Telltale have revealed some new details about their upcoming adaptation of DC Comics’ Batman series.
The company revealed on their website that the game, whose first episode is scheduled for the summer, was selected because they felt that the character fit perfectly with their narrative style which focuses heavily on choices and consequences. The character’s two identities are perfect for exploration, as choices made by Bruce Wayne will impact the activities of Batman, and vice versa, meaning that the player must consider their options carefully. Certain scenarios can be approached as either Wayne or Batman, with consequences for the guise that the player chooses to adopt for that given situation. These decisions will affect Gotham as well, both when Bruce sees it in the day, and when Batman has to deal with its criminals at night.
The game’s focus will be squarely on Batman, and as a result will not feature some of his regular companions and counterparts, meaning the likes of Robin and Nightwing will probably not feature. Certain well known characters will appear, however, with the likes of Alfred Pennyworth, Vicki Vale and James Gordon set to feature in some capacity. Some of these, and other, characters will be closely connected with Bruce in his personal life “and decisions made as Bruce or Batman will affect their paths towards corruption or redemption,” Telltale says. The game’s villains are currently being kept under tighter wraps until we get closer to the premiere of the first episode.
In true Telltale style, the company “is committing to a non-photorealistic interpretation of the universe, enhancing engine and technology to deliver a more seamless living comic book art direction.” The game will also probably receive a Mature 17+ rating, much like Telltale’s Walking Dead series, which means it won’t shy away from the grittier, more gruesome side of Gotham City.