Telltale has provided a few details on the Batman game it plans to release this summer.
During the SWSX Gaming Expo in Austin, Texas this week, the team at Telltale discussed the game's production and how consequences in the game will shape the Gotham that Bruce Wayne deals with during the day, and the "criminals that Batman faces at night."
Over on Telltale's blog, the studio posted a bullet list of information pulled from the panel. We pulled it and posted it below.
- 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.
- 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.
Batman, like other Telltale games such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, will release with a Mature rating. The cinematic approach in the game will also "feel like an R-rated film."
Telltale said it's too soon to show scenes from the game, but in-game visuals will be released closer to launch.
Batman was teased at The Game Awards back in December, and is slated for release sometime this summer.