Some sad news has happened today because Telltale Games has confirmed that major layoffs have happened in the company. Only 25 employees remain to finish off the remaining episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.
The official Telltale Games Twitter page posted the following statement: 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 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.
It’s being said that The Wolf Among Us 2 has been fully canceled and the Netflix deal with The Stranger Things video game fell through and never came to pass. Effectively, both games have been canceled and the only thing that’s left to come out are the remaining episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.
Telltale Games was a prolific developer working on many choice based games of many different licenses. Over the years, the developer made games based on Batman, Minecraft, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead and many other properties. It’s quite sad to see the studio closing down, but this is just the reality of game development in these tough times. Hopefully those employees that have been let go today are able to find good jobs soon.