Telltale studios have released a follow up statement, entirely addressing the situation regarding the final season of their acclaimed The Walking Dead video game series.
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 24, 2018
The statement may have made many fans happy at an attempt to finish the beloved series, however, many have criticised Telltale for prioritising the game series over their former employees. This comes after the studio was accused of not giving their almost 250 employees severance pay; and by only informing them of the studios closure the same day as the dismissals. Telltale have also come under fire after hiring new people as recently as last week, even though the management knew of the situation. Many new employees were forced to move near by to the studios location, only to be let go a week later.
The second episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ releases today, but whether it will be the last is yet to be seen. If Telltale manage to find an alternative for completing this series, fans should keep in mind that it is most likely that none of the old writers will return.
The first statement regarding the closure is below, check out all the details regarding the situation here, including responses from employees and other gaming companies.
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018
Cory Barlog (Sony Santa Monica; God of War) and many others have commented on this new statement. Barlog talks about the situation regarding the employees and believes Telltale should focus on them before finishing the final episodes. A sentiment that many people, whether fans or people within the industry, may rightfully agree with.
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.❤️
— Cory Barlog 🎮 🏳️🌈 Should be writing! (@corybarlog) September 25, 2018
In other news, Netflix are also looking for alternatives for their planned Stranger Thing game, previously being made by Telltale. They have stated that they are actively looking for a new option and still plan on producing the game. The statement from Netflix to Polygon states: “We are in the process of evaluating other options for bringing the Stranger Things universe to life in an interactive medium.”
We will keep you updated if the situation progresses. If you want to help, spread awareness using the #Telltalejobs to companies on Twitter, and other social media sites.
By Jimmy Ioannou
Images provided by Telltale Studios