Rumour: No physical release for Batman: Arkham Knight PC

JaseC

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Update (07/04): Confirmed to be partially true as WB will only be honouring physical pre-orders placed on or before March 30th.

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The claim comes from the editor of GAF's favourite UK retailer, ShopTo, who says he was told by suppliers that there'll be no physical stock for Arkham Knight PC:

(Thanks to dex3108 for the heads-up.)
 
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Isn't this how folks get it way cheaper at release in Europe? That sucks if so, especially for a release as big as Batman.
 

bomblord1

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There's really no point when even the "physical editions" are just a disc that installs the game and then connects you to the same online service as if you downloaded it.
 

Tampler

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There's really no point when even the "physical editions" are just a disc that installs the game and then connects you to the same online service as if you downloaded it.
Except in most cases, it's cheaper, and is a big help for those on slow Internet connections or Connections with download caps.

I myself am stuck on a 1.8Mb connection, with no signs of upgrading, so I rely a lot on physical disks.
 

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The claim comes from the editor of GAF's favourite UK retailer, ShopTo, who says he was told by suppliers that there'll be no physical stock for Arkham Knight PC:




(Thanks to dex3108 for the heads-up.)
Maybe it only applies to the UK ? Amazon Fr has the physical edition in stock.
 

fredrancour

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There's really no point when even the "physical editions" are just a disc that installs the game and then connects you to the same online service as if you downloaded it.
If you lived in a place with atrocious internet speed or harsh bandwidth caps, then installing off a disc would sound much more significant.
 

Daedardus

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There's really no point when even the "physical editions" are just a disc that installs the game and then connects you to the same online service as if you downloaded it.
PC games are usually £10 cheaper than their overpriced digital alternatives, even though the case is only a download code. Silly that a good that has a larger actual overhead still costs less than one without.
 

Carlius

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good, the physical on pc just brings no money, its the digital. get on with it. physical on pc needs to die.
 

Kezen

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Quite possibly, but the game is still a few months away so a retailer's stock status isn't exactly proof to the contrary.
You are right it might change, I'm one of the last few who still buy physical PC games because my internet is very stable but slow (1.5mb typical download on Steam).
I'd really like to completely abandon the physical format though, digital is just soo much more convenient.
 

JaseC

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You are right it might change, I'm one of the last few who still buy physical PC games because my internet is very stable but slow (1.5mb typical download on Steam).
I'd really like to completely abandon the physical format though, digital is just soo much more convenient.
I know your pain: 1.5Mb was the maximum widely-available ADSL speed here in Australia up until late 2006 or so.
 

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I was never really clear on why that was the case - download caps?
I haven't heard about data caps in Poland (not counting mobile internet of course) in this millenium.
I think it's about "owning". Not to mention physical releases are way cheaper here in Poland.
Pillars of Eternity on Steam costs 42 euro vs in store 34 euro.
Mortal Kombat X 50 vs 36 euro.
 

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I can bet 5€ that it will release as a Steam key with discs box here in Poland.

I should probably not warn anybody thinking they could win this bet that Vanishing of Ethan Carter released as a box here too.
 

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I can bet 5€ that it will release as a Steam key with discs box here in Poland.

I should probably not warn anybody thinking they could win this bet that Vanishing of Ethan Carter released as a box here too.
Lots of indie games are released at retail, things like Super Meat Boy, etc.
 

KillerMan91

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I was never really clear on why that was the case - download caps?
As far as I know European countries generally have a lot better internet connections than US (We haven't had data caps ever here in Finland). It's mostly about the price. Day one retail is cheaper than digital for 99% of the times. At least if you just buy from the Steam and compare it to retail price.
 

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I haven't bought a physical PC game since Skyrim. I don't think there's a large enough market monday to justify it
 

patapuf

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Not where I live, PC shelves are almost empty save for the very big releases. It's easily 1/5 of one console's space.
I'm in switzerland, i guess it could be different in shouthern europe and france but i know it's similar in germany and eastwards.
 

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I have the other Arkham games on Steam so I would have done the same for this, anyways.

I guess they're not offering any physical goodies/toys for the pc version? I never get that stuff but I imagine there'd be a lot of people who would get a special edition that comes with a Batmobile or something.
 

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Aww! I wanted to smell the manual
Sarcasm? We don't get manuals anymore. We hardly get pamphlets. The standard edition for Dragon Age came with nothing but the disc and cover art, and on the inside cover was the manual. lol

They really are trying to cut corners this generation.
 

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I have a 300kb/s connection at the moment - and I still don't buy retail. Since moving to where I am now with this connection, I've planned around that download time since more often than not, I simply don't care about having to wait a day or more for the download to complete since I am pretty busy anyway. Most of the larger games have had preloads that negate this pretty well; I'd assume Batman Arkham would have a preload
 

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I have a 300kb/s connection at the moment - and I still don't buy retail. Since moving to where I am now with this connection, I've planned around that download time since more often than not, I simply don't care about having to wait a day or more for the download to complete since I am pretty busy anyway. Most of the larger games have had preloads that negate this pretty well; I'd assume Batman Arkham would have a preload
And probably a compressed download as well.
 

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If you lived in a place with atrocious internet speed or harsh bandwidth caps, then installing off a disc would sound much more significant.
His point is that you don't really install from disc, even if there is a disc in the case.

Example: XCOM: Enemy Within is a 7GB expansion. You install a tiny stub off the physical disc and then it downloads 7GB from Steam.