Skybound Games, who resuscitated The Walking Dead: The Final Season from near-death, announced today an exclusive partnership with Epic Games that will see all future episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season sold exclusively on the Epic Games Store.
The whole situation is a bit complicated as The Walking Dead final season was already available on other digital PC stores like Steam. So, what's going to happen is if players previously purchased the full final season of The Walking Dead on Steam, they will get the remaining episodes still on Steam. But for new players who haven't yet purchased The Walking Dead, they can only do so going forward on the Epic Games Store. This also only applies to PC purchases and not console purchases on Xbox and Playstation.
Telltale underwent a majority layoff back in September 2018 that saw most of the staff and developers let go in a rather unceremonious fashion. We reported at the time that a skeleton crew would be staying behind to finish outstanding Telltale projects, but that project was the Minecraft Story Mode for Netflix. The Final Season of The Walking Dead, which was only two episodes in at the time, was effectively cancelled. That is until The Walking Dead parent company Skybound stepped in to save the development and hire on most of the old dev team.
What's more it sounds like Epic was involved in The Walking Dead: The Final Season's revival in some capacity. "Epic stepped up to the plate immediately to work with us in order to bring back the original team back together and ensure fans will receive the completed season of Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season," said Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe and president of interactive Dan Murray in a joint statement.
Fans rejoiced to learn that The Walking Dead's final season was saved, but it'll be difficult to outrun the legacy of Telltale Games which famously employed harsh working conditions to release its games under a demanding schedule. The company is currently facing a lawsuit by an ex-employee claiming the company broke California labor laws.
The third episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, "Broken Toys" will be released on January 15, 2019.