The Wolf Among Us FAQ (Last Update on December 3rd, 2013)
All information in this FAQ is compiled by community moderators Jennifer and Vainamoinen. We check our facts thoroughly and have a lot of Telltale experience on our backs, but this is not an 'official' source, we're just volunteers!
(1) What is The Wolf Among Us?
It is an episodic game based on Bill Willingham's Fables comics, set in Fabletown, a hidden refuge for Fables in New York City. It is a prequel, set before the first issue, and is said by Mr. Willingham to be in canon with the comics. The player character will be the sheriff Bigby Wolf, and it will include Fables favorites like Snow White and Colin, one of the three little pigs. It will also star original Fables created by Telltale for this game.
(2) What kind of game can we expect?
It will be a game about choices, similar to The Walking Dead, with action sequences. The choices in this game relate to Bigby's wolf side, and how he treats the people he meets and those he has to protect. Like The Walking Dead, it will consist of choice based gameplay. However, there will be more freedom in the choices this time. You will be able to choose where to go in some instances, and the events will happen in real time. So, the other event will still play out regardless of whether or not you are there. Also, the action will be more directly controlled this time. Bigby will get into brawls, and since he is a Fable, the fights will be more over the top than they could be with someone like Lee from The Walking Dead.
(3) Is Bill Willingham involved with the game?
Bill Willingham reached a deal with Telltale to help direct the story of the game, and to make sure the characters and story stay true to the greater Fables universe.
(4) What platforms will TWaU be available for?
The episodes will be released for PC/Mac through the Telltale Store, Steam and other digital platforms, on the PlayStation3 through PSN, and on Xbox360 through XBLA.
On October 24th, 2013, Telltale also announced PS Vita and iOS versions of The Wolf among Us. toucharcade reports 'this fall' for iOS; no release window is reported for Vita.
(5) How much will it cost?
Like The Walking Dead, the episodes will cost 5$ each. A season pass option comprising all five episodes will be available for 25$. On some platforms (like the PC), you can't buy the episodes individually and will have to buy the game season at once.
(6) "Episodic" games? How does that work?
With a bit of patience, they do work. You can expect to receive a new episode every four to eight weeks. The way this works is each individual episode contains an individual part of a story that is held together through a narrative that connects all of the episodes together into what Telltale calls a season. Think along the lines of a serialized television series such as Lost.
The reason it takes a month or two to release the episodes is because Telltale's games really are created episodically, as they develop their games as they're making them, rather than finishing them ahead of time and then holding onto them until release (Telltale keeps working on the episodes right up until release day in the case of the computer versions). This has the added benefit of allowing them to improve gameplay or include topics in the storyline based on gamer and critic feedback (such tweaks to the action parts of The Walking Dead in later episodes, or the battery joke in episode 2 of The Walking Dead, or the joke about the length of Bone: Out from Boneville in Bone: The Great Cow Race).
(7) How many episodes will there be?
Five episodes are planned. Episode one will be named Faith.
(8) When will the episodes be released?
Episode 1 "Faith" released October 11th on PC&Xbox Live / 14th on Mac / 15th for PSN NA / 16th PSN EU.
Episode 2 release dates are **NOT OUT YET!!** Probable release is end December; seems like Telltale has hit a road block here. We're waiting for an official word as to how the Season is supposed to proceed and what time frames to expect, but nothing official has yet materialized.
(9) Will the different platforms release simultaneously?
Almost. Telltale has come a long way since 2009, when the PC and console releases of their episodes were months apart. With their last episodic release 'The Walking Dead', most platforms released within days of each other, and even these small lags were only due to the different release schedules of XBLA and PSN NA. However, PSN Europe always lagged a bit more. It is to be expected that these lags will also be apparent and unavoidable during the "Wolf among Us" release. Be prepared!
Lastly, these close release windows only refer to the platforms that have been announced before release (here: PC/Mac, PSN, and XBLA). If any other platforms are announced during the run of the Season - like iOS and Vita - the episodes for these platforms naturally release on a different schedule!
(10) Are there concrete release dates for all these episodes?
Absolutely not!! While Telltale doesn't start each new episode 'from scratch', large parts of the development cycle still take place during these release months. From writing to animation to voice acting to possible gamer input from the forums, it all comes together to form a new episode only weeks and days before release; and eventually, another time frame insecurity is added when console manufacturers receive the final build of the episodes for their quality assurance process.
As a consequence, fixed dates will only be announced mere days before an episode releases (in Telltale's blog, on their twitter, facebook page, or possibly through official press releases or interviews with Telltale staff on large gaming sites such as IGN or Game Informer). Don't ever believe dates given by various unofficial sites, including placeholder dates on large gaming sites such as IGN or Game Informer (unless they were accompanied by an official statement or press release from a Telltale staff member)! These are nothing but estimates, placeholder dates and possibly wishful thinking.
(11) For which languages will the game be available?
Only English will be available at launch. There is no word on what languages The Wolf Among Us will be translated to or when they will be available, but historically Telltale has released their translations towards the end of the season.
(12) Will there be a bonus/free collector's DVD version available from the Telltale store?
YES! Yes, after three years, Telltale store PC/Mac Season customers will finally receive a free bonus game DVD just for shipping costs.
(13) If I buy the game from someplace other than the Telltale store will I still get the collector's DVD?
No. The collector's DVD is only available for PC and Mac customers who order from the Telltale store.
(14) What will be on the collector's DVD from the Telltale store?
According to a post by the president of Telltale Games, Kevin Bruner, the collector's DVD will have the entire game on it, various videos, behind the scenes, etc. The DVD also comes in a case with special TTG only artwork. They have done a DVD with almost every TTG series, but since the DVD usually contains things that are created while the series is in production, they can't say what specific things will be on it. They usually start locking down the exact contents of the DVD as the season comes to a close.