Telltale Games has made quite a name for itself when it comes to episodic games across a wide variety of genres. Telltale Game’s latest project will venture into the superhero genre for the first time with a game simply titled Batman. Batman was announced and teased over the winter, but Telltale Games had not given much in the way of details at all until E3 kicked off this week. Now we’ve gotten a few screenshots to go along with the previously released teaser video for Batman. Telltale has also shed light on some of the gameplay and how the story is going to unfold.
Batman will allow gamers to spend almost as much time as Bruce Wayne as you will his caped alter ego, according to Telltale. That alone would set this title apart from what we’ve seen from the rather massive library of stories that have centered around the Dark Knight. This shouldn’t surprise those who have played other franchises coming from this developer. Telltale offers adventure and story rather than a ton of shooting, punching, or fighting.
A statement released by Telltale just ahead of this week’s reveal explained the company’s thinking. Among other things, the firm said it was working hard at “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,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. In order to get the story as immersive and impressive as possible, the company went out and got one of the true veteran voice actors of the industry.
Troy Baker is going to be voicing Batman, and it is a return of sorts for Baker who previously took on this role in the Lego version of the character. Other voice actors filling the role of heroes will be Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, and Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon. Vale is perhaps the most interesting addition by Telltale considering the last time we saw or heard from her outside of the comics was in the version of Batman played by Michael Keaton. Back there and back then, Vale was portrayed by Kim Basinger and was a decided love interest of Bruce Wayne.
Another longtime romantic paramour for Wayne and his alter ego will be in Telltale’s version of this story. Among the lineup of voice actors for villains announced are Travis Willingham (Harvey Dent), Richard McGonagle (Carmine Falcone), and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Comic book fans know Dent’s alter ego is the diabolical Two-Face and Kyle creeps around Gotham city at night as Catwoman. Catwoman and Kyle have long had an up-and-down relationship with Bruce Wayne and his alter ego. Batman wants to stop Kyle’s crimes because he is, of course, a crime fighter. Wayne wants to get Kyle to turn good because he has a legitimate interest in a relationship with her.
The announced villains and sidekicks are said to not quite be the complete roster. The developer says Batman is going to have other characters make appearances as the five-episode storyline unfolds. There have been quite a bit of talk about the potential arrival of Joker, and there’s always a lot of excitement surrounding being able to see the caped crusader face off against his greatest nemesis. Batman games have almost always included the Joker, so it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to see these developers go another route.
Whatever route that might be, Telltale’s Batman is hitting the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, and mobile devices sometime this summer.
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