Telltale Games' Batman is coming for you and he's coming this summer. During the "Batman: Telltale Unmasked" panel at SXSW today, Telltale's team gathered to discuss the game in (little) detail, offering a bit of insight into what to expect from its second DC Comics adventure game. While much of the game is still very much under wraps, Telltale did spill the beans on the release window. Summer might not be a definitive timeline, but there are several major conventions during those few months wherein a more concrete announcement might take place.
The other major reveal was more about the tone of the upcoming Batman adventure, which will stay very much in line with previous Telltale games like The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead. While this won't be the first time a potentially "M" rated Batman game will see release, the panel compared it to an R-rated film, which may raise some eyebrows. There's been a bit of consternation around the director's cut of the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice feature, and knowing that Telltale's game might be in that same vein might turn a few fans off.
Hearing that Telltale Games would be exploring Michonne's past in depth for the first time was exciting. Hints and small bits of her history have been dribbled out slowly in The Walking Dead comics, but the driving forces of Michonne's life have never really been dealt with the way they have with other characters. Though some new ground is tread, the first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne doesn't bring much we didn't already know to the front. What's more, it spends so much time introducing new characters, there's hardly any time for Michonne to show off.
While February is traditionally a big month for The Walking Dead fans, what with the television show's current season's second half kicking off, it's about to get even bigger. Later this month, Telltale Games will return to the world of The Walking Dead, delving for the very first time into the lives of characters from the comics. Though Telltale has been telling stories in its games that take place in the comic book universe, The Walking Dead: Michonne marks the first time players will be in control of people not created specifically for the games.
As you might recall when the teaser trailer dropped in December, TWD: Michonne will feature the self-reliant bad-ass of Rick's survivors and deal with Michonne's personal quest to find answers about what happened to her family during the time leap in the comics. Michonne left Alexandria a short time after she and the rest of the survivors fended off Negan's attacks, and didn't return until about two years later. Telltale's three-episode mini-series will hopefully bring about some answers as to why she left, where she went, and give Michonne more characterization than just being a reclusive hard-ass.
Good news, everyone; Telltale Games is developing a Batman episodic series in conjunction with DC Comics and WB Interactive. If you thought the only way you'd get a new Batman game was from Rocksteady or WB Montreal, you were wrong. How Batman will translate to Telltale's trademark adventure game style remains to be seen, but I'm already salivating over the idea of a procedural-style game to put me smack in the middle of Batman's affairs.
The announcement trailer shown at the 2015 Game Awards didn't have much gameplay, but it certainly set the mood for the vibe Telltale was aiming for with its upcoming Batman game. The footage featured heavy, black ink pouring over penciled images that became fully realized when filled in. Noir-inspired imagery like handguns, money, bullet-riddled windows and dark city skylines were met with quick flashes of the bachelor Bruce Wayne, and all culminated in a reveal of the thick batsymbol above.
Though Telltale Games had its fair share of successes before stepping into the world of The Walking Dead, the first season of that episodic adventure is what sparked the developer's launch into the gaming stratosphere. The first two seasons of Telltale's The Walking Dead focused almost entirely on original characters within the comic book universe, but in 2016, a new mini-series will delve deeper into the story of one of The Walking Dead's most central characters, Michonne.
The first teaser trailer for The Walking Dead: Michonne debuted at the 2015 Game Awards, and thought it was brief, gave a nice glimpse into what Telltale has planned for the fan-favorite character. The mini-series (which will be shorter than Telltale's traditional 5-6 episode seasons) will focus on the two-year gap in time between volumes 21 and 22 of the comic, when Michonne left Alexandria to return to Georgia to learn what happened to her children, and when she finally returns in volume 24.
Taking a queue from last year's New York Comic Con, Skybound Entertainment and McFarlane Toys will once again team to bring a fan-favorite character from Telltale Games' The Walking Dead universe to life in action figure form. Last year, we were treated to the first non-comic, non-television figure from The Walking Dead with the release of Clementine, the co-star and driving force behind The Walking Dead, Season 1 and the lead of The Walking Dead, Season 2. Now one year later, her guardian and zombie-killing mentor Lee Everett is making the jump off the screen.
Even just seeing Lee here in his various states brings back memories that I'm not sure I need to feel on a rainy Friday afternoon. The dude went through a lot over the course of the first season of Telltale's episodic venture into Robert Kirkman's and Charlie Adlard's post-apocalyptic world. Since players were put into his shoes for a majority of the game, we went through those same trials and tribulations right with him. Some decisions are just too hard to make with a timer forcing your hand into a choice. The relationship between Lee and Clem was just a little too real. It still stings a bit knowing how that first season ended.
Leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, I wondered what kind of special surprise Telltale might have in store for fans of its episodic adventure game, The Walking Dead. Based on the comic of the same name, we've had two seasons of zombie-fueled personal stories centered on the littlest survivor in the world, Clementine. Instead of vaguely teasing the upcoming third season, which won't be ready until 2016 at the earliest, or the upcoming Michonne mini-series, due later this year, Telltale took the opportunity to celebrate its landmark first season with a one-night only live performance.
This event had actually been in the works for some time, with the original intent to have it happen as a way to kick off the launch of The Walking Dead, Season 2. Timing just couldn't be worked out, so this live performance sat on the back burner until this year's Walker Stalker Fan Fest over at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. There, at home plate, an inflatable movie screen stood tall over a tiny stage. As the sunlight faded behind the stadium, Telltale introduced the players, and we began our journey back to that fateful day when Lee and Clementine first crossed paths.
Telltale Games has announced a new, Michonne-centered mini-series for The Walking Dead, which suggests Season Three might not hit until 2016.
As the world is awaiting Xbox's E3 2015 press conference, Telltale Games has come out of nowhere with the announcement of a new spin-off mini-series based on The Walking Dead comic series. The Walking Dead: Michonne mini-series will focus on our favorite katana-wielding badass of the same name. Taking place between issues #126 and #139 of the comic series, we'll learn what pulled Michonne away from Rick, Ezekiel and the rest of the gang, and what was able to bring her back to the land of the living.
Telltale Games' harsh story of survival in the undead apocalypse will continue in The Walking Dead: Season Three but not this year. Luckily, the team at Telltale still has some surprises in the works.
Telltale Games' director of PR, Job Stauffer, has hit the world with a grim fact: Season Three of The Walking Dead will not be starting in 2015. We should note that Season Two's first episode, 'All That Remains,' debuted back in Dec. 2013. We last left Clementine and the gang in 'No Going Back,' which debuted in Aug. 2014.
One of the top adventure game studios in the industry is partnering up with the house of Iron Man, the X-Men, Thor, and Captain America, with their first project hits in 2017. Telltale Games has announced a partnership of potentially epic proportions with Marvel Entertainment.
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