Posted Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Game based on Bill Willingham's 'Fables' Vertigo Comics.
As Telltale moves ahead with its extremely popular 'The Walking Dead' video games, the lessons learned from the production of that series' first season is evident in the first trailer for 'The Wolf Among Us.' 'The Wolf Among Us' is based in the universe created in Bill Willingham's 'Fables' comics, and is backed by Vertigo Comics parent DC Comics.
Lead Designer Ryan Kaufman, "Even if you're a hardcore Fables fan who thinks you know what's coming, prepare for Telltale to surprise you. We do a lot of clever storytelling moves that will leave Fables fans wondering what the hell is going on. Knowing how it all turns out [is] a weird advantage sometimes, [but it will leave you thinking], 'how do we get there?'"
Bill Willingham seems to be as behind the game as anyone not at Telltale,"When Telltale Games made its deal with DC Comics to turn Fables into a game I had one overriding concern. Would they get the story right?
"Fables has been shopped around for a movie or TV show almost right from the launch of the series. On two different occasions the possible, maybe, could be deal (which is as far as most projects go out there) resulted in scripts for a Fables TV pilot (and in each case the script was never filmed as a pilot).
"In both cases, when I was eventually allowed to read them, the scripts told me the same thing: whoever wrote these stories never read Fables, or didn't like what they'd read, or simply thought they'd do something different to put their own personal "stamp" on the story. Even the one that was a pretty good fairy tale story, in the most generic sense, was a lousy Fables story. Except for using some of the same names for characters they bore little resemblance to the Fables comic book series.
"No surprise then that I was most worried about their fidelity to the Fables story, when I heard a deal had been reached to adapt Fables into a Telltale game.
"The surprise ending to this tale? The men and women at Telltale got the story right. They know the true story of Fables frontwards and back, so well in fact that I went out of my way to reach a separate deal with Telltale, not only to do what I can to help direct the story of their game, but to make the story in the game canon in the greater Fables fictional universe. That may seem a pretty bold step to take, but their in-game story merits it. It's brilliant to the point of there being far too many moments of, "I wish I’d thought of that."
"Part of my deal with Telltale is to catch their Fables continuity mistakes and make sure they remain true to the original story and characters. But they've made so few mistakes I fear I'm stealing their money. They know the material so well, and remain so true to it, I don't have enough to do.
'The Wolf Among Us' is headed to the 360, PS3, PC, and Mac, and the first episode, 'Faith,' is expected to release in the next few months.
Author: Brian Hoss
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