The sudden closure of Telltale Games came alongside the company’s firing of most of its staff, and it’s left questions in its wake – among them, what’s to become of the final season of The Walking Dead, the studio’s tentpole series? Now, series creator Robert Kirkman says he’s hiring Telltale’s Walking Dead team on to finish the adventure series.
At New York Comic Con this weekend, Kirkman told an audience that his company Skybound has negotiated with Telltale Games to take over development of The Walking Dead and see it through to completion. He said Skybound will hire on developers from Telltale’s Walking Dead team in order to see the project through to completion.
“We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year,” Kirkman quipped, as Variety reports.
The notice that the final season of The Walking Dead will actually see the light of day may be reassuring to fans, but it’s probably cold comfort to the more than 250 employees Telltale laid off at the end of last month with no notice or severance.
One of them, in fact, has filed a class action lawsuit against Telltale in U.S. federal court, alleging that Telltale violated American and California labor laws when it fired the bulk of its staff without warning in late September.
Variety reports that the layoffs and studio closure came days after Telltale met with AMC and South Korean games publisher Smilegate for an investment deal. The deal was Telltale’s last hope to keep the studio afloat, but the companies walked away, and as we’ve seen, Telltale went belly up.
Kirkman did not specify how many former Telltale employees will be hired on to complete The Walking Dead’s final season.
Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead comics series, says his company Skybound will work with former Telltale developers who had been working on The Walking Dead in order to complete the final season. A company spokesperson told Variety that the hope is to keep the original Telltale team intact.