Telltale Games may be one of the most unorthodox developers and publishers in the industry. Whereas many publishers ensure the public knows about the release of their game well in advance of launch day, Telltale seems to sneak in each and every time, cutting as close to release as possible. The same seems to ring true for The Wolf Among Us: Episode Two.
Gamers already knew the game would be dropping in February, but thanks to a recent tweet on the official Telltale Games Twitter account, gamers now have the exact release dates for episode two of The Wolf Among Us, titled Smoke & Mirrors. It will be launching initially on February 4th for PC, Mac and North American PS3 users, and then on February 5th for Xbox 360 and European PS3 players. For those that choose iOS as their platform of choice, the game will be seeing a release sometime next week.
In an industry where many high-profile games are given release dates months in advance and are then shifted due to unforeseen issues in development, it’s refreshing to have a company like Telltale Games who is willing to surprise gamers and resist the urge of leaving them hanging for too long. This way, they let the release itself act as a means of generating hype rather than relying on a grandiose announcement that will fade over time. It’s been a longer wait for Episode Two than we expected, due in part to some unforseen circumstances, but will soon be time to continue Bigby’s adventure.
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) January 31, 2014
If the upcoming episode’s trailer is any indication, Smoke & Mirrors is shaping up to be a quality follow-up to the season’s strong opening (check out our review). While there is a good amount of narrative latitude possible in the universe of The Walking Dead, Fables has an almost limitless supply of untapped characters and stories. Telltale has proven time and time again that they are masters of expanding on beloved narrative universes, so for them to work within the world of Fables where almost anything can become a reality, it will be interesting to see where their imaginations will take gamers.
Are you more inclined to get excited over games that announce their release dates well in advance? Do you feel that there is a benefit to surprising gamers with release dates right before the release of the game itself?
The Wolf Among Us: Episode Two, titled “Smoke & Mirrors” will be releasing on PC, Mac and PS3 in North America on February 4th, Xbox 360 and PS3 in Europe on February 5th, and iOS devices next week. Episode One, “Faith,” is available now for PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3 and iOS devices.
Source: Telltale Games