Batman: Arkham City has finally been released across Europe, and now, following yesterday’s reports of faulty DLC codes, there have been several reports from gamers in the UK that the game is unplayable, thanks to an error with the DLC itself.
After downloading the Catwoman DLC included with every new copy of the Arkham City, players are prompted with a “downloadable content is corrupt” message, which prevents the game from being played.
Rocksteady’s European Community Manager, Sarah Wellock, has been addressing the problem via the game’s forums. Though the original thread has been deleted, she originally posted:
We are receiving reports of this happening to a small% of people and are looking into it. I am speaking to our team to see if there is a way to resolve it.
Other threads have been started in response to the removal of the original, as well as the lack of communication about the issue. So far, Rocksteady has advised players to delete the DLC from their hard drives and reinstall it to remedy the problem. Some players have found that the problem resolves itself when their console is unplugged from the internet.
I pre-ordered my version of Arkham City and received it early through the mail. Having played it well into the small hours of the morning, I can say that I haven’t had any problems with the game, or the DLC. Granted, I have yet to play it on the day of the game’s official release.
It is a real shame, obviously. I think this whole handling of the Catwoman DLC hasn’t been the smoothest of moves for Rocksteady and Warner Bros. E3 got people thinking that they would be playing as Catwoman in the full game, only to be told that, in fact, she would be in additional day-one DLC for those who bought the title brand new. It was a bit of a dick move. Add in the plethora of additional content from specific retailers, and the whole launch of Arkham City has been far more convoluted than necessary.
Batman: Arkham City is out now for PS3 and Xbox 360. Next month will see the release of the PC version, on the 15th for North America, and the 18th for Europe.