It’s been a truly awful time for the staff at Telltale Games. The studio known for episodic adventures like The Walking Dead recently found itself the vicim of sudden and unexpected mass layoffs.
This is, obviously, a truly horrendous situation for the 200 plus staff – many of whom have families to look after and rent to pay. Thankfully, the gaming industry has really come together to do what they can for the folk over at Telltale.
Meanwhile, plenty of gamers have wondered exactly what will happen to The Walking Dead: The Final Season, which was only two episodes in before the Telltale layoffs.
To a casual observer, it would seem like with the staff no longer at the studio, finishing off this final adventure would be highly unlikely, but it looks as if Telltale has managed to strike a deal with a new studio to finish the game.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman himself stepped out at New York Comic Con to reveal that his own multiplatform entertainment company – Skybound – would be finishing the project.
He said that we just couldn’t lose Andrew Lincoln (who departs The Walking Dead TV show this season) and Clementine in one year.
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
It also seems as if Skybound will be bringing on a number of the ex-Telltale employees to assist on getting The Walking Dead’s final season finished up.
While there are no plans for Skybound to take on anymore Telltale properties (such as The Wolf Among Us), it’s great that we can get some closure on Clem’s story after all. It’s sure to be an emotional finish.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.