Telltale Games has announced that its decision- and story-based games are going multiplayer, starting with Batman: The Telltale Series.
In Telltale games, the player must choose between wildly varying dialogue options, and about 5 times per 2-hour episode make literally game-changing decisions that push the story in different directions. At Comic Con, Telltale revealed its new Crowd Play feature to be implemented in all new Telltale games, starting with the upcoming Batman: The Telltale Series.
When starting a New Game, players will have the option to turn on one of two Crowd Play options. Both options will generate a URL through which people can watch you play, and vote for which decisions they think should be made. Crowd Play will support “from two to 2000-plus people”, according to Telltale’s head of creative communications Job Stauffer.
One mode of Crowd Play is an opinion poll, the other a vote. The first mode will show what choices the viewers have made as percentage polls. The player has final say, and the viewers can give thumbs up or down in response. The second mode has the most popular choice get selected, crowdsourcing the gameplay. Crowd Play statistics will join the usual statistics of how many people chose what options at the end of each episode.
This feature is expected to make Telltale games, already popular with “let’s play-ers”, an even more interesting experience in real time. Batman: The Telltale Series drops is first episode August 2nd for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.