Guys, guys, guys! The fifth and final episode of Batman: The Enemy Within, the ongoing five-part episodic game series that continues Telltale’s unique take on the World’s Greatest Detective. Episode five, ‘Same Stitch,’ launches Tuesday, March 27th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and mobile.
“What would you choose: a friend whose unhinged approach to justice turns your allies against you or a sworn enemy who will stop at nothing to see you suffer as your city burns? Based on the relationship you’ve built with John Doe, you’ll see one of two very different stories play out. So what’ll it be, Bruce: friend…or foe?”
As the description indicates, the choices players have made over the course of the Batman: The Enemy Within season will determine which story – and which version of The Joker – they’ll see in the finale. Same Stitch features two totally separate takes on the fully evolved John Doe: one a ruthless villain that hews closer to the classic Clown Prince of Crime and the other an unpredictable vigilante that’s unlike any other portrayal of DC’s iconic character.
In total, Batman: The Enemy Within Same Stitch contains three and a half hours of content spread across two completely distinct storylines that share, at most, only three overlapping scenes. Each of those storylines includes further conditional variations that reflect players’ earlier choices and make Same Stitch, mathematically, Telltale’s “branchiest” episode ever. With over 4,500 lines of dialogue divided among 38 characters, the overall script for the episode is larger than Christopher Nolan’s entire Dark Knight trilogy.
“Without exaggeration, Same Stitch is the most ambitious piece of content Telltale has ever produced,” says Season Lead Writer James Windeler. “We had to adjust our usual development process to accommodate the added scope, but it was super important to us to honour players’ choices, whether they chose to befriend John or not. We had to deliver on the season’s central promise of allowing players to craft their own Joker.”
Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent including Troy Baker, who returns to his dual role as Bruce Wayne and Batman, as well as Anthony Ingruber, who reprises his fresh take on ‘John Doe,’ better known to fans as The Joker.
I personally can’t wait for the release of this episode of Batman: The Enemy Within the journey in the sequel for me has been a hell of a ride and I can’t wait to see how this all shakes out and most importantly, who will be left standing.
A ‘Season Pass Disc’ for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is currently available at retailers across North America and Europe. The disc includes the first episode of Batman: The Enemy Within, as well as download access to all subsequent episodes as they are released.