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.
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.
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.