Telltale Games Has Shut Down Majority Of Studio, The End Of An EraSeptember 22, 2018
USGamer reported yesterday that the iconic game development studio Telltale has shut down the majority of its studios and cancelled the upcoming The Wolf Among Us 2, Stranger Things, and The Walking Dead Finale games. This is a major shock and disappointment to fans and industry, considering Telltale filled a large hole in the gaming world with their incredibly well make story driven games.
Telltale released the following official statement:
Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement:
“It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”
Telltale will issue further comments regarding its product portfolio in the coming weeks.
This all came about after the large layoff in 2017 of 90 employees, and talks of the high pressure and demanding environment that the remaining devs were in to push out the games as fast as possible even though there were problems with the engine itself.
Overall though this is a major loss and their contribution to story driven content will not be forgotten. Thanks for the hits, and we hope to see something positive come out of this in the end.