Telltale’s The Walking Dead has seen its fate go through many twists and turns as of late, especially in regards to the game’s development team.
After Telltale’s The Walking Dead was seemingly canceled, the company decided to shop around for another studio to take up the development and production of the last two episodes of the game’s final season. Since then, the game’s final season was taken off of digital storefronts, spelling a certain doom for the narrative adventure.
Fans were understandably upset by not only the news that they might never get to see the ending of Clem’s story, but also that over 250 employees were let go without severance in the process.
Then, it was announced that Skybound Entertainment would be taking over the reigns. While it is a small glimmer of hope, it seems as though Skybound will be able to take on at least some of the original team behind Telltale’s The Walking Dead.
In speaking with Variety, Dan Murray, the president of Skybound Entertainment, had the following to say about bringing back the original staff:
“We are doing our best to take care of the people. Our intent is to work with the original team but there are a lot of moving parts. I don’t want to get into the specifics around the deal itself, but I will say this: We are doing everything we can to do right by the people making the game. There’s not a huge upside for the corporate entity of Telltale Games.”
This is a patchwork job, as Murray went on to explain: “That’s the process we are in: Save the game for the fans and provide at least a runway to the team as we finish off the game.” While Murray admits that “bringing on a whole team is a big initiative and something we weren’t prepared for,” the bigger question at hand is deciding the how, what, and where of the final two episodes of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.
Whether it’s temporary contract work or even a full-time position for some of the laid-off Telltale employees, the clock is ticking on the jobless staffs’ lives, making a quick and effective move here vital.