On August 2nd, we will get to finally strap on the Batsuit, don our cape, and attend a business meeting. Batman: The Telltale Series is finally coming to pretty much every device near you: Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, PS3, PS4, 360, and Xbox One. For anyone unfamilar with Telltale’s work, their games are a throwback to an almost forgotten format: the episodic point-and-click graphic adventure. After their success with The Walking Dead, Minecraft: Story Mode, Game of Thrones, and more.. they are taking on the Dark Knight himself (and Bruce Wayne, the somewhat boring playboy businessman as well).
To free themselves from the mess that is the DC Comics canon, the DC TV universe, the DC Film universe, and the DC gaming universe.. Telltale is breaking away from all adaptions and simply making their own story based on Bill Finger and Bob Kane’s Batman comic book series. The best decision they could have ever made. Just as I wrote about with the upcoming Spider-man PS4 game, a clean-slate is the best option when approaching a crowded story universe. Only a few select companies like Disney (with their Star Wars brand) can pull it off successfully. Even Marvel (a Disney company) saw the need for a clean-slate in a video game release.
Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Telltale Series.
In Telltale’s Batman, you’ll control Batman/Bruce and make important decisions that will affect how the story plays out. Action scenes are played out using quick time events, and you’ll also be able to use The Bat’s detective skills during investigative sequences.
The graphics are inspired by the comics, so they have a unique visual style that really stands out from other Batman video games. Gone are the realism-based dark grit graphics that made up the Arkham series, and enter the comic-styled dark grit graphics that make up Gotham in Telltale’s new game.
The game features an ensemble voice cast made up of Troy Baker as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, and Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone. With five episodes announced, we can’t wait to start playing the first. “Realm of Shadows” arrives August 2, with “Children of Arkham”, “New World Order”, “Guardian of Gotham”, and “City of Lights” to follow.