As if the anticipation for the upcoming release of Batman: Return to Arkham wasn’t enough, Batfans everywhere have something else to look forward to.
Telltale Games is currently working on a brand new Batman series. The game has already been confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One but I’m still holding out hope for a PS Vita version.
Telltale usually plays their cards pretty close to the chest so we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see the game in action. They have confirmed the game will be rated M for Mature so expect more Ben Affleck, less Adam West.
The story will obviously focus on Bruce Wayne as Batman and his dealings with his usual rogue gallery. The game’s karma system will craft the story based on the player’s choices. Players will be able to switch between Batman and Bruce Wayne in certain key situations that will give the player the option to approach a scene in multiple ways with different consequences for their choices.
Some refreshing news for those of us who are tired of seeing the same stories redone over and over and over again. The story will not be tied to any existing iteration of Batman in games, film, or comics. Telltale is committing to a non-photorealistic interpretation of the universe, enhancing engine and technology to deliver a more seamless living comic book art direction. Taking inspiration from the works of over 75 years of artists such as Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, and Neal Adams.
Telltale Games are the ones that brought you Wolf Among Us, Tales from Borderlands, the popular Walking Dead series (No not Survival Instinct! the good ones) and perhaps their most popular release Minecraft: Story Mode. So they are a good studio but with such a long history of putting story before gameplay, hopefully they can find the proper balance in their first outing with Batman.
Rocksteady did an unbelievable job in bringing Batman to life from the comics in their Arkham series. Obviously comparing the two studios is unfair and more importantly comparing the Arkham series to anything Telltale games has done in the past is unfair but when Arkham was popular how can you not? Telltale will not be trying to recreate, continue, or prequel the Arkham series in anyway so at the very least that sacred cow will stay untouched.
Previously a lot of very silly rumors circulated that the game would extend across the entirety of The Caped Crusader’s career. Considering he has enjoyed a popular existence for over 75 years I find that one highly unlikely. Other, less ambitious rumors claimed that the story would be the Killing Joke (Check it out!). I for one would like to see a younger less experienced Bruce Wayne still coming into his own a la Batman: Year One (Check it out also!) Maybe get into the Dark Knight’s first encounter’s with classic villains such as Joker, Catwoman, Clayface, Scarecrow, Penguin and Hugo Strange Based on the descriptions we were given it sounds like this may be the approach Telltale is taking. A true origin game is what Telltale should focus on and it looks like they are. Regardless, it will still be better than Batman: Rise of Sin Szu.