Skybound Games officially announced the revival of The Walking Dead: The Final Season after Telltale's sudden collapse thrust the last two episodes of the season into turmoil.
"Thank you for your patience while we worked with Telltale to take control of Telltale's The Walking Dead," Skybound Games writes today in a blog post. "It's been a ton of work logistically and legally to get us to a place where we're able to roll up our sleeves and get to the actual work."
Thank you all for your patience and support! We've got an important update regarding The Final Season of Telltale's #TheWalkingDead http://go.redirectingat.com?id=87431X1573192&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2F3cIpbkiUHA pic.twitter.com/DXth6TTzPr— Skybound Games (@skyboundgames) November 19, 2018
Telltale Games, who developed narrative adventure games based on popular IP like Batman, Game of Thrones, and Marvel comics suddenly laid off most of its staff in September.
It was originally reported that a skeleton crew would stay behind to finish the final season of The Walking Dead game which was two episodes away from completion. However, the crew was instead finishing work on Minecraft Story Mode for Netflix and the Walking Dead dev team was also laid off, essentially ending development on The Walking Dead at Telltale.
"After Telltale shut its doors, the game was, unfortunately, unable to be worked on and hence the release dates of Episodes 3 and 4," Skybound adds. "But, we're excited to let you know that many of the talented, passionate team members who originally worked on the game are resuming development efforts today[.]"
After Telltale's closure Skybound, which was started by The Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman, stepped in to try and save The Walking Dead and it appears it has succeeded. We know Skybound was in talks to get the original dev team from Telltale to complete The Walking Dead project. We don't know how many of them signed on with Skybound and whether this is on a contract-basis.
Skybound also addressed the recent removal of Telltale games from digital marketplaces saying that those games should reappear online "ASAP" presumably once the legal issue with the rights are resolved. Telltale is currently liquidating assets for closure.
When Telltale suddenly closed its doors in September the news left hundreds of game developers suddenly unemployed. One former employee filed a lawsuit against Telltale for breach of labor laws, suggesting the closure was more chaotic than Telltale reported.
Telltale has had a troubled history since the launch of the first The Walking Dead game when we reported the company operated under intense crunch. While the news at Skybound means that gamers who paid for the full season of The Walking Dead's final season will see their games completed, the saga of Telltale is just part of a larger conversation with crunch in the games industry.