If you haven’t bought any Telltale games (Which you haven’t since their sales numbers were atrocious), now might be the time. With Telltale closing down, the company is selling off their assets which include physical goods, trademarks, copyrights, software, and source code. This means other studios will be able to purchase the rights and potentially continue the game stories. On Steam, Telltale has removed their older games such The Tales of Monkey Island, Back to the Future, and Jurassic Park. The Walking Dead: The Final Season and their more recent titles are still available but the date on which they’ll be removed is undetermined. Telltale is working with Skybound Entertainment to finish The Walking Dead: The Final Season.
In addition to the liquidation of their assets, Telltale can only provide their former employees’ health benefits until November 30th. This will leave their 250 former employees and contractors without health benefits after their layoff. Telltale has been facing lawsuits from former employees for the sudden layoffs.
Announced during New York Comic-Con by Robert Kirkman (Creator of the Walking Dead), Skybound Games will finish the game. Skybound Entertainment, the parent company, publishes The Walking Dead comic book series and many more. A part of the good news is that Skybound will work with the original Telltale team for the project. While final details are still unclear on when the full game will release or who is working on the project, fans can rejoice as The Walking Dead: The Final Seasonwill be finished. Skybound Games have worked on mobile games and tabletop games for The Walking Dead series. They have also published video games such as The Long Dark and Slime Rancher.
Last week, Telltale released a majority of their staff with no severance pay. They kept a skeleton group of employees to finish the last projects they owed to the shareholders. Apparently, that didn’t last long as Telltale just released the last remaining staff members.
Heeeeyyyy remember how there was going to be a skeleton crew staying on for a while and I was part of it? Nah, jk, we all just got laid off, too.
The last project Telltale had was The Minecraft Story for Netflix. What remains of that project remains to be seen. Telltale has faced heavy scrutiny by the public for their mass layoffs without providing warning or severance packages for the employees. According to Kotaku, Telltale will finish The Walking Dead: The Final Season with another developer which is a slap to the face of the employees who worked so hard on the game. The future of The Walking Dead: The Final Season looks bleak but the Telltale hasn’t responded on the employee layoffs. Guess they chose the no answer option.
With Telltale Games laying off almost most of their employees, many fans were concerned over the fate of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. The day of the layoffs, it was reported that Telltale would not finish the season but finish their work on The Minecraft Storyfor Netflix. Fans were heavily disappointed considering The Walking Dead was Telltales biggest game and many were invested in the life of Clementine, the main character. However, it looks like Telltale will continue making The Walking Dead.
Telltale hasn’t state who “the partners” are or when the the new episodes are expected to launch. Despite the good news, many people are pushing Telltale games to pay the laid off employees severance. Over 200 employees were suddenly released from Telltale without severance pay. Without future notice, one former employee is filing a class action lawsuit.
The future of Telltale remains to be unclear but hopefully the employees are compensated accordingly.