Warner Bros. stopped selling Batman: Arkham Knight's PC version so that developers could fix many of its largest issues. We may have to wait longer than expected for the game to return to PC.
Kotaku obtained an email sent to EB Games staff in Australia that says the game still needs several months of fixes:
As previously advised, we have stopped sales of Batman: Arkham Knight PC while Warner and Rocksteady work on addressing performance issues with the game. The latest information from Warner is that the updates won’t be available until Spring. Due to this we have made the difficult decision to recall all PC stock from stores to return to the vendor until an acceptable solution is released.
Keep in mind that this was addressed to Australian workers. Australia's spring takes place during our fall. That means Arkham Knight's PC edition may not be on sale again until September at the earliest.
If that's true, that's embarrassing. I'm not sure I can remember a game ever being yanked off store shelves that long because of technical problems. Usually, when a game's that broken, the publisher just delays its actual release. According to a recent report, WB knew before launch that the PC edition was in trouble, too.
Arkham Knight debuted on PC and consoles last month. At launch, PC gamers experienced many performance issues with the game. For example, users were experiencing pop-in and stuttering even with settings turned way down. Unlike Witcher 3's technical issues, Arkham Knight's problems are experienced by both AMD and NVIDIA hardware users.
Rocksteady Studios released a 67 MB update for PC a few weeks ago to help out gamers who already own that version. This patch stopped a couple crashes along with a glitch that disabled rain. However, there's a lot more to be done. Here's the developer's official to-do list for the PC version:
Due to these technical problems, PC gamers will also miss out on Arkham Knight's post-launch content. That includes the Batgirl: A Matter of Family, a prequel adventure that arrived on PS4 and Xbox One this week. Rocksteady hasn't announced when the PC edition will be getting Batgirl or the other planned add-ons but it presumably won't happen until major fixes are implemented.