Batman Features Disturbing Image of Assassinated Russian Diplomat; Telltale Issues Statement

Telltale Issues Statement Over Disturbing Image Found in Batman Game

***Warning: this article contains graphic images***

Telltale’s episodic adventure Batman: The Enemy Within series launched earlier this year. Its second episode arrived just this past week. In fact, our review went live this week as well. Yesterday, we also learned that a real-life image of an assassinated Russian ambassador appears in the game. We know it’s hard to believe but this absolutely occurred.

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Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was shot dead at point-blank range last December while giving a speech at the opening of an art gallery. Graphic images of the diplomat and the murderer were reported at the time, one of which now appears to feature in Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within. In-game, Karlov’s likeness is portrayed by a security guard implied dead amid a Gotham Brokerage break-in. You can see the image above.

One Twitter user earlier called out the use of the objectionable image in the following Tweet:

Immediately, fans took to Twitter asking “how could this possibly happen” and calling the action “tasteless”.

After the internet demanded answers, Telltale responded in a statement to Gamasutra:

“An update to the game has been submitted this morning that will be removing the image across all platforms. We regret this incident occurred, and we are taking appropriate action internally to ensure that we continue to maintain our high standards in Production and Quality Assurance.”

There is no mention how this happened and they did not go into any detail in terms of who made the error. We will be sure to cover more of this story if any further info is released.

Our man Patrick reviewed the game recently and said: “Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 2 – The Pact moves the series’ story forward nicely, confronting players with interesting, serious moral dilemmas. Well-rounded, complex characters continue to be added to the mix, providing the potential for an excellent narrative conclusion. Unfortunately, a lack of player involvement once again hurts the experience, and Episode 2 actually takes a further step backward in this area with virtually no puzzles or problem-solving elements. Regardless, as Bruce continues down the path into Gotham’s dark side, I am still happy to be on board to take that crazy ride along with him.”

Batman: The TellTale Series is available now for Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.