Developer Telltale Games has announced that their upcoming narrative adventure, The Wolf Among Us 2, has been delayed beyond 2023, explaining that it’s for their team’s health and to better transition from Unreal Engine 4 to Unreal Engine 5.
In an article from outlet IGN, Telltale Games CEO Jamie Ottilie further discussed the team’s reasoning.
“Making games is difficult and they need time to be right. And it doesn’t do any of us any good to ship something that’s not ready. If we put this game out and it’s not ready, we’re going to get torn to shreds. The expectations are pretty high, and we want time to meet those and we want to be proud of it and know that, ‘Hey, this is the best game we could have made.’ Let the world say what they will [once] it’s done, but at least we know that in these times, in these conditions, this is the best game that we could make.”
Additionally, the company wants to avoid enacting crunch as much as possible, which Ottilie elaborates on:
“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.”
For more details, you can check out IGN’s dedicated coverage.
The Wolf Among Us 2 is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the Epic Games Store. In case you missed it, check out our latest coverage of the game, housing its key art, full trailer, and other details.
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