Back in December 2017, Focus Home Interactive announced a new narrative adventure game, called The Council. The first episode for The Council was originally meant to hit Steam in February 2018, however it was slightly delayed. And today, the publisher revealed that this first episode will be released on March 13th.
In order to celebrate this announcement, Focus Home Interactive released a new video in which the developers explain how they innovated on the genre, twisting the classic formula with original mechanics, and their ambition of giving true weight to each and every one of the players’ decisions throughout the game.
In The Council, players will begin their journey with Louis de Richet on Lord Mortimer’s private island and try to discover their mother’s fate – before it’s too late.
“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.”
In a new twist for the genre, the core of The Council’s gameplay comes from manipulating and maneuvering through character encounters using the unique Social Influence system. During confrontations, skills and limited resources can be used 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. 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.
Richet’s numerous skills can be developed to align with your chosen approach to the adventure. You will be able to solve issues with diplomacy, delve into occultism to expand your historical and scientific knowledge, or play detective and see what others do not perceive. The game will also feature 15 diverse skills to use and invest in.