The saga of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead might be seeing a somewhat positive conclusion as Robert Kirkman has stated that Skybound will finish the currently unfinished episodes. The even better news is that Kirkman’s plan is to keep the original Telltale development team intact (if possible) for the completion.
“We’ve successfully negotiated with Telltale Games for our company Skybound to come in and see Season 4 of the Telltale game to completion,” Kirkman told an audience at New York Comic-Con Saturday night. “We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year.”
Skybound is the parent company of both Skybound Entertainment which covers developing Kirkman-related material into movies, TV shows, and other digital media and Skybound Games. While Skybound Entertainment has been around since 2010, Skybound Games is the newer subsidiary which specifically covers video game development.
As far as the completion of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, the outcome of the game was left in limbo after Telltale laid off most of its staff unexpectedly just days before “Episode 2” was released. With “Episode 3” near completion, word quickly surfaced that the troubled company was searching for ways to complete the game for those who purchased it.
Of course, this started to rub a large portion of the gaming community wrong. Many felt that as unfair as it was to have purchased a game and not be able to finish it, it was more unfair that Telltale was looking to complete the game without having paid severance to any of their employees they’d just let go.
If Skybound can assemble all or most of the previous Telltale development team, not only will it ensure the successful completion of the game given their knowledge and passion for the game but it will also give those former employees some breathing room and extra time to line up new jobs while they complete the game.
Personally, I’m stoked to see Skybound step up. If anyone has a vested interest