In a shocking turn of events, Telltale Games swiftly laid off the majority of its staff. Following this move, the closure of the studio has been announced. Read the full statement from the company below:
Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. 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. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement:
“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.”
Telltale will issue further comments regarding its product portfolio in the coming weeks.
The skeleton crew of 25 employees will be working to fulfill the studio’s obligation to Netflix for the Minecraft Story Mode project. USgamer shared on Twitter that The Walking Dead: The Final Season will end following Episode 2. While the studio stated that it will comment on other current and future products in the coming weeks, it is heavily rumored that the sequel to The Wolf Among Us and Stranger Things, among other projects, will not come to fruition.
A supportive community
This news marks the end of an era as Telltale Games has surely left a permanent mark on the video games industry. The studio was known for crafting story-centric games where the player engaged in decision-making and quick-time events (QTEs) in order to advance the narrative in the way the player saw fit. Early on, this model was revolutionary in the space of storytelling in video games.
In light of this sad development, the video games industry is doing what it does best by taking care of its own and offering a supporting hand to the employees affected. Seeing this outpouring of support for the fabled studio is the silver lining in an otherwise sad situation. Many studios have reached out over social media with jobs available for those affected.
— Ubisoft SF (@UbisoftStudioSF) September 21, 2018
Oh man, that sucks to hear about another studio closure. I love the work they did on TWD and Wolf Among Us. @SonySantaMonica has many different positions so please feel free to get in contact with us! #TelltaleJobs
Thank you to all the devs there!??https://t.co/tz94h3QMt2
— Cory Barlog ? #Raising Kratos (@corybarlog) September 21, 2018
To those affected by recent studio closures, We have open positions across multiple disciplines. We would love to hear from you.https://t.co/G9tvnSkQQQ
— Guerrilla Jobs (@guerrilla_jobs) September 22, 2018
To everyone affected, connect with our recruiters and check our openings. And thank you. The entertainment you've given us over the years has been incredible and is a testament to your collective talent and passion. Hang in there, thinking of you! ?#telltalejobs #gaming #gamedev https://t.co/bKylgjL1HC
— Life at Blizzard (@LifeatBlizzard) September 21, 2018
Telltale Games has left behind a legacy that impacted many gamers. What are your favorite Telltale Games moments? Was there a particular title that you adored most? Let us know in the comments below.