Batman: Arkham City

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Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City cover
Rocksteady Studios
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
OS X Feral Interactive
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows November 22, 2011
macOS (OS X) December 13, 2012
Batman: Arkham City guide at StrategyWiki
Batman: Arkham City at Wikipedia
Batman: Arkham
Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009
Batman: Arkham City 2011
Batman: Arkham Origins 2013
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate 2014
Batman: Arkham Knight 2015
Batman: Arkham VR 2017

Key points

Games for Windows - LIVE and SecuROM have been removed from the Steam version.[1]

General information

Batman Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Technical Issues section of the official forum.


All non-Steam Windows versions require Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.
All Windows versions activate on Steam, including retail.[1]
The non-Steam OS X version uses Feral Interactive's DRM which requires online activation on their website.
The non-GOTY version upgrades to GOTY when activated on Steam.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro movies[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\BmGame\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename StartupNV.swf and Startup.swf

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
A well-written post on the Steam Users' Forums about the way the game handles save data. Note that this forum post is only relevant to the deprecated GFWL version.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\WB Games\Batman Arkham City GOTY\BmGame\Config\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/200260

Convert GFWL savegames to Steamworks[edit]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

External video settings.
External video settings.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Change FOV[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open BmInput.ini.
  3. To bind a FoV value of 100 to F10, add this line at the end of [Engine.PlayerInput]: Bindings=(Name="F10",Command="fov 100").

The result:


The game might revert this change when graphic or control settings are altered, especially when using the separate configuration tool. In case of multiple edits to an .ini file, it is useful to make a copy of the customized file and copy it over the reverted one when necessary, in order to avoid repeated manual editing.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open UserEngine.ini.
  3. Under the [SystemSettings] section, add line MaxAnisotropy=16.

High frame rate[edit]

Raise frame rate smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open BMEngine.ini.
  3. Search MaxSmoothedFrameRate. Best value should be your monitor refresh rate +2 so e.g. with 144hz monitor value should be 146. Change configs value to this. There may be multiple instances so change them all.
  4. Save file and make it "read only".
For more information, see the Unreal Engine 3 page.

Input settings[edit]

External key map settings.
External key map settings.
The gamepad layout for Batman: Arkham City
The gamepad layout for Batman: Arkham City
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separate inversion of look, rotation, flight controls and Batarang flight controls.
Controller support
XInput supported, DirectInput has some mapping issues.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Disable mouse smoothing[edit]

Disable Mouse Smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open BmInput.ini.
  3. Under the [Engine.PlayerInput] section, change the value of bEnableMouseSmoothing to false

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
SFX, Music and Dialogue.
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 5.1 output[4]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Includes localization for Spain and Latin America, but it depends on Windows Language preferences (for Latin America, Windows language must be on Español (México), for Spain must be on any configuration of Spanish). Spanish translation is dubbed meanwhile Latin America translation is only subbed. For configure through UserEngine.ini, change ESN to ESM.
Fan translation, see Turkish.


A Turkish fan translation is available.

It does not include Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC.

Change language[edit]

By default the Windows system language takes over other preferences.
Change game language[5]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open UserEngine.ini.
  3. Change the language to the code of your desired language


Menu texts preference can be simply overridden with -LANGUAGEFORCOOK=XXX parameter
Dialogues preference can be simply overridden with -LANGUAGE=XXX parameter
Language codes (XXX) and available localizations can be checked in the <path-to-game>\BmGame\Localization\ folder
Change launcher language[citation needed]
Every time you start the launcher, the game takes over the launcher's language settings, so you should consider changing this, too.
  1. Open <path-to-game>\BmGame\Config\Launcher.ini
  2. Search for '[Launcher.CultureMap]'.
  3. Put a semi-colon in front of each line except 'default=Int' and your desired language.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
DirectX 9 only.

Issues fixed[edit]

Low FPS[edit]

Turn off PhysX and DX11, as both of these features are resource-intensive.
Ensure you have the latest DirectX End-User Runtimes.

Game crashes[edit]

Force 2-core affinity[citation needed]

Gray screen after fight with Joker[edit]

Gray screen after fight with Joker[citation needed]
After beating Joker in the Steel Mill, you may encounter a gray screen that looks to be a cutscene that refuses to load. It tells you you can skip it by clicking the left-mouse button, but doing so will have no effect.
If you encounter this problem and you have the game on Steam, try validating your cache.
  1. Right click on Batman: Arkham City in your Steam library
  2. Select Properties
  3. Select Local Files
  4. Select "Check integrity of game cache files".


The process might complete too fast (less than three seconds for a game of several gigabytes). If that's the case, launch the game and load up the menu. Press Alt+F4 and GfWL will helpfully inform you that you might lose unsaved progress. Click Yes to continue. Try validating your game's cache again.
If validating your cache did not work or you do not have a version of the game on Steam, delete the game's local files (Steam -> Batman: Arkham City -> Remove local files), reinstall the game and try again. Luckily your saves are stored in the Steam Cloud.

No sound or weak sound[edit]

No sound or weak sound[citation needed]
  1. Update your sound card drivers.
  2. If problems persist, ensure sure you have volume set to max for Batman Arkham City in the volume mixer (click on the little speaker icon in the bottom-right of your screen in the system tray).
  3. If you're in-game, just Alt+Tab out of the game and check if Batman Arkham City is set to max in the volume mixer.


Another tip you could try is to go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Communications Tab then select the "Do Nothing" radio button to permanently fix this issue.

Game crashes right after launch[edit]

Game crashes right after launch[citation needed]

The Windows 7 event log may show entries like this:

Problem signature:

Problem Event Name: APPCRASH

Application Name: BatmanAC.exe

Application Version:

Application Timestamp: 00000000

Fault Module Name: BatmanAC.exe

Fault Module Version:

Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000

Exception Code: c000001d

Exception Offset: 0348d7d2

OS Version: 6.1.7601.

Locale ID: 1033

Additional Information 1: b1da

Additional Information 2: b1dad02de602a574f3e3edfa7bc260e4

Additional Information 3: 3984

Additional Information 4: 3984b60a0d265364fe265f881509cbd0

If you are using EMET and set SEHOP to opt-out, Batman Arkham City needs to be added to the opt-out list. To do this:

1) Create an empty text file

2) Add theses lines:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\BatmanAC.exe]


3) Save it as batman.reg (name doesn't matter, just the .reg extension is important)

4) Double click it

5) Run Arkham City

If that doesn't work, you may have to try disabling SEHOP globally:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\kernel]


Game crashes during introductory cutscene[edit]

Install PhysX or disable it[citation needed]

Fix for missing Catwoman controls[edit]

While able to do the "quickfire disarm" for Catwoman while using a gamepad, this move is unusable with a keyboard, as it has no button associated with it.
Edit UserInput.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open UserInput.ini.
  3. Find the line IniVersion=6.9
  4. Under this line add Bindings=(Name="KEY1",Command="HoldToZoom | QuickGadgetY", Shift=false, Control=false, Alt=false, bIgnoreShift=false, bIgnoreCtrl=false, bIgnoreAlt=false):META:COM_QUICK_GADGET1,1,-1,-1,"",false,true,CI_QuickWhip
  5. Replace KEY1 with the desired key for batclaw/whipdisarm, - note that if a key is already used for another function it can't be associated with this action
  6. Under this line add Bindings=(Name="KEY2",Command="HoldToZoom | QuickGadgetB", Shift=false, Control=false, Alt=false, bIgnoreShift=false, bIgnoreCtrl=false, bIgnoreAlt=false):META:COM_QUICK_GADGET3,1,-1,-1,"",false,true,CI_QuickCaktrops
  7. Replace KEY2 with the desired key for pulse/caltrops - note that if a key is already used for another function it can't be associated with this action
  8. Find the line .Bindings=(Name="KEY3",Command="PCQuickGadget 1", Shift=false, Control=false, Alt=false, bIgnoreShift=false, bIgnoreCtrl=false, bIgnoreAlt=false):META:COM_QUICK_GADGET1,1,-1,-1,"",false,true,CI_QuickBatClaw,CI_QuickCaltrops (KEY3 is your set batclaw/whipdisarm binding)
  9. Find the line .Bindings=(Name="KEY4",Command="PCQuickGadget 3", Shift=false, Control=false, Alt=false, bIgnoreShift=false, bIgnoreCtrl=false, bIgnoreAlt=false):META:COM_QUICK_GADGET3,1,-1,-1,"",false,true,CI_QuickMagBlast (KEY4 is your set pulse/caltrops binding)
  10. Replace both KEY3 and KEY4 with "Unbound"
  11. Save the file

Missing Penguin Statues[edit]

Sometimes Penguin statues may become invisible, and cannot be destroyed, but can be locked on with a batarang.
Missing Penguin Statues[citation needed]
  1. Verify the game cache or reinstall the game.

MSI Afterburner OSD does not show[edit]

MSI Afterburner OSD does not show[citation needed]
Open RivaTuner (the tool that comes together with MSI Afterburner), add the game file BatmanAC.exe, and activate or deactivate Custom Direct3D support depending on the global setting.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
OS X only.
Shader Model support 3, 5
64-bit executable
OS X only.[citation needed]


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon X2 4800+
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
2.5 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 17 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 3850
Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
AMD Radeon HD 6970
Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5 10.8.2
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.0 GHz Intel 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM 512 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Batman: Arkham City GOTY
  2. Batman Arkham City | WSGF
  3. B-AC - FoV Setting? - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  4. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  5. How to change the language in Batman Arkham City - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)