The first season of Batman — The Telltale Series is set to wrap up with its fifth episode on December 13. Episode 5 is titled “City of Light,” and the trailer is expected to debut on Monday, December 12. PC gamers on Steam who have yet to play the series can now download the first episode, “Realm of Shadows,” for free.
Episode 5 is being released digitally for players on all platforms simultaneously. Whether they’re playing on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, or even if they’ve downloaded it to their Android or iOS mobile device, everyone should get to play the final episode on the expected released date.
Although the Mature-rated game is based on the characters from the comic books, and the series is designed to give players an experience that feels like playing a comic book rather than reading one, the game is not an adaptation of any particular Batman series or story arc. The Senior Creative Communications Manager at Telltale Games explains via PlayStation Blog that the game involves putting players front and center with the choices Bruce Wayne and his Dark Knight alter ego are faced with early on in his crime-fighting career.
“How is Telltale’s vision of Batman unique? For a start, the series is equally as much about the man behind the mask as it is about Batman himself. In this game, you’ll enter the fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne and discover the powerful and far-reaching consequences of your choices as the Dark Knight. It’s a gritty and violent new story in which you’ll make discoveries that will shatter Bruce Wayne’s world, and the already fragile stability of a corrupt Gotham City.”
At the start of the season, Bruce Wayne embarks on a mission to clear the reputations of his deceased parents. Rumor has it they were involved with Gotham’s murky organized crime rings; and, whether the cape and cowl is on or not, the truths uncovered are not always what they seem to be. The information unearthed also depends on the decisions made, and the ways relationships have been built (or destroyed) with other characters like Selena Kyle, Harvey Dent, and James Gorden. As the player progresses through each episode, they carve into existence a distinctive Batman/Bruce Wayne that reflects the nature of the choices they’ve made thus far.
For the first time in a Telltale series, a group of friends can play the game together using a new feature dubbed Crowd Play. When in this local multiplayer game mode, four to 12 players can simultaneously vote on the choices for the title character. The most popular choice among the group is used to progress the game (unless the game’s host decides to veto and decide otherwise). As far as why this feature is limited to local multiplayer, the developer cites technical limitations.
“Crowd Play is not a feature intended for use over streaming services. There is latency introduced by services such as Twitch. This means that everyone isn’t seeing that game at the exact same time, which means that everyone doesn’t see the choices at the same time. So, the group can’t make a choice together at the same time. We are working closely with all the streaming services to address this problem…”
Hosting a Crowd Play session is also currently limited to the console and PC/Mac versions of the game, but players can still use their mobile devices to join in on a hosted game whether they own a copy or not. Everyone just needs to be able to see the main screen featuring the game, while other devices are used like controllers to cast their vote on in-game decisions.
The voice cast of the Batman Telltale series is notably different from the Arkham game series but includes actors many are likely familiar with. Troy Baker takes on the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne, Laura Bailey plays Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and Travis Willingham is cast as Harvey Dent/Two-Face. The cast also includes Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as James Gorden, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, and Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale.
Are you excited to see the conclusion of Telltale’s Batman series? What choices have you made for Bruce Wayne or Batman during the season, and do you think there should be a Season 2? Sound off in the comments below.
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