A new Batman game was announced during The Game Awards 2015, but it's probably not the one you were expecting. It looks like the Caped Crusader's next adventure will be told by none other than Telltale Games.
The Game Awards 2015 promised some exclusive premiers amidst all of those trophies being passed out, and it certainly delivered on that count. One of the biggest shockers of the night, though, came at about the midway point when host Geoff Keighley bragged that nothing about the next game being revealed had been leaked in advance. He was 100 percent correct, as the following trailer took the audience (and the internet) by total surprise.
Upon first viewing, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. There are some folks in the background talking about a city falling into ruin, a rich and useless playboy and the like, with ink splashing across the screen depicting stuff like money, guns and the like. Now that I know the trailer is for Batman, everything seen and heard makes perfect sense. Watching the trailer live, though, seeing the Batman logo pop up alongside the Telltale logo was an utter surprise.
Rather than the pointy-eared wonder appearing in another Arkham game or even a (probably terrible) movie tie-in for Batman v Superman, it looks like Bruce Wayne's next story will be an episodic adventure told by the beloved team responsible for The Walking Dead, Tales From the Borderlands, Minecraft: Story Mode and A Game of Thrones. The team is basically batting (Ha!) a thousand these past few years, and a game where you get to play as the world's greatest detective makes a heck of a lot of sense. Investigating a crime scene through the Telltale formula seems like a perfect fit, as does some sort of QTE fighting system where you'll get to take out thugs and super villains alike. We haven't seen the game in action just yet but, based on what we know about Telltale games, I think we've all got a pretty good idea of what to expect.
According to the game's official announcement, we can look forward to Batman arriving sometime next year.
AS Telltale Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Bruner puts it, fans are in for a crime-fighting treat.
At Telltale, we've been honored to bring our unique approach to interactive storytelling to some of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world, and we're excited to announce that we'll soon be exploring what it means to be Batman in an all-new series starting next year. This iteration of Batman will give fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.Wasted words, Mr. Bruner. I think everyone was pretty much already on board.