In September last year, news broke that Telltale Games, who worked on comic properties like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us (inspired by the Vertigo series Fables), Guardians of the Galaxy and even Batman, was closing down. Employees were given very little warning, and countless people lost their jobs, health insurance, and were left with mental health issues that may never properly heal. There was some positive news after the Telltale closure when Skybound Entertainment, the owners of The Walking Dead IP, brought back former Telltale staff to finish the final season of the series to close out the story of Clementine, but for those hoping to see a promised season two of The Wolf Among Us or more of the excellent Batman series, all hope was seemingly lost.
Until now, it seems.
A company called LCG Entertainment has purchased the assets of Telltale and even some of its IP, including Batman, The Wolf Among Us, and Telltale’s original properties like Puzzle Agent. Deals are still being worked out for Borderlands, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and others, while The Walking Dead has reverted back to Skybound. Prior to closing, a game based on Netflix’s Stranger Things was in production, however those rights also have since gone back to Netflix.
Telltale 2.0 will be ran by Jamie Ottlie, who worked mostly in the mobile game space, and Brian Waddle, previously of Havok. Most importantly though, former Telltale employees will be given freelance job with the hopes of turning those into full-time positions.
“This is a viable business that went away due to market conditions and some scale choices [Telltale’s previous management] made,” said Ottlie speaking to website Polygon. “I like games that tell stories and I think our industry should have a company that specializes in narrative-driven games.”
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This news has been met with a negative reaction by former Telltale staff, including Caroline Liddick, now at Limited Run Games. While I’ve always been one to play and write about Telltale’s work, it’s important to remember that just because these brands could come back in some form, it’s in a way that’s like the Whisperers in The Walking Dead, that is someone wearing the face of someone that is already dead. The piece from Polygon mentions that former Telltale staff would be offered freelance positions, but according to people like Caroline, no one she knew from the company was extended this offer. Ultimately I would like to apologize about this piece, as I didn’t stop to think about how this news affected those who suffered deeply last September, and came from a place of enthusiasm of being able to see these stories continue.