Telltale has had great success adapting pre-existing IPs into their own unique gaming experiences. The developer has turned everything from Game of Thrones to Minecraft to an adaptation of Vertigo's Fables (with The Wolf Among Us) into immersive games that allow the player to make choices that will impact the story. The company's greatest success has so far come from its many adaptations of The Walking Dead, which has not only produced two seasons of the main series, but has also resulted in a spinoff game dedicated to the sword-swinging Michonne.
Not long ago, the developer announced it would be bringing one of comicdom's biggest characters to its growing library of games. Since then, anticipation for Telltale's Batman series has been increasing with every tease, description, and image release, and now the developer has released the first trailer for the game, the first episode of which is due out in August.
The trailer sports the telltale aesthetic of Telltale games. But like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead before it, Batman's cell-shaded look belies what appears to be a dark, violent game with psychological undertones befitting a story dedicated to exploring the schism between Bruce Wayne and the Batman, while also providing plenty of gritty crime-fighting action in a story that seems to depict the fall of Harvey Dent from Gotham's golden boy DA to the bifurcated criminal known as Two-Face.
The involvement of Dent (and presumably Two-Face down the line) serves as thematic portend for the duality in Bruce Wayne's life. The trailer begins with Alfred offering some sage advice to the vigilante, telling him not to "let tombstones be your family legacy." He later goes on to say, "I know you're trying to create a myth. Just remember: There's room for Bruce and Batman inside that suit." It's a familiar bit of dialogue from Bruce's most trusted ally, but even in its familiarity the lines still resonate as one of the most potent and exciting themes explored in the Batman mythos.
Along with the trailer, Telltale also released a handful of new screenshots from he game. Take a look below:
As Telltale describes it, that will, in fact, be the driving mechanism if Batman: The Telltale Series:
"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.
Decide the fate of Gotham City. Determine the fate of Bruce Wayne and his dark persona, Batman.
Your choices write a fascinating new chapter in the complex and dangerous lives of the playboy industrialist and the vigilante detective."
When the game's first episode is released, it will be interesting to see how the choices you make impact the game, and how the sort of decisions presented will differ depending on what side of the mask Bruce is on at the time. Earlier reports have stated the game's storyline is more Bruce-driven than most other Batman games, which should help Telltale's newest to stand out and stand up against the likes of Rocksteady's Arkham series. And given that the developer's games tend to focus more on storytelling than intense action, getting to delve deeper into Bruce Wayne's psyche and his public persona -- especially as it relates to his role in the future of Gotham City -- will present a unique perspective for players to dive into as they make their way through this newest series.
Batman: The Telltale Series episode 1 will be available on August 2, 2016.
Source: Telltale Games