The latest episode of Telltale Games’ Batman series contains a real-life photo of an assassinated Russian diplomat.

Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot and killed by a Turkish police officer at an art exhibition in December last year.

The incident was widely reported on, including an infamous photo of the assailant brandishing his weapon as Karlov lies dead on the gallery floor.

Telltale to remove photo of assassinated diplomat from latest Batman episode
Telltale to remove photo of assassinated diplomat from latest Batman episode

It was this image of Karlov which can be seen in the game, in a scene where Batman reviews security camera footage from a break-in at Gotham Brokerage.

It is unclear if this was a deliberate choice or a mistake made by the developers.

In a statement to Gamasutra, Telltale said it is reviewing the image's inclusion internally.

"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 studio said.

Telltale released a patch over the weekend that will remove the image from the game on all platforms.