Telltale To Finish Walking Dead, Netflix Revives Stranger Things Project
Following the mass Telltale Games layoff, news has emerged regarding the future of The Walking Dead and Stranger Things projects - and it looks like they're here to stay.
Yesterday we reported on the closure of Telltale Games, where they sacked around 250 people last Friday without giving them "any kind of severance," according to an ex-employee.
To clarify some questions people have been asking (and keep in mind I am NOT a company rep)
- Around 250 people are jobless, not 225
- We did not get any kind of severance
- Our healthcare only lasts for one more week
- Many former employees were contract & can't get unemployment
- Emily Grace Buck plz hire TTG devs! (@emilybuckshot) September 22, 2018
Twitter users created #Telltalejobs with the hopes of finding employment for those affected, and the likes of Ubisoft and Blizzard stepped up to offer help.
Whilst Telltale are yet to comment on their treatment of employees, they did update fans on their Walking Dead series. Telltale revealed that "Multiple potential partners have stepped forward" to help see The Walking Dead's Final Season "through to completion."
"While we can't make any promises today, we are actively working towards a solution that will allow episodes 3 and 4 to be completed and released in some form. In the meantime, episode 2 will release tomorrow across all platforms as planned. We hope to have answers for your other questions soon."
Although fans are pleased that The Walking Dead should get the conclusion it deserves, many believe Telltale is putting games before developers - and some pretty big names have called them out, God of War director Cory Barlog for one.
I would hope this means that you will first pay your entire team their severance, and then proceed to finish the final episodes. I would be fine waiting however long it took to ensure we first treated those who worked so hard with the humanity and respect they deserve.:heart:
- Cory Barlog :video_game: :flag_white:️:rainbow: Should be writing! (@corybarlog) September 25, 2018
Telltale is yet to comment about the future of their Stranger Things project, which was being made in partnership with Netflix. Polygon reached out to Netflix regarding the situation, who said one game (for the streaming service) will be completed by the Telltale skeleton crew, whereas the other should be revived somewhere else.
"[Telltale] developed many great games in the past and left an indelible mark in the industry. Minecraft: Story Mode is still moving forward as planned. We are in the process of evaluating other options for bringing the Stranger Things universe to life in an interactive medium," Netflix said.
What do you think about this news? Do you agree with Telltale's approach? Are you happy that The Walking Dead and Stranger Things are safe? Let us know.
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