Gamers who have illegally downloaded copies of the new Batman game will find they are unable to make the character 'glide' as part of a new anti-piracy measure.

The highly anticipated Batman: Arkham Asylum has only just been released this week. However, gamers that had got their hands on early copies of the game have reported the 'glide' function is unavailable meaning that is certain parts of the game, Batman has no way of avoiding falling resulting in death.

One such gamer posted on the game's official forum about the issue.

"I've got a problem when it's time to use Batman's glide in the game. When I hold, like it's said to jump from one platform to another, Batman tries to open his wings again and again instead of gliding. So he falls down in a poisoning gas. If somebody could tell me, what should I do there," the post read.

In response, an employee of the game's manufacturer Edios, revealed the issue was not a bug but "copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free".

"It's not a bug in the game's code, it's a bug in your moral code," the employee added.

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