Telltale Games is reportedly closing down and cancelling most current projects

Lewis Collier
September 22, 2018

According to online reports, those affected by the layoffs have alleged that the studio is either shutting down entirely or staying afloat as a meager skeleton crew, ahead of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series' final season launch throughout this fall. Another source said that the company is down to only 25 remaining employees out of 400.

There has been no official word from the company regarding the closure.

Here is the Telltale Games statement in full.

[Original Story] Video game developer Telltale Games laid off the majority of its staff today.

Telltale Games, the studio behind The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales From the Borderlands, and numerous other popular adventure games, has reportedly undergone another major round of layoffs. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement.

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We've reached out to Telltale for a statement, and in the meantime are left to figure how one of the most recognizable studios - working with some huge licenses - got to this point. "With a heavy hear, we watch our friends leave today to spread out brand of storytelling across the games industry".

Telltale Games has experienced layoffs in the past, although nothing at the scale suggested by these reports. And yes, the second season of The Wolf Among Us has been cancelled. This would be an interactive, five episode adaptation that could be played via the Netflix client. Narrative designer Emily Grace Buck, whose credits include Telltale's Batman and Guardians of the Galaxy games, tweeted for information about game development jobs "for a lot of other incredible people I love dearly". "While doing so, she said, "...keep in mind I am NOT a company rep".

According to USgamer's Matt Kim on Twitter, The Walking Dead: The Final Season will conclude after the release of Episode 2 next week. The identity and job titles of those employees are unknown at this time.

"I know that Telltale will be remembered fondly for what it has done best". Their breakout occurred in 2012, when their adaptation of The Walking Dead achieved massive critical acclaim and sales.

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