Telltale Games rose to fame in 2012 with The Walking Dead. That series popularised narrative adventure games and helped bring independent games into the spotlight. Now, Telltale Games is shutting its doors, mostly. Gamasutra wrote that multiple developers who used to work for the company have reported on social media that they are out of a job. Gamasutra then stated in a tweet, that 25 employees will remain at the company to finish The Walking Dead: The Final Season. That same tweet also states that “The company’s current projects are being canceled” This means that we will not see a second season of The Wolf Among Us, or the upcoming Stranger Things title Telltale was working on.
This comes after layoffs occurred at the studio in November 2017. Alongside that, The Verge reported that the studio has reportedly suffered from “toxic management.” In addition to this, their games have always suffered from technical issues due to the age of the engine their games were running on. Variety reported earlier this year that they were finally switching to the Unity engine, but it appears to have been too late.
As mentioned above, The Walking Dead: The Final Season will still be produced but it is unclear what will happen to Telltale games after the season finishes this December.
The second episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season releases next week, with the third releasing in November, and the final one in December.
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