Telltale Games is filing for bankruptcy and finalizing the process of shutting down according to new reports. The news seems to signal the end of months, if not years, of trouble at the narrative-game company.
GameDaily reports that Sherwood Partners is handling the closure of Telltale Games and that Telltale is in the process of liquidation. This follows reports online from Twitter user @Nitomatta that several Telltale Games are being de-listed from Steam, including Back to the Future and Tales of Monkey Island.
Heads up: Several games by Telltale are starting to be delisted on Steam.This is the list so far pic.twitter.com/SSmIRK1nQv— Pixelbuster (@Nitomatta) November 14, 2018
This follows our report in September that Telltale was to close and that plans for a Stranger Things video game and The Wolf Among Us season 2 were cancelled. Similarly, The Walking Dead Final Season was cancelled as well before Telltale creator Robert Kirkman revived the game through his media company Skybound Entertainment. Our initial report also mentioned that bankruptcy was mentioned during the mass layoffs.
The mandated health benefits for ex-Telltale employees are also set to end November 30, something that several former Telltale employees worried about publicly following the layoffs.
Telltale Games has been suffering from internal issues for years, something we covered in a report in 2017 detailing the crunch culture that was demanded of employees. The sad saga following mass layoffs helped reinvigorate a conversation about the video game industry and ethical treatment of employees.