The studio famous for their monopoly over decision-based games is not as deceased as it once seemed. Back in October 2018, it was announced that the studio had been disbanded after a decline following the company’s early success in the Walking Dead series. With the band getting back together following an asset buy out, all of the previously owned licenses are on the table for a videogame adaptation. There is really only one that I most want to see: The Wolf Among us: Season 2. Here are a few reasons why it is a must choose as their rebound title.
The comic book series Fables was adapted for the first time by Telltale back in 2013. Players took control of Detective Bigby Wolf and were introduced to the neo-noir world of Fabletown. For those who don’t know, in a past life Bigby was one of the most dangerous entities in the fairy tale world. As the Big Bad Wolf, he was the monster that kept kids afraid in their beds. Now, he is the only form of law enforcement keeping Fable town safe from the outside world, and themselves. A simple seeming murder mystery unveils a grand conspiracy for a dark force to take over the town and rule supreme over all fairytale creatures and people.
The game had a unique and gritty art style that blended elements of detective thrillers with straight up superhero action. The scope of the world was an interesting one as well. The story seems contained to just the Fables’ small town, but quickly spreads out to new and interesting locales.
The majority of the gameplay is focused on collecting clues and interacting with suspects to gain more information about the case. Some of the most captivating dialogue of the studios’ history is contained here. Being able to choose how intelligently, or in the case of my playthrough, aggressively, you choose to play Bigby make you feel like your choices actually matter.
When there is a break from the hardboiled detective work, you transform into Bigby more feral form. Shifting between a werewolf and a fully formed canine beast, players got the chance to tear (literally) into the games many antagonists. I won’t spoil the final chapter of the game or the awesome action sequences, but the build-up to Bigby finally letting out his “old self” is beyond satisfying.
Although it was not the biggest license that Telltale has done business with, it was one of their most unique and, in my opinion at least, one of the most deserving of continuation. The scope of the story and ability to build original content is nearly endless. Fairytales of multiple cultures are all woven into a single story and expansive world.
It is not unreasonable to think that a sequel to 2013’s The Wolf Among Us will be the relaunching title for the revived outlet. Before their closing, a hype up teaser for season 2 had been released by IGN with much of the voice cast from the first season talking about their involvement. I’ll leave the link down here for people to see, so that everyone can get pumped for the world of Fabletown to unveil itself again.