Telltale brought their latest stuff to SXSW this past weekend and that includes the new Batman game. In a panel, hosted by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, the team at Telltale delve into some details about the new episodic series based on the Caped Crusader. Development of the game has been moving at a good pace, but it is always the visuals that take the longest, usually not being complete until close to launch.
No scenes from the game were shown, but Telltale confirmed that fans will be able to see some soon as release has been confirmed for summer of this year! The panel revealed some more information, such as:
The team picked Batman as the perfect character to explore in their games as it gives them the opportunity to really explore the mind of the Dark Knight. Choices made as Bruce Wayne by day have critical effects on Batman’s business by night and vice versa. Certain important instances allow the player to approach the scene as Bruce Wayne or Batman, which has consequences for both sides.
The series will not be based on any version of Batman or story, and will be set in modern times. The story will focus on Bruce Wayne and Batman, and not any of the rest of the Bat-family (such as Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, etc.) Certain important characters will make appearances such as Alfred Pennyworth, James Gordon, Vicki Vale, and Renee Montoya. Telltale is keeping the villains a secret for now, but expect some reveals closer to launch.
Certain characters will have a personal relationship with Bruce Wayne, and decisions made by Bruce or Batman may have impact on their paths towards redemption or corruption.
The player’s choices will impact the Gotham that Bruce deals with by day, and the criminals that Batman deals will by night.
Telltale is going with a non-photorealistic style for the series keeping treating it more as a motion comic than anything else. They’ll be taking inspiration from comic book legends over the past 75 years such as Neal Adams, Jim Lee, and Greg Capullo.
Lastly, good news! The Batman Series will receive a mature rating (M+) like some other Telltale games. The rating paired with the cinematic approach will make the game feel more like an R rated film.
That’s all the information we have on the Telltale Batman series for now, but make sure to follow Console Creatures for more information when it pops up.