Telltale Games Hit With Massive Layoffs and Closure

22 Septembre, 2018, 20:56 | Auteur: Christine Menetries

It's just about the end of the road for episodic gaming studio Telltale Games: the outfit is laying off 225 of its 250 staff, and looks to be canceling most of the titles it had in the pipeline. The remaining 25 employees will be focused on meeting "contractual obligations" focused on an adaption of Minecraft Story Mode as part of Netflix's Choose Your Adventure lineup.

Not long thereafter, Netflix evidently amended their statement to Variety so that rather than specifically mentioning studio closure, it instead opens: "We are saddened by the news about Telltale Games".

Telltale closed its statement by saying that further information and details on the studio's slate of current and previously-announced projects will be provided "in the coming weeks".

According to the CEO Pete Hawley, the team has ran out of time and despite some fantastic reviews for its latest games, these games did not sale well across the board.

On behalf of everyone at VGR, we wish nothing but the best for everyone affected by the layoffs.

Following yesterday's news of Telltale Games' impending closure, reports have surfaced claiming that the remainder of The Walking Dead's final season has been cancelled. "With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry".

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While Telltale has yet to deliver a formal confirmation of the reports, employees have taken to social media to verify the layoffs.

Aside from that, they had officially announced a Season 2 for The Wolf Among Us and were working on the final season of The Walking Dead. The second episode, "Suffer the Children", is scheduled to appear on all three platforms on September 25, 2018. Earlier this summer, former CEO Kevin Bruner sued Telltale over his ousting. Back in November, the studio laid off 90 employees as rumors circulated of a toxic work environment.

"I'm also saddened at the loss of a studio that green-lit insane ideas that no one else would consider", he wrote.

Telltale used its signature narrative-led format for some of the biggest intellectual properties in popular culture, including Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Mr Robot (along with Oxenfree developer Night School) and of course The Walking Dead.

The Verge reports that only 25 people are now left at the studio.

"I know that Telltale will be remembered fondly for what it has done best".

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