In the continuing saga of Telltale’s demise, a new development has unfolded in the story. Skybound Games has stepped forward to announce that a deal has been reached with Telltale Games to finish The Walking Dead: The Final Season. This come’s by way of an official Twitter announcement from Skybound. No details concerning the deal have been revealed at this time. But, according to the tweet, we’re sure to learn more in the coming days.
We’re SO happy to announce that we’ve reached a deal with @telltalegames that will allow Skybound to continue #TheWalkingDead: The Final Season! Let’s wrap up Clem’s story right! More details to come soon. pic.twitter.com/ShyREw65iq
— Skybound Games (@skyboundgames) October 7, 2018
The tragic state of Telltale Games
For those unaware, Telltale Games, the video game development studio behind story-driven hits such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales of the Borderlands, and Batman: The Telltale Series, had recently announced its closure due to a lack of funding. This announcement came in the wake of a major workforce reduction at the studio. Following the announcement, the unfinished final season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead series was hanging in the balance with only two episodes completed. At the time, many believed the fate of the season’s last half would fade with the studio.
However, just days ago Telltale announced that it was seeking a partner to help see the final season to completion. That search has, apparently, ended with the deal announced by Skybound Games. Funny enough, Skybound Entertainment was founded by Robert Kirkman, the creator and writer of The Walking Dead comic series that the Telltale games and the popular AMC shows are based on. Skybound Entertainment produces content in comics, film, tabletop games, and video games. For gaming specifically, the company created Skybound Games to develop mobile games such as The Walking Dead: Road to Survival.
What does this mean?
Those who forked over the cash for the season pass of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, may be able to rest easy given the news. This certainly appears to be a ray of light in an otherwise dark situation. Again, little is known about the circumstances. Perhaps, Skybound will develop the remainder of the season in-house. Or maybe it will simply provide the funding for Telltale hire back some of its staff to finish the game. This is all speculation, but we are sure to know more soon.
Does the prospect of seeing Clementine’s journey to the very end excite you? Or, do you, perhaps, hope similar treatment will be given to some of the studio’s other canceled projects? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!