UPDATE: Skybound Games, the gaming division of Skybound Entertainment, a multiplatform entertainment company founded by Robert Kirkman, has announced it'll be finishing up development of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.
Kirkman is the original creator of The Walking Dead comics, so it's in about as safe a pair of hands as you can get. "We’re SO happy to announce that we’ve reached a deal with @telltalegames that will allow Skybound to continue #TheWalkingDead: The Final Season! Let's wrap up Clem’s story right!" tweeted Skybound. "More details to come soon."
For Kirkman, the disastrous circumstances surrounding Telltale's closure, the laying off of hundreds of employees, and the cancellation of The Final Season, all likely contributed to a perceived damaging of The Walking Dead brand, and this presents a nice opportunity for the series to end on a high note.
"We've successfully negotiated with Telltale Games for our company Skybound to come in and see Season 4 of the Telltale game to completion,” said Kirkman.
In terms of what this means for Telltale's former staff, Skybound has said in a statement that it is planning to work with members of the original Telltale team. It's unclear just how many of the 275+ staff laid off this entails, but it's a nice gesture all the same.
"Skybound will work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story in a way the fans deserve", said Skybound. "Skybound will continue to update fans on the status of the game on Skybound.com, Twitter, and Facebook."
Original Story: 25-Sep-2018 - Telltale Says It's 'Working on a Solution' to Finish The Walking Dead: The Final Season
In a fairly rank turn of events, Telltale Games has issued a statement claiming it could work with several potential partners in an effort to complete the final episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. The news follows a round of mass layoffs at Telltale before the weekend, with roughly 285 Telltale staff let go with immediate effect and no sign of severance pay.
Which all kind of left The Walking Dead: The Final Season in a state of limbo. The conclusion to Clementine’s epic four-season journey hitting a game-ending snag just days before the release of the second episodic, with two more episodes in the pipeline. Since then though, Telltale has released a statement confirming its intent to finish TWD: The Final Season.
“Hi everyone, we have a Walking Dead update for you. Multiple potential partners have stepped forward to express interest in helping to see The Final Season through to completion,” wrote Telltale Games on Twitter. “While we can't make any promises today, we are actively working towards a solution that will allow episodes 3 and 4 to be completed and released in some form. In the meantime, episode 2 will release tomorrow across all platforms as planned. We hope to have answers for your other questions soon.”
Rather than see the job through with the current staff, Telltale execs appear to be more interested in hammering out a deal with another team. Some of these staff moved cross country to work for the studio; some only joined a week ago. All of them have been left without jobs with no warning. For those 285 people, it’s probably pretty galling that Telltale would abandon them and move on, bringing in new members to finish the job.
God of War director Cory Barlog stepped in and owned Telltale with his reply, saying “I would hope this means that you will first pay your entire team their severance, and then proceed to finish the final episodes. I would be fine waiting however long it took to ensure we first treated those who worked so hard with the humanity and respect they deserve.”
Obviously fans who’ve bought The Final Season of The Walking Dead deserve a resolution though, whether that’s in the form of a finished game or a full refund. The product they’ve paid for hasn’t been delivered. Finishing the season would be a satisfactory conclusion to this sorry tale, but there are right and wrong ways to go about these things. There’s a major issue of mismanagement here though, and Telltale’s statement isn’t exactly winning the studio any sympathy.
What are your thoughts on how the finale to The Walking Dead should be resolved? If you’ve bought the season, would you prefer a refund, or would you be comfortable to see a new team come in and try to finish the job? Let us know below!