The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight was the worst Batman-related entertainment disaster since the Waynes went to see The Mask Of Zorro. And at least the latter ended with a functional Batman. The game was a quick conversion of the code from the consoles, and it would have been a better adaptation if they'd snapped shards off the Xbox disc until it was shaped like a Batarang and then thrown it through the PC's fan vents. Because that Bataranged computer could at least be fixed.
"This Batcomputer projection shows I could reduce crime 10 times more effectively
by funding after-school programs."
Thousands upon thousands of negative reviews forced Warner Bros. to remove it from sale almost immediately. The game surrendered in the face of hordes of the angry and immediately stopped making money. That's the opposite of being Batman on every conceivable level. These are the people who released and still sell Batman & Robin, with absolutely no shame, and even they realized they'd finally gone too far.
Warner Bros. offered patches. They offered refunds. They recalled physical versions from the stores as if they were trying to remove the evidence of the world's most obviously themed Bat-crime. Online retailers refused to sell it. Online retailers sell horse-porn for Bitcoins, but they refuse to deal with rubbish like this. Warner Bros. publicly announced that they were "restarting" selling the game a full four months after trying it the first time. You'd think a full season of failure would be the most embarrassing thing possible. We'd thought Assassin's Creed Unity was the worst game launch of all time.
Everybody involved in this would be and always will be wrong.
The game was (and is) still broken. It looks like it will always be broken, because Warner Bros. have broken down completely and offered full refunds for anyone who's owned the game for any length of time, no matter how long they've played it. But this looks less like an apology and more like cutting their losses. It feels like an admission the game has moved past unsatisfying sales and into outright liability. They say they'll keep working to fix it, but they couldn't even finish it when they were selling it for millions of dollars. How much work will they put in for zero? This refund feels like a tacit admission that the game as launched was a scam, like they wanted to see if they could get away with making money from it, and now that they've been caught they just want to move on. Faced with a huge mob of angry victims, they just dropped the money and ran. An event that, ironically, would have made Batman unnecessary in the first place.
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