The first episode of Focus Home Interactive and Big Bad Wolf’s upcoming episodic narrative adventure The Council is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
“In The Council – Episode 1: the Mad Ones, you begin your journey with Louis de Richet on Lord Mortimer’s private island and try to discover your mother’s fate – before it’s too late,” the episode’s description reads. “Joining you are a number of high profile guests, including Napoleon Bonaparte and President of the newly-formed United States of America, George Washington. The strange nature of this private reception goes beyond just the prestigious guests –Richet’s own mother has recently gone missing on the island, while each and every one of the colorful cast seems to have their own hidden agendas.”
The game offers “a fresh new take on the Narrative Adventure, where your choices and character growth truly matter,” in which players must maneuver their way through conversations using a Social Influence system. The system used by the game lets players use skills and limited resources to gain the upper hand and achieve the desired outcome.
“Players will be rewarded for their knowledge of each character’s psychological vulnerabilities and immunities, as well as their preparations made during prior exploration and investigation,” the publisher previously explained. “Failing an encounter does not mean ‘game over’, and no action can be taken back. The consequences are permanent, and may result in persistent physical disfigurements or mental traits that help or hinder the rest of the player’s adventure.”
The Council‘s story is split into five episodes.