In December 2015, following the conclusion of the critically (and financially) successful Batman: Arkham game franchise, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Telltale Games announced that a new Batman game was in development, slated for release in 2016. An episodic game, then all that was known was that it chronicles the rise of Batman in Gotham City.
Today at the SXSW festival, Telltale Games announced for the first time some of the finer details behind their game.
- Unlike the other games, such as the Batman: Arkham franchise, situations in the game may be dealt with as either Bruce Wayne or Batman, with the decisions made by either persona affecting the course of Gotham’s history. As always with Telltale Games’ products, the players’ choices dictate how the game world is developed and shaped. For example, one could encounter a character like the Edward Nygma, and depending on one’s decisions, set him on the path to villainy, or not.
- The developers teased that the game would allow one to not only play as both personas, but also that it was in fact possible to play as Bruce Wayne for a majority of the game without ever having to don the cowl, in order to allow for a greater exploration of Batman’s oft-neglected civilian identity, similar to The Dark Knight trilogy.
- No specific characters were announced to be the antagonist of the game, though it was confirmed that there would be more than one.
- It was also confirmed that while the focus would, naturally, be on Bruce Wayne/Batman, other staples of the Batman mythos such as Commissioner Jim Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth would appear in some capacity.
Whilst no release date has been confirmed, the Batman Telltale Games series is slated for a (northern hemisphere) summer release, so we’ll see how it plays out then. In the meantime, our next dose of Batman will come with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, hitting cinemas in less than a week from now.