Telltale has laid off most of its staff, with only a skeleton crew of 25 employees remaining at the studio.
Telltale Studios made perhaps some of the most critically acclaimed games in the past decade. Their story-heavy, choice-based games were highly acclaimed. The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us were two of their most well-known games which were genre-defining. But sadly, the tale of Telltale Studios has come to an end.
The studio has been hit by a crisis. In an announcement on Twitter, they said:
“Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges,” the message reads. “A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.”
Telltale CEO, Pete Howley issued a statement saying:
It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.’
The studio will release further comments on their current portfolio in the coming weeks. But according to GameInformer and USGamer, anonymous sources have told them that The Walking Dead: Final Season will not be completed. They also report that the skeleton crew of 25 employees is working with Netflix for the Minecraft: Story Mode adaptation which will be released later in the fall this year.
It is heartbreaking to see such an amazing studio closing its doors. The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us were innovative in their designs and storytelling. Despite the acclaim, Telltale Studios’ recent projects failed to gain a commercial footing.