Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Final season to be completed
In the aftermath of all of the sudden firing of essentially it’s entire workforce, Telltale Games has come to an agreement with games developer Skybound Entertainment to finish the remaining season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.
Why the sudden change?
After laying off it’s workforce there was a lot of speculation as to whether Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Final Season would reach completion. I mean how’d you complete a title with no employees?
It now appears that Robert Kirkham, both creator of the Walking Dead comic franchise and founder of Skybound is backing the plan to see the game through to a finished state.
That’s all fine, but how about the ex-employees?
From what we know so far, the finalization is due to be taken on by the game development team at Skybound, but this update is pretty low key on information as we’ve only seen info within the Tweet below.
We’re SO happy to announce that we’ve reached a deal with @telltalegames that will allow Skybound to continue #TheWalkingDead: The Final Season! Let’s wrap up Clem’s story right! More details to come soon. pic.twitter.com/ShyREw65iq
— Skybound Games (@skyboundgames) October 7, 2018
At his appearance at the NY Comic Con Kirkman assured fans that “we can’t lose…Clementine.” This source came directly from an article from Variety. What this means is anybody’s guess. According to the article it appears that a spokesperson said the company would like to work with some of the ex-devs who’d already been working on the game. Time will tell though.
Is that it for the ex-workers?
Although the majority of its workforce was laid off keeping a skeleton crew of 25 employees, then laying those employees off a short time after, there’s currently an ongoing lawsuit. In short, under California law its alleged that employees should be provided with sixty days severance pay plus any company benefits they are owed. This is currently ongoing.
Following the sudden termination of employment, the ex-employees took to Twitter using the hashtag #TelltaleJobs to help each other get back on their feet. It’s not immediately clear how many of these employees would go back to helping develop the game, to be fair who could blame them? Neither is it clear whether they’d actually get their hands on any of the game’s profits towards their severance pay to cushion the crushing blow.
Watch this space for what’s next for Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Will Clem finally go on to tell her story?