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Jun 05 2013

DC Entertainment launches new DC2 and DC2 Multiverse

Batman 66 #1 cover - MIke Allred

DC Entertainment, hailing themselves as “the most prolific digital comic book publisher” (possibly in the wake of the continuous run of Forever Evil comics), has announced the DC2 and DC2 Multiverse at the opening of Time Warner’s “The Future of Storytelling” exhibition in New York.

According to the press release:

DC2  is a new initiative that layers dynamic artwork onto digital comic panels, adding a new level of dimension to digital storytelling. DC2 Multiverse technology allows readers to determine a specific story outcome by selecting individual characters, storylines and plot developments while reading the comic, meaning one chapter of a digital comic has dozens of possible story outcomes.

DC2 will launch with the digital-first Batman ’66, based on the 1960s TV show (that is still not available on DVD or Blu-ray incidentally). The press goes on to say, “Readers will experience an expanded storytelling canvas as each comic panel tells a multi-dimensional story through layered artwork and sequences”.

Meanwhile, Batman: Arkham Origins – based on the video game of the same name – will be the first to use the DC2 Multiverse technology. DC gives a little bit more information about what this might involve:

DC2 Multiverse features dynamic artwork, along with action sounds and the ability to integrate a soundtrack – all while allowing readers to determine the fate of each storyline and character, including Super Heroes and Super Villains, with multiple options and end results available in each comic chapter. Only with DC Comics’ compelling rogues gallery will fans be just as excited to see what happens to Black Mask as they are to follow Batman’s adventures.

While we don’t have the technology in hand yet, we’ve put together a few animated GIFs for you to demonstrate how this technology might work:
DC2 Sequence - Batman 66

DC2 Multiverse - Batman: Arkham Origins

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