The Council Episode 2 ‘Hide and Seek’ Releases May 15th
Focus Home Interactive announced that The Council Episode 2: Hide and Seek, the narrative adventure game that redefines the genre with RPG mechanics and consequences for every choice, will release on May 15th. Hide and Seek continues the story of Louis de Richet as he deals with the dramatic results of his actions in episode one, released earlier this year. He must continue his investigation into the disappearance of his mother, Sarah, while dealing with the newly-arrived Spanish head of state, the finally-revealed Lord Mortimer, and the quickly-forming factions on the island.
Check out the screenshots of The Council Episode 2: Hide and Seek, featuring the new areas and characters:
“In the first screenshots for episode two, get a glimpse of brand new areas of the mansion to explore, along with new characters who bring dire news and shocking revelations to the island. Who will you side with? Who can you trust? And how will you find Sarah de Richet? The choices are yours in The Council episode two, Hide and Seek.
Hide and Seek releases on May 17 on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Steam. Complete Season and Season Pass owners will receive a two day headstart, with all of episode two being playable from May 15, as well as providing access to all future episodes. Episode one, The Mad Ones, is required to run episode two.
The Council is a narrative adventure game that seduced players and journalists alike with a deep and captivating story featuring intricate characters and smart writing. The innovative concept brings the Narrative Adventure genre beyond its boundaries and allows for meaningful choices with impactful consequences.
The Council begins in 1793, with you taking the role of secret society member Louis de Richet after his invitation to a private island off the shores of England by the enigmatic Lord Mortimer.
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…
A NEW TAKE ON NARRATIVE ADVENTURE
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. You will be rewarded for your 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 your adventure.
Richet’s numerous skills can be developed to align with your chosen approach to the adventure. Solve issues with diplomacy, delve into occultism to expand your historical and scientific knowledge, or play detective and see what others do not perceive.
Your skills will have uses that extend far beyond your conversations with fellow guests. With 15 diverse skills to use and invest in, you are free to uncover The Council’s mysteries how you see fit, with wildly varying consequences depending on your methods.
The results will forever alter the life of Louis de Richet, of those around him, and shape history as we know it.
The Council episode two, Hide and Seek, releases May 15 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Complete Season will include a total of five episodes, with new episodes releasing regularly in 2018.”