The Wolf Among Us originally released in 2013. Telltale revealed that they were originally working on a sequel, before the company went under in 2018. The sequel was ostensibly being worked on to run with the in-house Telltale engine. Fans of their games criticized this engine a fair bit over the years, pointing to texture pop-in issues and some instability with the engine as common problems. This is of course not really relevant for the revived sequel, The Wolf Among Us 2, which LCG and Athlon are now working on.
The sequel that was recently announced was met with a fair amount of excitement. But now, fans are beginning to be a bit suspect. The game doesn’t have a firm release date, and now a new announcement has made it clear that said release date won’t be coming anytime soon. That’s because The Wolf Among Us 2 has just restarted development on a new engine. There’s some bad news here, as some other games have been completely sunk by such an engine switch in recent memory.
There’s a good reason for this though. Now in an interview with USgamer, the CEO of LCG Entertainment/Telltale, Jamie Ottilie, stated that they wanted to give the developers a clean slate to work with. So instead of building a game out of long-abandoned parts, the development team will be moving the project to Unreal. And just like we knew from the Game Awards reveal, Wolf Among Us 2 will be worked on by the original directors from the Telltale project, Dennis Lenart and Nick Herman.
The Wolf Among Us is based on the Fables comic series by Bill Willingham. So there’s plenty of material to pull from if the team also decides to go with a new story arc. The franchise is basically wide open at this point.
The Wolf Among Us 2 currently has no release date. And this new announcement probably pushes the potential release date back even further. If you want to to try out the original, it’s free to play for two more days on the Epic Games Store. At least that way you can do something to make the time pass a bit faster.