The highly successful Telltale series of games—from Sam & Max to Game of Thrones—are point-and-click adventure games with an emphasis on storytelling. And unless you invite your friends over, the games have been a one-player experience. But now its upcoming game, Batman: The Telltale Series, will be adding a social element.
It’s called “crowd play,” and the feature allows players to bring their friends into their game experience.
Telltale Games demonstrated crowd play at a venue near San Diego Comic-Con, where the audience could vote on the games’ choices. (No word yet on the gamers’ experiences at the convention.) It’s a glimpse of the game to come on Aug. 2, 2016, when the game is released.
According to Inverse, Job Stauffer, Telltale's creative communications head, said, “It really opens up this door for Telltale games to be more of a social experience and a live one, [making it] an opportunity to get together with your friends and play stories together, instead of just debating about things the next day after you’ve both played separately.” In addition, players can also see their friends’ choices after they finish the episode.
It’s a nifty way to turn a one-person game into a shared one.
Batman: The Telltale Series is based on the comic book, not the movie Batman or the videogame version. Fans of the Arkham series, take heart: Both Batman and Catwoman will sound familiar to you. Batman: The Telltale Series will the first Batman game that makes Bruce Wayne a co-star in his own story, shared with his alter ego, Batman.
For more Telltale Batman awesomeness, check out the European trailer.