A new trailer gives us the first look of Batman: The Telltale Series in action and who and what players should expect from it.
Telltale Games have made their mark in the gaming world in 2009 with Tales of Monkey Island while working under LucasArts, but have found even more fame in the spotlight when they released The Walking Dead in 2012 and The Wolf Among Us the following year. Now Telltale takes on the creation of Bob Kane’s Dark Knight in a whole new story.
The new trailer show’s Harvey Dent on his campaign for the mayor of Gotham, with Bruce Wane by his side and the questionable “support” of Carmine Falcone. As most canons show, this is before Dent’s accident, that turns him into the villain, Two-Face.
With brief cameos from Commissioner Gordon and Catwoman in the trailer, Bruce could be coerced into either’s way of doing things. This could mean going about things the lawful way or handling matters with a morally grey cadence. Moreover, given Alfred’s line in the beginning, it isn’t just about Batman, but the duality between the Dark Knight and the billionaire playboy.
“Do you want to be Bruce, hobnobbing with the elites of the city, or do you want to be Batman, subverting them,” said Kevin Bruner, CEO of Telltale, in an interview with Mashable. “If you want to influence and gather information and figure out what’s going on in that context, you have to be Bruce.”
From the looks of things, there will be times when the player will want to be Batman, but there will be times where the player needs to be Bruce. “You can’t go to a big gala and interact with all the players of Gotham as Batman,” Bruner said.
With Telltale’s focus on the decisions the player makes and the results, Gotham could potentially shape into a lawful utopia or a nightmare-scape of anarchy. “That’s really what our game is about,” Bruner said. “What happens in Gotham and how Gotham evolves is going to be a result of how you play the game.”
The first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series, “Realm of Shadows”, is set to premiere August 2 and will be available on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. No other release dates for subsequent episodes have been announced at this time.