Telltale games often have a pretty similar structure, with episodes featuring decisions and quicktimer events with simple button prompts. With Batman: The Telltale Series, which begins with the release of the first episode next week, is doing something a bit different. They’re adding multiplayer.
The multiplayer, called Crowd Play, works like this: When you enable it, anyone who can see your screen, whether it’s friends you’re hanging out with or your Twitch audience, can vote on decisions to control the story. It’s almost the reverse of the traditional Telltale formula. Normally, you’d make a decision and then find out at the end how popular the various choices were. Here, you can see which decisions are the most popular as the audience helps moves your story along.
The system running this sounds a bit like the way Jackbox Games runs games like Fibbage and Quiplash. Telltale’s Job Stauffer told Polygon that “anyone with a cellphone or tablet or any web browser can login online, enter their name, and they’ll jump right into the game session.” A game code displayed on your play screen lets players know how to get into your game in particular.
The player running the game can break ties, cancel crowd choices, or give the audience total control.
The mode officially supports 2,000 voters right now, but Stauffer suggested the cap could go way higher than that. The mode is available on consoles and PC, but not with the mobile versions of the game.
Batman: The Telltale Series, along with Crowd Play, begins with the first episode on August 2, and will be available on just about every platform you can imagine – Android, iOS, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.