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'Batman: Arkham Origins' Glitches Persist Even After Patch

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Since its release on Oct. 25, the video game "Batman: Arkham Origins" has been driving players batty with the many glitches found under the hood.

The game's developers released two patches for the game's PC version last night (Oct. 31): a single-player fix from developer Warner Bros. Montreal and another for the game's multiplayer, which was developed by Splash Damage, a separate studio. (The game sells for $59.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and $49.99 on PC.)

The single-player patch means that the Dark Knight returns for many players, as bugs like the now-infamous Burnley Tower glitch are now fixed. But players dealing with the many remaining glitches are still wondering whatever happened to the Caped Crusader.

MORE: 'Batman: Arkham Origins' Review: Brilliance Outweighs Frustrations

Before the patch, the most infamous glitch was in the Burnley district's comm tower, where Batman was unable to climb up a vent and became trapped in the room. It seems funny at first, but glitches like this can be the killing joke that breaks a game.  

Some players developed a complicated workaround for the Burnley tower glitch, but thankfully, it's no longer necessary with the patch, as Batman can now climb into the tower's vent and out of Burnley tower's long shadows to complete the mission.

The Burnley Tower vent glitch is most likely an easy one to fix, as it probably just involves attaching a script, or line of code, to the vent, which would govern the way Batman interacts with the vent as an object in the game world. Other issues, such as guards running in circles or becoming trapped within walls, are systemic.

According to the official updates, the patch also fixed players falling through floors and platforms "in most cases." We still encountered a problem with the elevator in the sewers under the Gotham City Police Department, however.

In the below video, the floor of the elevator rises right through Batman's body, leaving players stranded for a moment before respawning into an elseworld full of green-gray mist with a few floating game assets such as rocks and a distant door.

It looks like a great place to have an existential identity crisis, but not so great if you want to actually finish the game. If you pull a Knightfall and jump off the rocks, Batman will just pull himself back up. You'll have to restart at the last checkpoint to escape this foggy no-man's land.

'Batman: Arkham Origins' sewer elevator glitch

Eventually, we were able to ride the elevator properly by pressing "space" to activate it and then not pressing any other buttons until the ride was over.

Some players found themselves falling in an endless loop at various points in the game as well, but this infinite crisis should also be fixed in the new patch.

If the patch didn't work on your system, you should restart the game, the developers suggest in the official update documentation — but that still may not be enough to get you back to the streets of Gotham. "If restart from checkpoint didn't work, try beating up all enemies around you," the documentation reads.

For the full list of fixes to "Batman" incorporated into the game, check out the WB Games community forum, and report any bugs you find on the thread or the Steam discussion page.

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    Murissokah , November 1, 2013 11:03 AM
    As a player of the last two games, I wonder how they managed to mess this up so bad.
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    IpSifu , November 1, 2013 11:20 AM
    "It seems funny at first, but glitches like this can be the killing joke that breaks a game."

    I see what you did there Jill... Well played.
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    Jill Scharr , November 1, 2013 11:49 AM
    @IpSifu lol thanks! I couldn't resist :)  There's more where that came from: there are 12 Batman graphic novel titles worked into the piece.
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    dextermat , November 1, 2013 12:15 PM
    Yeah, and they are bundling it with expensive video cards...
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    NightLight , November 1, 2013 12:16 PM
    that's why i'm afraid of ati graphics being in all next gen consoles...
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    timaahhh , November 1, 2013 12:31 PM
    ATI Graphics were used in the Xbox 360 and the Wii..... There are not more or fewer glitches from what I've seen on PCs that user nVidia or AMD......
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    joditas , November 1, 2013 12:43 PM
    "As a player of the last two games, I wonder how they managed to mess this up so bad."

    Could be the first two were made by different company, Rocksteady.
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    The Grave Digger , November 1, 2013 12:45 PM
    This is supposed to be a good finale for Batman arkham series before entering a next gen era,but they done F**ked up.
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    bigshootr8 , November 1, 2013 12:45 PM
    They have been quite a few bugs. However, I will say the only but that I had a issue with was the comm tower I never had any issue what so ever with falling through the floor mind you the only game I had a issue with that did that was Borderlands 2 which is a pretty polished game up to this point. And I think with the comm tower the glitch to have yourself catapulted up in the air so you can finish the tower is more fun anyway I thought it was more enjoyable breaking the game to do something then doing it the right way to begin with :p 
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    Justin Pinotti , November 1, 2013 2:57 PM
    I thought it was just my computer that was glitching out. When I first fought the lizard dude i punched him against a wall and my entire screene except the HUD went blank. I couldnt attack but i kept taking damage. Had to restart my game.

    Second time I fought him his character model started flickering.

    Also, a lot of times i'll go to grapple and ill get stuck on a corner thats in the way.

    Too many glitches for a title like this. At least they're patching it ASAP, unlike companies like infinity ward who worry about making sure their next $20 DLC is ready to rob you.
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    toastybatch565 , November 1, 2013 6:59 PM
    Did nobody else get the infinite crisis reference?
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    jimmysmitty , November 1, 2013 7:41 PM
    Quote:
    This is supposed to be a good finale for Batman arkham series before entering a next gen era,but they done F**ked up.


    Its not as bad as its made out to seem. Have you actually played it?

    I have 23 hours. Have beaten the story and am now roaming the streets as (and Jill, you could have used this one pretty easily) Blackest Night Batman.

    The glitches and bugs are not happening to everyone. I only ran into the Burnley tower bug and then once I was diving to the ground, fell through but came back up the other side so it was no issue for me.

    Quote:
    I thought it was just my computer that was glitching out. When I first fought the lizard dude i punched him against a wall and my entire screene except the HUD went blank. I couldnt attack but i kept taking damage. Had to restart my game.

    Second time I fought him his character model started flickering.

    Also, a lot of times i'll go to grapple and ill get stuck on a corner thats in the way.

    Too many glitches for a title like this. At least they're patching it ASAP, unlike companies like infinity ward who worry about making sure their next $20 DLC is ready to rob you.


    First, its Killer Croc he's not a lizard.

    Second, I keep hearing about these glitches but haven't run into them.

    If you want it fixed, just make sure to report it as they said officially so they can try to replicate it then find it and finally fix it.

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    Did nobody else get the infinite crisis reference?


    Yes and more:

    1. Infinite Crisis, way to take it back a long ways
    2. The Dark Knight Returns (another old but very good one)
    3. What ever Happened To The Caped Crusader
    4. Long Shadows
    5. Under The Hood
    6. The Killing Joke (This shows how demented the Joker can truly be. Not even the TDK version Joker is worse than him in this novel)
    7. Identity Crisis
    8. Knightfall (a great series BTW)
    9. Streets of Gotham
    10. Batman Incorporated
    11. Long Shadows
    12. Elseworlds, that's the only other one I see in here.

    Yup. And technically Infinite Crisis was a DC wide thing. Its how they consolidated their multiverse in the 80s/90s much like the current reboot New 52 (which is actually very good BTW).
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    Soda-88 , November 1, 2013 8:36 PM
    Was gonna wait till GOTY edition was released before grabbing one, but reading about all the issues with the game, I guess I shouldn't be holding my breath.
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    somebodyspecial , November 2, 2013 12:16 AM
    I have a problem with any game that cost $50-60 and can be beat in 20hrs or less (heck, might as well say 30), which is why I primarily stick to strategy/rpg until prices bottom on the rest :)  Even at 30hrs I expect some way for it to be worth replaying or I'd still balk. I'd always rather have LESS graphics and more game play. I'm talking single player here, I don't expect to have to go online with a bunch of kids to get my money's worth ;)  This strategy also allows me to avoid the bug infested mess that follows some game releases for a few months :) 

    like Soda-88, I will often wait for GOTY.
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    Spencer Castillo , November 2, 2013 6:25 AM
    "As a player of the last two games, I wonder how they managed to mess this up so bad."

    That is because Arkham Origins is developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal. Unlike the previous two that was developed by Rocksteady Studios
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    inquisitor03 , November 2, 2013 9:32 AM
    I've been playing Batman AO since it was released and the only bug I've encountered is the slight stutter you get when loading is occurring in the background, even with the game files on an SSD.

    Other than that I've encountered no bugs or glitches
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    jimmysmitty , November 2, 2013 2:28 PM
    Quote:
    "As a player of the last two games, I wonder how they managed to mess this up so bad."

    That is because Arkham Origins is developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal. Unlike the previous two that was developed by Rocksteady Studios


    Interestingly enough, Batman AC had worse problems over all. A lot of people couldn't even play the game at all until a patch or two.

    But people forget that. Overall AO is fine. The glitches are not hitting everyone and they released a patch that took care of a lot of the issues.

    But they will still have some.

    Other than that, the story is great.
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    Jill Scharr , November 2, 2013 2:30 PM
    @jimmysmitty You're right there are 12 graphic novel titles in the piece, but you wrote "Long Shadows" twice. The one you're missing is "No Man's Land." :) 
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    jimmysmitty , November 2, 2013 3:28 PM
    I see that. I must have forgotten it.
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    sge21 , November 3, 2013 8:10 AM
    just as Earl replied I am amazed that a mom able to profit $5066 in 1 month on the internet. . .......:> w­w­w.j­o­b­s­6­0.c­o­m
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