Telltale Games have started closing down their studio following a statement by the company and laying off many of its members in the process. Only 25 of the 250 members remain who will remain on board to finish the final obligations.
In a Twitter statement, Telltale announced:
Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement.
“It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”
Telltale will issue further comments regarding its product portfolio in the coming weeks.
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018
While the studio did not elaborate on the state of its future projects, US Gamer has cited anonymous sources saying that The Walking Dead: The Final Season has also been allegedly cancelled along with the second season of The Wolf Among Us and the debut season of Stranger Things.
While the Second episode of The Walking dead: Suffer the Children launches next week, it seems that the game will abruptly conclude with this release, while the future episodes seem to have been cancelled.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season’s first episode released on the Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC on August 14, 2018. The second episode “Suffer the Children” is to launch on August 25, 2018. Before today’s announcement, a third episode was supposed to show up on November 6, 2018 and a fourth was set for December 18, 2018.
The anonymous sources have also said that there is a skeleton group in Telltale that is only working on the Minecraft Story Mode project for Netflix.
It is unclear where the future of the rest of the episodes stands, but the studio is yet to speak in details about the matter of the future projects. However, we have to sadly admit that the prospects look dull.
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