First look at Batman: The Telltale Series
To kick off E3, Telltale shared the first images of the upcoming episodic project, Batman-The Telltale Series. The game is expected to premiere digitally on consoles, PC/Mac and mobile devices. Similar to The Walking Dead Telltale series, the game will also be available on game consoles as a special ‘Season Pass Disc’. The series will have 5 episodes.
CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Bruner took to TellTale’s official site to share a few words on the project,
“We’ve been hard at work at Telltale creating an all-new iteration of the iconic Batman story that puts players in the suit of billionaire Bruce Wayne, just as much as it will put them behind the mask, deciding how to carefully navigate a complex drama, rich with action, crime, corruption, and villainy lurking around every corner of Gotham City. The complex life and fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne has lent itself to becoming a bold evolution of the signature ‘Telltale’ role-playing experience, and we couldn’t be more excited as we prepare to debut the series to players across the world this summer.”
The game will also feature an award-winning cast including:
- Troy Baker as Bruce Wayne
- Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent
- Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale
- Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth
- Murphy Guyer as Liutenant James Gordon
- Richard McGonagle as Carime Falcone
- Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle
Troy Baker was also previously the voice of Batman in the Lego DC films, and voices several characters in the Arkham series.
Previously, during the SXSW Gaming Expo, TellTale released a few brief details on the upcoming game:
- Batman is the perfect character for the studio to explore in a Telltale series, giving the team the opportunity to dive deeper into the mind of the man behind the mask. Each night, Bruce Wayne chooses to change Gotham for the better. The team wants to explore what the consequences are of the player’s actions when decisions made as Bruce have a critical impact on his nightly crusade as Batman, and vice versa. Certain key situations will give the player the decision to approach a scene as Bruce or Batman, with consequences for both sides.
- Fresh interpretation of the universe set in current times, not tied to any existing iteration of Batman in games, film, or comics. Story will focus on Bruce and Batman, not an examination of the extended ‘Bat-family,’ (Robin, Nightwing, etc.) Fans can expect certain series staples such as Alfred Pennyworth, Vicki Vale, James Gordon, and Renee Montoya. Telltale is looking to keep the villains more tightly under wraps until closer to the premiere.
- Certain characters will have a deeply personal relationship with Bruce in his private life, and decisions made as Bruce or Batman will affect their paths towards corruption or redemption.
- The player’s actions will help shape the Gotham that Bruce deals with during the day, as well as the criminals that Batman faces at night.
- Team 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.
- Like some other Telltale series, the game will be landing at M (Mature 17+) rating, and the cinematic approach will feel more akin to an R-rated film.