Revealed at the opening of Time Warner's "The Future of Storytelling" exhibition at the Time Warner Medialab in New York, DC2 Multiverse digital comics layer "dynamic artwork" onto traditional panels. The digital comics will allow readers to alter the story's outcome through selecting characters, storylines and plot developments. According to DC, each chapter of a comic has "dozens of possible story outcomes."
The digital comic titled Batman: Arkham Origins, based on the upcoming video game of the same name, will use DC2 Multiverse. While DC2 Multiverse features dynamic artwork and the "choose your own adventure" storytelling, it also includes action sounds, the ability to integrate a soundtrack and the power to tweak the fate of both superheroes and supervillains.
Based on the camp 1960s Batman TV show, Batman '66 will be DC's first interactive digital comic and will use DC2. The DC2 product is a stripped down version of DC2 Multiverse, which features dynamic artwork and a linear storyline.
"Digital comics have proven to be a driving force in attracting new readers, in fact, since the onset of Same-Day-Digital our print and digital sales have both risen by double and triple digits, respectively," stated Lee. "With Digital-First titles we've created a successful formula of pairing comics with other media forms like TV shows and video games. Today's announcements demonstrate how we can tie innovations that organically fit and enhance comics - for example with Batman: Arkham Orgins you can choose the destiny of your character by playing the game and reading the comic."
DC Entertainment has distribution deals with Kindle Store, iBookstore and Nook Store, as well as all comiXology platforms. Pricing and release dates were not revealed.
Batman: Arkham Origins launches Oct. 25 on Windows PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.