Recently Telltale Games released the first of their newest episodic series, Batman - The Telltale Series with episode 1, Realm of Shadows, on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. While the game has received some praise and decent review scores, there has been one major overwhelming exception to that, and it was on the PC where the game has been lambasted for poor performance. While many Telltale games have had mediocre performance in the past, with a new engine there was hope for better performance. People were especially not expecting a step backwards in some areas like controller support.
Telltale released the first patch today to address some of the issues with Batman - The Telltale Series. Telltale explains that they believe many of the issues were due to running the game on integrated graphics cards, or the results of outdated drivers. While the patch has helped some users, there are still many reported issues on the steam forums and in other communities. These range from things as minor as achievements not working to the inability to even start the game without crashing.
The patch notes weren't very long or specific but here they are:
- Automatically defaults the game to run on dedicated graphics card
- Adds graphics settings to enable selection of Higher Performance Textures or Higher Quality Textures (please select Higher Performance if performance is an issue)
We'll keep following this and keep you up-to-date on the situation on Batman - The Telltale Series on PC and TechRaptor will be covering the game more in the future. The first episode is currently available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
The Patch notes update was one of the ruder and most dismissive ones I've seen. The way they addressed it, read like people chose to run it on the integrated graphics card when their own game engine was DEFAULTING TO IT. You can't act all high and mighty like you optimized it when your own engine and game was causing the issue by opting for the generally massively underpowered integrated card over the dedicated card. That's not even getting into things like a lack of controller support and the fact that for many users the game is still not working properly.
I try to generally avoid rants, but I think it is typically a good policy to be respectful to your audience and not act condescending like Telltale did there. There's also the fact that adding graphics for that limited an option is still massively under performing the expected level of a basic PC port and it shows Telltale didn't put much effort into the PC version of the game.
What do you think of Telltale's update? Have you played Batman - The Telltale Series, and if so have you had any issues? Share your thoughts in the comments below!