Following initial reports that Telltale Games—the developer behind the extremely popular and well received ‘Walking Dead’ series—had laid off a significant percentage of its workforce, it now seems that the news is not only true but significantly worse.
In an official statement from the developer, Telltale has confirmed a majority studio closure, with only a small group of employees staying on to tie up loose ends. The official statement, from Telltale’s CEO Pete Hawley can be read below:
“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 fulfil the company’s obligations to its board and partners.”
“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 trying 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”.
This news will come as a devastating blow to fans, especially those of the Walking Dead series. Although glaringly oblivious that projects like Telltales Game of Thrones and The Wolf Among Us won’t be getting new seasons, rumours have already begun to circulate that the conclusion of Clementine’s story may not even see its final two chapters. We’re really hoping that this is, in fact, bullshit. The BuffNerfRepeat boys have, like so many others, invested a lot of time into The Walking Dead. With the TV series taking strange turns, and now this, it’s a bad time to be a fan of The Walking Dead.