“Batman: Arkham Origins” was released last year on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U as a prequel to the Arkham series of games. It was popular enough to receive two spin-off games, one for the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS and one for iOS and Android.
“Arkham Origins” received positive reviews overall, but common complaints were that the developers did nothing to fix the multiple, sometimes game-breaking, bugs and how the multiplayer was mutually unimpressive and unwanted.
Reports of players experiencing glitches flooded online forums after the game’s release. Gamers reported such errors as the game freezing and crashing, audio cutting out, game saves becoming corrupted, save files not being recognized, falling through the world and the story failing to continue.
One hilarious bug in the system causes Batman to be swept up by a magical wind and thrown around the streets of Gotham like a ragdoll. Not even the Dark Knight has a gadget to fight that.
While some of these problems have been addressed by the developer, Warner Bros. Montreal, many in-game issues still exist. Warner Bros. Montreal knows of these problems but has since stated that they maintenance on “Batman: Arkham Origins” is not their priority since they are working on downloadable content for the game.
Recently it was announced the game would receive a story DLC that speculations indicate will feature the villain Dr. Victor Fries, more commonly known as Mr. Freeze.
Warner Bros. Montreal said that while they are hard at work on the DLC they have still not forgotten about the bugs and glitches. A patch may happen in the future, but they have announced that “the issues that are not progression blockers will unfortunately no longer be addressed.”
Another blow came to Wii U owners with the announcement that the new story-based DLC will not be available for the Nintendo console due to lack of demand. In addition, the Wii U version of “Batman Arkham Origins” also lacks the multiplayer available on other systems.
This is not the first time a game has been released with bugs and glitches. “Battlefield 4” was released with an enormous amount of problems that are still being combatted. But unlike Warner Bros. Montreal, the developers of “Battlefield 4” are constantly fixing the problems and giving players free items, such as weapons and item kits, that will hopefully satisfy them until the problems are fixed.
With such a staunch refusal to fix bugs in “Batman: Arkham Origins,” fans of the series, still lingering on whether or not to purchase the title, may ultimately decide it’s not worth it. In that case, new DLCS won’t be enough to entice players who’ve already lost faith with Warner Bros. Games Montreal.
By Symmion Moore