You have probably already heard that the beloved Gaming Studio Telltale Games will be shutting down. These are not rumors anymore as the Studio themselves have confirmed the END.
So why is Telltale closing their doors?
The news was initially reported by Gamasutra that the high-profile studio that made ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ mainstream, Telltale Games is shutting down.
The news was further backed up by social media posts by other developers like Outerloop’s Chandana Ekanayake.
I'm hearing that @telltalegames shut down today. Sorry for all affected.
— Chandana Ekanayake (@Ekanaut) September 21, 2018
It was further reported that Telltale games will be laying off a big chunk of their workforce, and according to The Verge, the studio is set to bring down the total employees to 25 from 250. Yikes.
This news was later confirmed by the studio itself.
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018
The news certainly shocked a lot of people including fans of the super popular The Walking Dead series, where the final season was due to be launched on September 25th. Telltale has now confirmed that the 25 people remaining at the studio will be there to ensure the timely and smooth release of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.
Telltale Games has had its fair share of problems in the past as well where the studio laid off 90 employees last November. This time though it seems the staff was laid off without even a severance package.
As mentioned earlier, Telltale games brought ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ to the mainstream and spearheaded the episodic release movement with The Walking Dead. This was followed by some amazing titles such as the Bone games, Wallace and Gromit, Batman, Game of Thrones, The Wolf Among Us and even Minecraft.
With all these high profile titles, you would think a Gaming Studio will be thriving but unfortunately, that is not the reality for Telltale Games.
There were stories about Telltale upgrading their game engine after the release of the Final Season of The Waling Dead, based on recent talks with Netflix. Even though the former studio CEO was suing the company, it seemed like Telltale was on the mend. This news was certainly shocking, to say the least.
The #TelltaleJobs hashtag on Twitter is filling up with offers for the folks who lost their jobs. This is great news as we really hope that all these talented souls get snatched up as soon as possible, and we wish them all the very best.