Episodic adventure game The Council concludes on Dec. 4, with the release of its fifth episode, titled Checkmate, on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
“Episode 5: Checkmate brings all your decisions, mistakes, and victories to the fore as Louis’ alliances, enemies, and family all come together for a climactic confrontation. Who will win, and can the De Richets survive the island in the end?”, the announcement post reads.
To those unaware, The Council journeys back to 1793 and follows Louis De Richet, a secret society member, as he accepts an invitation to a private island off the shores of England. There, he must not only search for his missing mother, but also navigate a complex web of intrigue while dealing with notable historical figures, such as George Washington, each with their own secrets and agendas.
Although molded in a similar shape to modern Telltale titles, The Council infuses RPG elements into its gameplay, giving players 15 skills with which to customize Louis. These range from diplomacy to occultism and play into the game’s Social Influence system which rewards knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the characters you’re confronting and using these skills to gain their trust or manipulate them.
If you haven’t picked The Council up yet, or plan on waiting for Episode 5: Checkmate to release before playing through it all in one fell swoop, it’s worth knowing that the Complete Season is discounted by 40% as part of the Steam Autumn Sale. The sale brings the price down to $17.99 and ends on Nov. 27.