Starting with Batman on August 2nd, Telltale Games are turning their episode adventures into multiplayer experiences, if the player chooses to do so. With the library of Telltale games, we know that groups can crowd around the tv or livestreams to see the story play out, but now those viewers can get involved.
“We wanted a better way to integrate that audience,” Job Stauffer, head of creative communications at Telltale, told ShackNews. “Now, from two to 2,000-plus people can help the player make decisions.”
“We are now turning all of Telltale’s games into a live interactive multiplayer experience,” he said.
Basically, the player will have the option to turn on Crowd Play. “Saying yes generates a URL that can be shared with people in the room. They then go to that URL on their phone or other device and log in, essentially adding them to the game. Unlike joining games via a server browser, only those with the specific URL can get into the game.”
It’s an interesting idea, and a similar idea is used for the likes of Drawful 2, which is part of the Jackbox Party series. In this, players can connect via a code on the game’s website, and take part in the games. An ideal thing for streaming of games, and with Telltale’s Batman, anyone between 2 and 2,000 players could have their say in your playthrough, if you wish.
Telltale Games don’t mention any updates to previous games, but who knows if they’ll be able to implement it as an update. At least all their games going forward will have this feature, which they will probably discuss officially in the coming days.
Telltale Games’ Batman will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on August 2nd, and will be a five part series.