Despite sacking hundreds of staff, TellTale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be completed

By Matt Martin, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:26 GMT

Telltale games is in talks to ensure The Final Season of The Walking Dead will be completed.

Last Friday Telltale confirmed it had sacked 225 members of staff, blaming poor sales for the collapse of the studio. Now, prioritising the completion of the game over the welfare of hundreds of staff who were reportedly let go without severance has raised further questions about the running of the studio.

“Multiple potential partners have stepped forward to express interest in helping to see The Final Season through to completion,” said TellTale in a statement.

“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.”

While fans will be pleased they’ll find out the fate of Clementine and other beloved characters, many in the industry see TellTale as prioritising the players over staff welfare.

Quite simply, developers and their well-being should come before the game they’re making.

This poor treatment of TellTale’s staff is only a reflection of the wider problem, according to some developers, where players demands come at any cost and industry leaders are too quick to cave in to reactionary mobs.

Developers are not insignificant drones churning out content, and should not be treated as such.

While The Walking Dead The Final Season may make it to release, projects such as The Wolf Among Us are unlikely to continue, and this year TellTale was already cancelling unreleased projects such as a zombie project based on a video game license. Netflix has said it hopes to continue with its Stranger Things game.

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