UPDATE (09/21/2018 5:35 p.m. ET): Telltale Games has tweeted out a statement with regards to the downsizing and eventual closure of the studio.
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018
Reportedly keeping a staff of just 25 employees to finish off the just released The Walking Dead: The Final Season of which three chapters remain, the layoffs follow last year’s downsizing by the company.
In addition, reports indicate that future projects like The Wolf Among Us 2 and a Stranger Things project have both been cancelled.
Kevin Bruner, co-founder of Telltale Games, left the company over a year and a half ago posted his thoughts about the layoffs and supposed upcoming closure of the studio.
“Today, I’m mostly saddened for the people who are losing their jobs at a studio they love,” wrote Bruner. “And I’m also saddened at the loss of a studio that green-lit crazy ideas that no one else would consider. I’m comforted a bit knowing there are now so many new talented people and studios creating games in the evolving narrative genre. While I look forward to those games and new developments, and continuing to contribute, I will always find ‘A Telltale Game’ to have been a unique offering.”
The layoffs are seemingly confirmed as some former Telltale Games employees hit Twitter with the news that they were now out of work.
Hey, is anyone looking for an empathetic, kind Narrative Designer/Game Designer/ Writer for full time or contact work?
Asking for me. I don’t have a job any more.
— Emily Grace Buck (@emilybuckshot) September 21, 2018
There is no word as of yet as to what will become of Telltale Publishing, the company’s publishing arm that has published recently released games like RGX Showdown and Stranded Deep for consoles.
Personally, I’ve always enjoyed the Telltale Games episodic adventures mostly due to the outstanding storylines and narrative they offered up. Here’s hoping someone comes along to fill that void…
What do you think about the reports that Telltale Games has massively downsized, cancelled future projects, and is likely to close down entirely? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: The Verge Source: Bruner House
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