Focus Home Interactive and Big Bad Wolf announced that The Council‘s first episode is currently available for purchase on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The episode is called “The Mad Ones”. It features a young man who heads to a private island in order to discover the truth behind his mother’s disappearance.
Players assume the role of Louis de Richet, who is intent on discovering why his mother disappeared and who was responsible for it. When he arrives on Lord Mortimer’s private island, Richet discovers that it houses meetings for a secret society consisting of some of the world’s most powerful leaders. Why are they there? What do they do? And what does his mother have to do with it all?
Players must utilize Richet to fish clues and information out of the guests using a slightly different kind of gameplay mechanic: one of deception.
As depicted in the launch trailer above, as players move through the mansion and talk to the guests, the objective is to move and herd them through the conversation in order to uncover the truths that they hold. What’s interesting here is that you can unlock certain skills to persuade or manipulate people in the right ways.
However, it won’t be an easy task and the outcomes aren’t always predictable. Big Bad Wolf also veers players away from constant saving and reloading, so you’ll have to be stuck with the decisions you make and the consequences that come from them. These consequences will carry over into the remaining episodes of the game, much like a Telltale title. Whatever physical deformities or casualties encountered in the episode will also carry over.
It’s one of those games where your choices will have serious consequences and so you’ll be compelled to play through the game multiple times to see what sort of outcomes you encounter.
There are 15 different skillsets to master, and multiple routes to uncover. You can pick up the first episode right now of The Council for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The remaining four episodes will be released throughout 2018. For more info feel free to visit the official website.