The past decade has seen Telltale Games undergo a renaissance with their episodic game series based on properties “The Walking Dead,” “Batman,” “Fables,” “Game of Thrones” and more.
That is coming to an end though with Kotaku receiving a statement from the company confirming that all but 25 employees (down from hundreds) were let go as part of a majority studio closure. The small group that remains will fulfil the company’s obligations to its board and partners. The statement from CEO Pete Hawley adds:
“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.”
Regarding what will happen with all of Telltale’s ongoing projects, including the recently announced Netflix collaboration with a “Stranger Things” game series, the studio said it will have “further comments regarding its product portfolio in the coming weeks”.
Telltale released the first episode of “The Walking Dead: The Final Season” in August with the second episode scheduled to arrive next week – if the rest of the season will release as planned is unclear.