Telltale Games revealed on Wednesday that the upcoming sequel to “The Wolf Among Us” would not be released until 2023. The highly anticipated follow-up to the studio’s acclaimed 2013 narrative adventure was expected to be released this year.
“We started work on this in 2020 and we’re still determined to tell the ongoing story of Bigby and the rest of the Fabletown gang,” Telltale posted on Twitter. “However, it is going to require more time.”
We’ve made the difficult decision to delay The Wolf Among Us 2 #TWAU2.
— Telltale (@telltalegames) March 1, 2023
Telltale Games CEO Jamie Ottilie explained in an interview with IGN that the release date delay is to “avoid crunch.” Crunch, for those who are unfamiliar, is when developers push themselves to the limit, working nonstop to finish a game.
“I’ve done [crunch], and I don’t want to do it again, and it’s not fair to ask it,” he says. “You can’t plan a business around it. So yeah, part of it is about maintaining a healthy work culture. We don’t want to burn out our good people. It has been incredibly difficult to recruit the last two years between COVID and the labor markets and the growth in the games industry. So certainly, burning people out or grinding them down is the wrong thing to do long-term. It’s not how you build a business. And as an industry, we’re terrible about it. We burn our people out. We burn our best people out faster. And as an industry, if we’re going to continue to grow, we have to stop it. We just have to stop doing it and make better choices.”
Ottilie also stated that they did not want to ship an incomplete game. “if we put this game out and it’s not ready, we’re going to get torn to shreds,” he said. They want to release a game that they can call “the best game we could have made.”
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Note: Although no specific release date was given, the game is expected to be released in 2024. Meanwhile, players can look forward to The Expanse: A Telltale Series, which is still set to release this year.
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