The wolf among us is coming back, but the long-awaited sequel won’t seem to lean too much on 2013’s original episodic adventure. According to an interview with Telltale CEO Jamie Ottilie in Edge magazine, picked up by IGN, newcomers to the series can play the upcoming sequel without catching up with the original.
“We strive to craft our narratives so that they can stand on their own,” Ottilie said. “We think the opening of the first episode sets things up so that the player understands how the characters got to where they are now.”
That’s not to say that jumping into the sequel without knowledge of the first game is the best way to experience The Wolf Among Us 2 – Ottilie has even said he hopes at least some new players will consider checking it out first season before jumping into the second — but just that newcomers will be able to “get in at that point and understand what’s going on.”
Based on the Fables comic series, the Wolf Among Us series has had a tumultuous history, with a sequel originally planned and then canceled when Telltale Games closed in 2018. With the studio now under new management, The Wolf Among Us 2 is being developed from the ground up rather than attempting to revive the originally planned sequel. The new game also scraps the notoriously unwieldy Telltale Tool engine in favor of the Unreal Engine.
The Wolf Among Us 2 takes place six months after the events of Season 1. The narrative reveals that Bigby Wolf has been suspended from his position and sent to anger management while helping Deputy Mayor Snow White protect Fabletown. Like the first game, TWAU 2 will be released episodically through 2023, although Telltale Games aims to complete development of the entire series before the release of the first installment to avoid delayed releases.
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