The anticipated sequel, The Wolf Among Us 2, will now not be released before 2024, according to the creator Telltale Games. Many factors, including the desire to migrate to Unreal Engine 5 and the desire to avoid crunch, led to the difficult decision.
In a recent interview with IGN, Telltale explained the reasons behind delaying The Wolf Among Us 2 till 2023. According to the studio’s CEO Jamie Ottilie, the team was forced to make the difficult decision of either releasing an incomplete project this year as promised or relying on a crunch to finish all the work due to the difficulties of rebuilding Telltale during the COVID-19 pandemic and hiring new staff.
The Game Can’t Be Released Before It Is Ready
“Sending something that isn’t ready serves no one’s interests. We’re going to get torn to pieces if we release this game before it’s ready “said Ottilie. “We want to be proud of it and we want to be able to match the high expectations. Let the public say what it will once it is finished, but at least we are aware that given the circumstances, this is the greatest game we could have created.”
The tweet below explains the reason for The Wolf Among Us 2’s Delay:
We’ve made the difficult decision to delay The Wolf Among Us 2 #TWAU2.
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) March 1, 2023
No matter how crucial this sequel is for the studio, according to Jamie Ottilie, this new Telltale just won’t deliver on crunch because “it’s not fair to require that” of the freshly hired personnel. He remarked, “Maintaining a positive work environment is part of it. “We’re bad at it as a sector. […] We just need to quit doing it and start making wiser decisions.”
Telltale’s recent choice to move to Unreal Engine 5 in search of fresh intriguing features is another factor contributing to the delay. On the older version of the engine, this entails redoing “quite a bit of work,” but perhaps the effort will be well worth it. The Wolf Among Us 2’s future on PS4 and Xbox One, as once anticipated, is still unknown.
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