By now, you’ve likely heard about the massive layoffs at Telltale Games last Friday that resulted in 225 people losing their jobs. The shocking turn of events at the prolific game studio has reignited debates over ongoing issues in the games industry pertaining to worker’s rights, but from a consumer standpoint, Telltale’s shuttering has left a number of customers in the dark as well.
At the time of the layoffs, Telltale had only completed work on two out of four episodes of their latest game, The Walking Dead: The Final Season — a significant problem considering Telltale’s business model of selling season passes for its games (it’s still unclear if customers will be able to get refunds). Fortunately, it looks like the remaining staff are seeking a solution.
The official Telltale Games Twitter account sent out a tweet yesterday confirming that they have “multiple potential partners” who have “expressed interest” in seeing The Walking Dead through to completion:
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 24, 2018
Interestingly, multiple sources have made comments that run counter to Telltale’s claims, including voice actor Melissa Hutchison (Clementine), who wrote a letter on Twitter that mentioned that, as far as she knew, The Walking Dead would end with Episode 2.
Currently, there are only 25 employees remaining at Telltale in order to “fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.” With the exception of Minecraft: Story Mode for Netflix, all future Telltale projects were cancelled alongside the mass layoffs, including a game based on Netflix’s Stranger Things. Netflix is reportedly seeking a new developer to helm that one.
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