers. Sadly, they industry will never learn. Console manufacturers should be the ones who step up. They shouldn't allow them to sell their DLC until they fix their broken game. 


Is there a petition about this yet?

angelcage2
angelcage2

the short version: "we will not fix our broken shit, BUT you have to buy new DLC that will also be break and that we will never fix either... Yeah, buy DLC even if you can't play the damn game anymore"

Greedy sons of a filthy lady, I will never buy a game from Warner Bros again; no matter how good it is.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Then this is the last Wb game I buy simple as that....this is a middle finger to the consumer btw....

darktruth007
darktruth007

I beat Origins on the 360 myself - I wanna know what some of these bugs are cuz I don't remember encountering them in the game >>

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Them being busy making DLC is very, very different from having "no plans" to fix a broken product.

I was going to pick this up in a Steam sale.  I won't bother now.

firehawk998
firehawk998

The only way to teach WB games here a lesson is not to buy the DLC ( its gonna be mediocre if the last DLC is a indication) at all but hey on the bright side it is the first time that a dev openly said to the fans :" We are not interested in giving fans a good stable working product that you paid for full money"

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

lol, so DLC is more important than fixing a broken game?  Consumers need to start making these companies pay for releasing rushed and broken products

galactic88
galactic88

So what then happens when people buy the DLC and are met with even more progression blockers? Will there response be something like....


"Sorry, we know you just purchased our newest DLC and as much as we'd like to fix it we're currently more consumed with creating the next piece of content we would like you to purchase. When we're finished with that and you've bought it, THEN we will go back and fix the previously released DLC."


AMAZING Marketing Bravo.

Navardo95
Navardo95

I feel sorry for all those shitty Batman fanbabies that were crying "OMG!! BEAST GAEM OF DE YUR!! WOOO BOTMON!!!" and bought it day 1 without even taking a glance at the reviews..

The moment I saw the first gameplay video,I immediately realised where this game was going...As much as I dislike saying it...but even a COD game with all its yearly rehashes shows relatively more change than what Origins did as compared to AC..

Truly thankful that I wait for the metacritic score of a game and go through both user reviews and critic reviews and finally decide my purchase..

But to this blind fanbois that were going on about how it will win GOTY....well have fun with Batman:Arkham Abomination..

Elann2008
Elann2008

@notfrylock1987  

Then they shouldn't go around announcing stupid statements like the one found in this article.

fated_sin
fated_sin

@notfrylock1987  no it won't be funny it'll just piss people off. And pissed off people usually then take their frustrations out on the source which could mean people not buying the dlc or even not buying another wb game ever again. patching takes priority to new content and the fact that they screwed us wii u owners out of the dlc makes the lack of patching any potential problems more insulting. But those of us wii u owners already got payback on wb in the form of the refunds from the big N (which is a perfect example of respecting your customers.) So they want to ruin their reputation with the other end of the origins players I could care less. They're not getting another dime of my money until they have a proper team making a Batman game again. Cause how do you go from doing well on the Wii U port of Arkham City to this mess of a game? I was expecting a game the likes of the Armored Edition with innovative gameplay mechanics but all I got was a map and first person scanning. No menus on the gamepad for an less stop and go experience, no selective detonation on explosive gel, nada. only positive is they never got an actual cent from me since I used trade credit to preorder the game and get the season pass.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@dlaney34  They are from Quebec, it shouldn't be all that surprising...

redskins26rocs
redskins26rocs

@GarGx1  I dont think the devs get the buyers money, but instead get payed by the publisher to create the game thus earning them money and hopefully making a profit. Then again, I am just guessing. More than likely a Warner Bros decision, so they can make more money off of DLC instead of using resources to fix bugs. These devs should get payed either way, whether they fix the product or create more content does not matter it probably all comes down to what WB wants them to do

DaGamer24-7
DaGamer24-7

@Cobra_nVidia  lol you really think this kind of business model represents Ubisoft? The maker of Far Cry 3 and Assassins Creed: Black Flag doesn't even compare to this embarrassment of a game developer. These games in these series were pretty quality games that even if they did have any flaws Ubisoft definitely didnt give their fans the finger and say "im not fixing it". Batman is a warner bros game that definitely shows how little they care about quality in their product and the cries of the people that unfortunately bought the game.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

@darktruth007 thats the thing its different for everyone. Everyone who played through this game got different bugs. some were infinite falling to where you couldnt continue playing at all. some were erased saves shit like that.

DanZillaUK
DanZillaUK

@mosmithhd @OurSin-360Lets be honest, people ARE still going to buy the DLC, heck, some who have commented on how pitiful this kind of thing is on this very page will even buy it. It's sad but, people did it with Fallout New Vegas on consoles too, regardless of how many patches they tried to cover up the holes of that ship with, once your save file got to a certain size insanity ensued. But we still bought the DLC.