For those wondering whether they could make Batman: A Telltale Series’ Crowd Play multiplayer feature “just work”, Telltale Games has revealed that it really, really won’t.
Telltale Games unveiled the new Crowd Play mode, which works in a similar way to Jack Box Games’ Fibbage, earlier this week and many thought it’d be perfect for live streaming the game. The way it works is that a link would allow players to hop into the game and help make some of the game’s choices. Unfortunately, it just wouldn’t work for Twitch.
The company updated its original announcement post with a new note to explain exactly why. Due to the high level of latency introduced by Twitch, players hoping to join in wouldn’t be able to see the same choices as the streamer, that would be amplified if thousands of players tried to join the game at the same time.
“Crowd Play is not a feature intended for use over streaming services,” Telltale said on its website. “There is latency introduced by services such as Twitch. This means that everyone isn’t seeing that game at the exact same time, which means that everyone doesn’t see the choices at the same time. So, the group can’t make a choice together at the same time. We are working closely with all the streaming services to address this problem, but it certainly won’t be ideal for streaming out of the box. For now, everyone needs to be in the same room, watching the same screen.”
Because of this, Telltale Games recommends the perfect number of participants is around 4 to 12 people.
Though knowing Twitch, they’d manage to find a way to make this work, I mean, after all they jimmy’d Dark Souls so that it’d allow players to vote on the game’s actions.
So we’ll just have to see how well it performs and whether someone clever finds a way to work around it.