Batman is getting a choice-and-consequences episodic series from Telltale Games that launches at the start of August for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, last-gen consoles, and mobile devices. The trailer for BATMAN – The Telltale Series debuted Tuesday with a first look at the game in motion.
BATMAN – The Telltale Series will launch on August 2 with the first of five episodes, Episode 1: Realm of Shadows. The game will also be released in a physical retail package on September 13 in North America and September 16 in Europe. The disk-based release will come with the Episode 1 plus access to the remaining four episodes as download when they are released.
The trailer reveals the opening plot to Telltale’s Batman series as a younger version of Batman and Bruce Wayne tackle Carmine Falcone and Gotham’s mob underworld. A pre-Two Face Harvey Dent is running for mayor and his candidacy comes with mob strings attached. The Dark Knight is forced to step in to try and save his friend and bring down Falcone. There are some obstacles that get in the way though, as the YouTube video description intimates.
“Enter the fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne and discover the powerful and far-reaching consequences of your choices as the Dark Knight. In this gritty and violent new story from the award-winning creators of The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series, you’ll make discoveries that will shatter Bruce Wayne’s world, and the already fragile stability of a corrupt Gotham City.”
Catwoman is featured prominently in both the screenshots and trailer, but her role in the events of BATMAN – The Telltale Series is currently unknown. Aside from her, Falcone, and Dent, other well-known characters from the long-running comic book series include reporter Vicki Vale, Wayne butler Alfred, and Lieutenant Jim Gordon. Which other villains and companions from the DC Comic’s franchise will also make an appearance remains to be seen.
“Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman will feature an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitelas Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Additional cast and characters will be revealed as the season progresses.”
The debut of the BATMAN – A Telltale Series comes just before the start of the San Diego Comic Con on July 22. Telltale Games is hosting a special “crowd play event” at the annual convention, with RSVPs already at capacity. The studio hosted a similar event for Minecraft: Story Mode last year.
The launch of Batman starts a new slate of titles for Telltale Games. The studio just wrapped up The Walking Dead: Michonne in April. Meanwhile, it is targeting The Walking Dead: Season Three for a release later this year with the return of a slightly older teenage Clementine, who has gained a companion and also lost a finger at some point.
Other upcoming Telltale Games include, oddly enough, an untitled Marvel project. This was announced in April, 2015, and is planned for a 2017 release. Details on the Marvel episodic title are still extremely thin, but Executive Director Mike Jones promised it will turn heads when it is released.
There is also a unique property being produced in partnership with Lionsgate Films and a second season of Game of Thrones planned. Neither of those two Telltale Games projects have a release window attached to them, but a late 2017 to 2018 release is suspected.
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