[Updated] Local Multiplayer Option Coming to Telltale: Introducing, Crowd Play!

posted by Telltale July 27th 2016

[UPDATE] There’s been a LOT of excitement over Crowd Play this week. There have also been a lot of questions. We wanted to take a moment to clarify some things about this exciting new feature being introduced in BATMAN: The Telltale Series.

Introduction to Crowd Play

Many of you have told us about how much fun it is to sit down as a group and make games choices together. That often meant yelling at the screen, or taking turns with the controller. Now with Crowd Play, you have a way to really play together!

Crowd Play let’s you turn your game into an event that you host at your home, for your family and friends.

What is Crowd Play?

Crowd Play allows people watching the same screen to vote on game choices using their own devices. People that you invite watch along and vote, tailoring the story together as you play together.

Crowd Play is a designed for 4-12 players.

What devices can I use to participate?

Crowd Play works on almost any device that has a web browser! While phones are the optimum choice, you can connect from tablets, laptops and desktop computers too.

How do I activate Crowd Play?

Before you start playing, select the Crowd Play option from the bottom of the screen in the Episodes menu. In order to host a Crowd Play, you will need to setup a Telltale account.

Which platforms can I host from?

Currently, Crowd Play can be hosted from all consoles (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3) , as well as PC/Mac. Crowd Play is currently not available to host from mobile/iOS/Android based versions of our games, but players can still join games hosted from console/PC/Mac by using the browsers on their mobile devices without needing to own the game.

How do others join my Crowd Play session?

It’s simple to hop in at any time! Once Crowd Play mode is active, a unique Game Code will be displayed on your screen, along with a web address. By visiting the web address and typing in the displayed game code, your friends and family can join your game. You will always be able to see the Game Code at the top right corner of the screen during play, in case someone else wants to join or missed the code on the initial screen.

Who controls all of the decisions? The player, or the crowd?

By default, the crowd decides: the choice with the most votes is selected. Optionally, the host can change settings to override the crowd’s votes. Having both options allows for different dynamics when playing as a group, so we definitely recommend experimenting with your friends.

How many players can join in?

The most important point is that Crowd Play is a local multiplayer experience. It’s designed for everyone to be watching the same screen, at the same time, in the same room and works best with 4-12 people. Technically, it can support thousands of players, but they still need to be watching the same screen at the same time. This is mind blowing in a theater full of fans, but we don’t expect you can fit 2000 of your closest friends in your living room so we've designed everything for smaller groups. For now, leave the larger groups to us, and stay tuned for more details on special events for Crowd Plays of larger sizes!

Crowd Play is not a feature intended for use over streaming services. 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.

We’ve made Crowd Play an event that you can host at your home, for your family and friends. Perhaps you will make a weekly game night a little extra special. Or perhaps you can Crowd Play with a significant other who thinks playing stories together is cool. We sincerely hope that families, young and old, will be Crowd Playing together, inspiring conversations about why they made the choices they made, and bringing everyone closer together. Batman Crowd Play at SDCC.

We thank you for your excitement and patience as we roll out this new feature. Because we love seeing our fans play together, be sure to share photos and videos of your Crowd Play sessions at home. Use the hashtag #CrowdPlay on twitter, and tag us @telltalegames. We’re excited to get you all playing together, and can’t wait for everyone to step into the suit of Bruce Wayne this August!