The first of five Batman – The Telltale Series episodes will arrive on all platforms on August 2. Realm of Shadows has been rendered with graphic novel-style artwork with careful attention to detail. Like the Walking Dead series, the Batman Telltale series places emphasis on dialog and narrative over conventional gameplay.
There will be no upgrading of abilities, memorisation of combos or score multipliers. In other words, this will be nothing like the recently-concluded Arkham trilogy.
Players will have to point and click to make decisions and choose storyline paths to help the Caped Crusader survive the mean streets of Gotham. The developer has said you will spend almost an equal amount of time playing Bruce Wayne as the Dark Knight, and that actions carried out with one will affect the other.
A stellar cast has been recruited for the adventure. We have Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as 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.
Veteran voice actor Baker does have previous when it comes to the Batman universe. Between the Arkham and Lego Batman games, he’s already played: Batman, Robin, Two-Face, the Joker, the Arkham Knight, Nightwing and a host of other characters.
Realm of Shadows will be available from August 2 on PC, Mac, Playstation 3 and 4, Xbox One and 360, iOS and Android. A Batman Telltale series containing a season pass for all five episodes will be available at North American and European retailers from September. The Middle East release date is yet to be announced, but we’ll update you when it is.