Telltale Games is all a buzz today with the announcement that the studio will craft a series based on Batman. The point-and-click based video game developer have previously created playable adventures plucked from the worlds of Back To The Future, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead. It seems a great fit for the game company to try its hand at the adaptation of the DC universe, but does their style integrate well into the land of Bat gadgets and vigilantism?
Telltale have officially announced development on a new game based on the dark knight himself, Batman!
“At Telltale, we’ve been honored to bring our unique approach to interactive storytelling to some of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be exploring what it means to be Batman in an all-new series starting next year,” said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “This iteration of Batman will give fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.”
“Telltale has an established track record of creating award-winning content for some of the best properties in the world,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We look forward to working with the team as they deliver a new interactive way for fans and gamers to experience the rich narrative world of Batman.”
Telltale Games “Batman” game, the official title for which will be announced later, is set to premiere in 2016 digitally on home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices. Specific platform details are yet to be announced.
Those that have played Telltale games will tell you, that the game developer seem to have mastered the art of the point-and-click adventure game, without a wealth of engrossing dialogue and heavy choices. They’ve had some hits and misses, with more towards the latter. Games like Back to the Future and Sam and Max have done well on brand recognition alone but those games were slow and plodding. On the flip-side is the wildy reviewed and received, Walking Dead and Game of Thrones games.
One of the reasons the Walking Dead games were praised so highly was that your choices effected the game to such an extent that you had to replay just to see where the narrative ended up if played differently. It made you crave the next installment and had some very serious, thought-provoking story elements that made every choice nerve-wracking and rewarding. Same goes for Game of Thrones.
So what kind of game are we going to get with Batman? We already know what it’s like to be Batman because of the Arkham games, so what can this game do the Arkham franchise hasn’t? Well – and this is a baseless take – it could be a noir-style drama that puts emphasis on The Dark Knights detective elements – less fighting and more sleuthing. That would seem in line with Telltales formula. Wolf Among Us handled fight/detective work pretty well, so its probably going to be just like that – except, you know, with Batman.