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Telltale will remove image of real-life assassination victim from Batman: The Enemy Within

Someone at Telltale Games is having a very bad day. The company has now responded to the discovery that the latest episode of its game Batman: The Enemy Within uses a photograph of the body of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, just moments after he was shot. 

"An update to the game has been submitted this morning that will be removing the image across all platforms." it said in a statement to Gamasutra. "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."

The image was discovered and shared on social media and shows Karlov's body superimposed onto a scene of a robbery at Gotham brokerage. The photo is one that can be found on image library Getty, and costs around $575 to licence. The image was almost certainly mistaken by an unnamed developer for a stock photo, or intended to be used as reference and swapped out at a later date. At least you would hope so. 

Karlov was assassinated by a Turkish policeman while speaking at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey in December 2016. 

Rachel Weber

Rachel Weber is the US Managing Editor of GamesRadar+ and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Rachel began working in games journalism in 2006, combing her love of video games with her passion for writing. Starting as a fresh-faced staff writer of Official PlayStation Magazine, she went on to cover the business side of the industry with GamesIndustry.biz, before joining Rolling Stone's ambitious - if short-lived - Glixel project in 2016. She returned to Future and joined GamesRadar+ in 2017, revitalizing the news coverage and building new processes and strategies for the US team.


Throughout her 15 years of experience, Rachel has interviewed celebrities about their gaming habits, chatted with PlayStation and Xbox bosses, written thousands of words of previews, reviews, and news, and appeared as an expert on BBC radio and TV. In the name of games journalism, she's also taken rap lessons, appeared on the streets of London as a zombie, tried her hand at sword-fighting, and taken part in more than one 24-hour gaming marathons. 


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