In information that presumably everybody noticed coming, The Wolf Amongst Us 2 has been delayed past this 12 months. In a publish to Twitter yesterday night, the newly-revived (minus most of its authentic employees) Telltale Video games introduced that it had “made the troublesome determination to delay The Wolf Amongst Us 2 out of 2023”. However on condition that it has been almost a decade for the reason that final episode of the primary collection launched, I can in all probability stand to attend a little bit longer.

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Telltale says the delay is about “defending the health of [its] staff,” and in a chat with IGN, studio boss Jamie Ottilie stated it was about avoiding crunch. “Burning folks out or grinding them down is the incorrect factor to do long-term,” stated Ottilie, “As an business, if we’ll proceed to develop, we’ve to cease it. We simply need to cease doing it and make higher decisions”. The one different to both delaying the game or crunching would have been transport an unfinished game, which the studio apparently refuses to do. “If we put this game out and it is not prepared, we’ll get torn to shreds,” stated Ottilie.

The Wolf Amongst Us 2 was introduced early in its improvement cycle in 2019, whereas Telltale was nonetheless staffing up for full manufacturing, and it has been hindered by all of the stuff you’d anticipate: Covid-19 and the tight labour market that adopted it, however it’s additionally been impacted by a call to change the game from Unreal Engine 4 to five. Ottilie says the change has been price it, however it’s meant redoing work that was already carried out for the UE4 model of the game.

It isn’t stunning that this new Telltale can be delicate to crunch. The unique studio was infamous for it, with employees working 80-hour weeks that the corporate’s co-founder defended as a crucial observe. “We tried to create an surroundings where you actually needed to [crunch] to outlive at Telltale,” Kevin Bruner, the unique Telltale’s co-founder, stated in 2019. On condition that this was nearly definitely a horrible expertise for its employees and the corporate finally folded anyway, it is hardly a shock that nu-Telltale is attempting to undertake a extra measured tempo.

There isn’t any phrase on when The Wolf Amongst Us 2 has been delayed to, sadly, however I hold out hope it is solely been postponed to early(ish) subsequent 12 months. The unique Wolf Amongst Us collection was, alongside The Strolling Lifeless, certainly one of authentic Telltale’s extra notable successes, and PCG’s Tyler Wilde praised it for its “moral challenges, and the standard of the characters and writing” in his The Wolf Amongst Us overview again in 2014. Till we get extra information, I assume I am going to simply maintain rewatching that Wolf Amongst Us 2 trailer we bought final 12 months. It may need to tide us over for a while to return.