Many assumed that the online multiplayer in Telltale's upcoming Batman game would be perfect for streaming services like Twitch, but developer Telltale insists this isn't the case.
The firm has made an update to its blog post announcing the feature, saying that due to the high level of latency introduced by Twitch means that it will be impossible for thousands of people to make choices. The logic here is that players will not be seeing the same game at the same time. Instead the company says the perfect number of participants is four to 12 people.
Obviously, we're sure that Telltale knows that they are talking about. But its worth keeping in mind that Twitch users are an inventive bunch. Some even devised a way for multiple viewers to complete Dark Souls – yes, DARK SOULS – by having the game pause every few seconds so that viewers were able to properly implement actions within the game.
All we're saying is that it's likely that Twitch users will find a way to make Crowd Play work with thousands of people.
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.”