Telltale Games has come bearing unfortunate news for us Mundies - The Wolf Among Us Season 2 has been delayed, and is now not going to be ready until 2019.
The Wolf Among Us 2, based upon Bill Willingham’s ‘Fables’ comic book series, has been shifted out of 2018 in order to accommodate the large-scale changes that have been going on behind the scenes at Telltale.
“Most importantly,” said Telltale in a blog post, “we're 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.
“Ultimately our goal is to deliver an experience deserving of the passion you’ve consistently shown for The Wolf Among Us, and these extra months will give us the time we need to do our best work. We’re extremely enthusiastic about how the game is progressing so far, and we can’t wait to dig even deeper.”
This news was probably to be expected when Telltale Games started pumping the brakes last November. Around 25% of the entire studio was laid off, and it quickly became clear that Telltale was having to go back to the drawing board. It was making too many games, at too fast a rate, and the quality was beginning to suffer. Going forward, they announced their intentions to make "fewer, better games with a smaller team."
The Wolf Among Us 2 sounds as if it’s going to be one of the first games to benefit from the protracted development cycle. Rumours have persisted that Telltale is moving to an entirely new engine. The current proprietary engine is certainly a little long in the tooth, so this could be a major help for the upcoming titles, which includes the final season of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones: Season Two.