Telltale Games is Coming Back, But It's Not Quite Whole

Telltale Games is Coming Back, But It's Not Quite Whole

Some of the properties, and employees who made them possible, are returning.

Telltale Games will live on, but not quite as it once was. LCG Entertainment has purchased "some" of Telltale's back catalog of licensed story-driven games, and will begin work on new games based on Telltale properties as well as new licenses.

In an interview with Polygon, new Telltale heads Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle confirmed the return of Telltale's properties, including The Wolf Among Us and Batman, as well as older Telltale games like Puzzle Agent. Ottilie says "some" workers from the original Telltale Games will be offered freelance roles, with full-time positions "possible" in the future.

While The Walking Dead rights have gone to Skybound and Stranger Things' rights have reverted to Netflix, Ottilie says the studio "definitely [wants] to continue some of the stories" of Telltale prior. Other licenses like Borderlands, Minecraft, Game of Thrones, and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy have yet to be announced. Publisher Athlon Games, who is also working with Amazon's Lord of the Rings MMO, is partnered with the new Telltale.

Ottilie says negotiations started six months ago and were "incredibly complex," though no purchase price has been disclosed. He says the studio plans to stay small over the next six months and work for more of a "distributed development pipeline" than Telltale previously had on its licensed narrative games. The new studio is also possibly looking to shake up the episodic model.

"We will probably keep the concept of episodes but with different pacing," Ottilie tells Polygon. "This is a different world, from a media consumption standpoint. We need to look at how people like to entertain themselves. I like the idea of binge watching."

Telltale Games shut down last year, and its games have been gradually delisted from digital storefronts as proceedings have carried on. While there isn't a sign of every property being rescued, or even all the folks who made them happen getting a job again, there's at least a smidgen of hope here that Telltale can return as a better version of itself.

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Eric Van Allen

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