The first part of Focus Home Interactive and Big Bad Wolf's episodic narrative adventure The Council is out now in North America and Europe. The Council – Episode 1: The Mad Ones is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One priced at $6.99, though players can also purchase all five episodes now for $29.99. The remaining four episodes will be released throughout 2018.
The Council puts players in the role of Louis de Richet, a member of a secret society, who is attempting to discover what happened to his mother on Lord Mortimer's private island. Joining Louis on the island are other guests and members of the society including Napoleon Bonaparte and President of the newly-formed United States of America, George Washington.
The Council's gameplay uses a Social Influence system where character encounters see Loius using skills and other resources to attempt to come out on top. Failing an encounter does not mean game over, but the results of encounters are permanent and may result in physical effects and traits that help or hinder players. Players can choose how they wish to play Louis, developing up to fifteen skills that align towards diplomacy, occult knowledge, or detective-style perception.