If you picked up Batman: Arkham Knight on PC anytime up until November 17, check your Steam accounts for a treat. Warner Bros. messed up bad, and they know it. In an effort to apologize for the still imperfect game, they’re giving out the rest of the Arkham games for free, and they’re appearing in Steam libraries without buyers having to do anything.
The list includes the Game of the Year editions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, as well as Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate‘s Deluxe Edition. The gifts have only just started showing up in buyers’ libraries, so if you don’t see it quite yet, give it a little time.
Batman: Arkham Knight hit back in June to overwhelmingly positive reviews on PlayStation 4. PC gamers, though, found a less than perfect experience with a locked framerate that frequently dipped to less than acceptable levels, among a variety of other huge problems. This resulted in Warner Bros. and Rocksteady taking an unprecedented step for such a large game – they removed it from retail. Even if you had a rig powerful enough to run the poorly optimized game, it was simply unavailable until just before Halloween. The game is still in need of quite a bit of work, though, so they’re offering refunds up through the end of the year and handing out this free gift.
A lot of customers who picked the game up on PC are likely PC gamers as a rule, so it seems likely that many had likely already purchased most of those other games, making this a significantly less effective gift for quite a few players. It’s still a pretty big gesture that will give quite a few gamers a big batch of titles – if they’re not totally tired of Batman yet.