Skybound Games has offered a first look at the new instalment of defunct studio Telltale Games' recently resuscitated The Walking Dead: The Final Season, and it seems like Clementine is in a reflective mood.
"No one knew what was happening; there was no warning. When we got the news, people cried, hugged, or stared blankly ahead. In the aftermath, people wondered what they would do without health insurance, what would happen with their work visas, what to tell their families. For me, it was a day of mind-numbing shock. The full weight of what had happened and what it meant going forward - not being in that office, not working with my team, not being on a project I'd spent over a year on - took weeks to sink in."
Involuntarily awake at 3AM, blearily scrolling through my Twitter feed, the news of Telltale's majority studio closure was a real heart-stopper, despite the multiple times similar news had already broken this year. Just like that, one moment a developer is there, then they're gone. This, coupled with more than one indie developer opening up about the obligation to turn their games into huge successes to keep their head above water, and several reports of unacceptable working conditions at large-scale studios, made it obvious that video game development is a volatile business, perhaps more than ever.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's company, Skybound Games, has confirmed that the next instalment of Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season will release on all platforms on 15th January, 2019.
Skybound picked up the rights to complete The Walking Dead: The Final Season after Telltale Games laid off the vast majority of its staff at the end of September. Despite assertions that it was retaining a skeleton team to keep some production going, they too were reportedly laid off just a few days later.
"We're extremely thankful to the team working on this game to make sure the season is finished with the quality the game and the fans deserve. We are #stillnotbitten," said Skybound's Johnny O'Dell via a blog update.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's company, Skybound Games, has confirmed it's picked up the rights to complete The Walking Dead: The Final Season.
Last week, Telltale Games laid off the vast majority of its staff, with those affected reportedly including the entire team working on the still-incomplete final season of The Walking Dead. In light of that news, it's unsurprising to learn that the game has now been removed from sale on digital stores.
When mass layoffs at Telltale Games were confirmed last week, questions remained about the fate of its currently ongoing final season of The Walking Dead, and whether it would reach its conclusion. The developer now says that it's "actively working towards" finishing remaining episodes.
Voice actor Melissa Hutchinson, who plays Telltale's The Walking Dead's Clementine, has posted a tribute to her TellTale colleagues after the studio confirmed it was closing down.
The final season of Telltale's The Walking Dead is working to its conclusion, and the six year adventure of Clementine is coming to an end. She has been a fan favourite from the start, and over the years we've seen her grow from a nervous first-grader to a mature young woman. Her character development is unprecedented in games and now, with the end to her story fast approaching, Clementine has taken her place among the great female protagonists.
Telltale Games feels midway through a transition period. Last year saw it gain a new CEO and shed a huge percentage of its workforce, as it slimmed down its ever-running factory line of episodic games.
In a bit of a first for episodic game developer Telltale, the company has revealed release dates for all four instalments of its latest, and final, season of The Walking Dead games.
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Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season launches on 14th August for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch edition set for later this year.