The sequel to Telltale Games’ fantastical narrative adventure, The Wolf Among Us, won’t be shipping out this year as originally planned. Season 2 is now scheduled for a 2019 release.
The developers confirmed the news in a post on Telltale’s site explaining the delay is due to ‘the result of a few fundamental changes here at Telltale since we first announced the game last summer’. This is more than likely a thinly veiled reference to laying off 25% of its staff and the subsequent repercussions, though when the news broke back in November 2017, Telltale did state that ongoing projects would not be affected, including The Wolf Among Us 2.
The Wolf Among Us inhabits the world of Fables, a Vertigo comic book series created by Bill Willingham to high praise and numerous awards. The year is 1986 and a certain Bigby Wolf is tasked with shepherding fantasy creatures as they navigate Fabletown. These creatures live among normal humans, cloaked to resemble them thanks to a special glamour enchantment, after having been ousted from their home realms. Centered around one brutal murder, players must find the culprit and embark on a winding narrative story where every choice has an impact. Similar to ‘choose your own adventure’ books, the player is firmly in control of the outcome.
Little is known about the details of The Wolf Among Us Season 2, announced last year, other than it picks up where Season 1 left off. Telltale says they are ‘committed to exploring new ways to tell our stories. Taking this extra time will allow us not only to focus on quality but also to experiment and iterate in order to craft something truly special’.
— DC Vertigo (@vertigo_comics) May 25, 2018
Given that the original The Wolf Among Us entry was released in 2013, the near five year wait is getting a bit of an extension to the dismay of a loyal and dedicated fan base that has gathered around the series. Telltale Games, famed for their Walking Dead series, has plans for five episodes in total, though at this rate we’ll need two more decades to get to the tail end of Bigby Wolf’s adventures. Then again, telling tales isn’t easy so what’s another year?