The Walking Dead: The Final Season’s fate has been up in the air ever since Telltale Games laid off almost its entire workforce and announced they were going out of business.
Telltale told fans recently they were looking to outsource the final episodes of The Final Season to another studio. Turns out they didn’t have to look for long. The creator of The Walking Dead comics, Robert Kirkman, will be taking over the project.
Kirkman’s studio Skybound Games, will finish the game’s last two episodes, in what is perhaps the most fitting possible solution to this crisis.
“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” Skybound Games tweeted Saturday.
“We’ve successfully negotiated with Telltale Games for our company Skybound to come in and see Season 4 of the Telltale game to completion,” Kirkman said during New York Comic Con last night. “We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year.”
Skybound has never produced games in-house before, instead partnering with other studios like Telltale and Overkill. According to Variety, the company plans to work with members of the Telltale team to finish the game though nothing is finalized at this point.
While this is undoubtedly good news for fans of the series, it doesn’t change the fact that Telltale fired almost its entire staff, gave them no severance and only a week before their healthcare benefits would run out. We see layoffs across this industry more frequently than we ought to, but this is a new low and a shameful, unacceptable end to a once-beloved studio.
Telltale and its games will be forever marred by this bad final chapter. But at least the game is getting made. Kudos to Kirkman for doing right by his fans.
Now we just need someone to take over AMC’s The Walking Dead. Netflix? Amazon? HBO? Anybody?
(Of course, I’m cautiously optimistic about Season 9 after watching the first three episodes, so there’s some hope. Rebellions are built on hope.)