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Telltale Release Update for Troubled Batman PC Port

Telltale has released an update to combat a number of performance issues with Batman on PC.

Forget The Joker, Hugo Strange, Two-Face or any of the others -- it seems Batman's real arch nemesis is in fact, the personal computer.

Episode One of Batman: The Telltale Series was released earlier this week to generally favorable reviews -- with the exception of PC players, many of whom have taken to Steam to voice their woes over yet another bad PC port of a game starring The Dark Knight.  

Numerous user reviews reveal the game suffers from poor performance issues with the main culprit being an awful frame rate. Other users have pointed out issues with controls, as well as audio that's out of sync with the cutscenes. 

Telltale has investigated the complaints and surmised that the issues result from running the game on integrated graphics cards rather than dedicated, or from using drivers that aren't up to date.  

According to the developer, the new patch: 

  • Automatically defaults the game to run on dedicated graphics card 
  • Adds graphics settings to enable selection of Higher Performance Textures or Higher Quality Textures 

This is the second wave of bad luck for Batman on PC. Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight launched with a PC port so broken that it was pulled from Steam shelves. The game was reintroduced but the troubles continued, culminating in Valve offering up refunds to those affected by the botched launch. 

Whether the patch will fix the numerous performance issues in Batman: The Telltale Series remains to be seen. But for now it might not be a bad idea, if you have the option, to opt for the console version.  
 

Published Aug. 4th 2016

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