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Batman: Arkham Knight for PC re-launches on Steam Oct. 28

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Batman: Arkham Knight will be re-released on PC on Oct. 28, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today. The game returns to the online store four months after a disastrous bug-filled launch led to its abrupt removal.

When it returns, Arkham Knight will be patched to include all free content that has been release for the game's console editions (excepting any console-exclusive content). That includes the game's photo and big-head modes, the Arkham Asylum character skin for Batman, and character selection in the combat AR challenges.

PC users who bought the game's season pass of downloadable content will get all DLC that has been released to date. Details are on the Batman: Arkham Knight Steam page.

"We want to give particular thanks to the members of the PC community who took the time to give us clear, detailed feedback and bug reporting," WBIE said.

Batman: Arkham Knight launched June 23 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One after about three years of development and two launch delays. The console editions were widely hailed by critics (including Polygon, scoring it a 10). The PC port of the game, developed by Iron Galaxy Studios, arrived in such a broken state that WBIE apologized and pulled it from the Steam online store days after launch, with Steam's new refund policy playing a role in that decision.

Reports later surfaced saying WBIE knew of Arkham Knight's problems but chose to launch it alongside console editions anyway. Rocksteady Studios, the developer of the console version, stepped in to take over repairs from Iron Galaxy in June. Meantime, those who bought Batman: Arkham Knight on PC before its removal from the Steam store were able to apply a patch that aimed to solve several of the major problems, including stabilizing the frame rate and optimizing GPU performance. That patch was made available in August.

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