Telltale Games seems to have decided that making fans of The Walking Dead wait for the company’s next comic book adaptation isn’t in their best interest. Surprising many by announcing that The Wolf Among Us – the studio’s adaptation of the “Fables” comic series – will be releasing this Friday, October 11, the launch trailer has arrived to help set the mood.
Dropping players into the shoes of Bigby Wolf, a simple case of murder proves to be just the first piece of a much larger mystery; one that will take Bigby down some truly treacherous rabbit holes, and face-to-face with some of the “Fables” universe’s most iconic – and terrifying – characters.
For those unfamiliar with the source material, the thing that makes Bigby Wolf, (the Sheriff of Fabletown) unique is his fairy tale alter-ego: the ‘Big Bad Wolf.’ A werewolf whose legend is known to every schoolchild may be somewhat of an oddity, but not in Fabletown – a city populated by the most famous characters and monsters of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Bigby has reformed since his Hood-hunting days, so who better to police the community?
The action kicks off when a Fable is murdered on Bigby’s watch, leaving the Sheriff to go digging in some of Fabletown’s darkest corners. Coming across the likes of the Three Little Pigs, Mr. Toad, and more, fans of both the original comic and the source material should see plenty of familiar faces. Much of the marketing of Episode One has centered on Bigby’s confrontation with his old foe ‘the Woodsman,’ with the fight once again starring in the launch trailer.
Violence is just the beginning, as the tone, content, and language of The Wolf Among Us seems targeted squarely at mature players. With a visual style that is quickly becoming Telltale’s signature, and an honorable treatment of writer Bill Willingham’s graphic novel, it will be interesting to see how large an audience that game can attract throughout the first season.
There’s still time to take advantage of the numerous pre-order offers for Episode One and the entire season, so if the trailer has you convinced the game is worth your time, better to act now.
Will you be playing through The Wolf Among Us because you’re a fan of the comic, the studio, or simply because the fiction is an intriguing one? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
The first episode of The Wolf Among Us, “Faith,” releases October 11, 2013 for PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3. The episode will cost $4.99, with the full season order costing just $19.99.
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