Telltale staff might get hired to finish Walking Dead

Brenda Watkins
October 7, 2018

The company "made the hard decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges", resulting in the dismissal of a majority of the company's employees, leaving only 25 staffers to fulfill Telltale's remaining obligations.

Telltale Games, an American video game developer, released a statement on their Twitter account on Friday, Sept. 21, saying that they had let go a majority of their staff after a hard decision to begin a majority studio closure. "Nah, jk, we all just got laid off, too", Noel tweeted. For those that remained, reports state their goal was to work on the Minecraft: Story Mode project they had in place with Netflix. The sources say that the entire original development team being hired for the job would be ideal, but with former Telltale devs looking for new work the deal is very time-sensitive. From here we saw The Walking Dead being pulled from storefronts, a lawsuit from former employees, and a mass outpour of support from across the games industry.

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Telltale has yet to comment on the matter. That number of employees just went down, as more people were fired.

On September 21, 2018, Telltale Games abruptly laid off around 250 employees, even though the company was in the midst of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. While he has stressed points in the past that he likes to keep each of the mediums separate as to allow for slightly different stories to prosper, he played along for a moment. It said it was keeping a skeleton crew of 25 to "fulfill the company's obligations to its board and partners". After today's events, it's not clear how many of those 25 remain. As a result of this inability to complete the promised content, sales of The Walking Dead: The Final Season have been indefinitely halted across digital platforms. This came on the heels of previous layoffs and reports of a toxic work environment that included 100-hour work weeks and constant crunch.

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