After six and a half heart wrenching years of following Clementine and her companions (not to mention the 400 Days survivors), Telltale Games announced the studio’s majority closure, much to the surprise of many fans. The episodic The Walking Dead game has not met its end yet though, it seems. Skybound Games, a division of Skybound Entertainment which creates The Walking Dead comics, was announced on October 6 to be taking over the final season of the game to “wrap up Clem’s story right!”
While rumors run rampant that Skybound Games may be employing some of the original developers, there seems to be a belief that at least some of the team from the game is going to Skybound to finish the season. “We’re going to do right by you (and also for ourselves because WE want to play it too!),” announced Robert Kirkman when the deal to take on the fourth season was released.
As of September 21, Telltale had let go of over 200 employees, only maintaining a core team of about 25 staff to finish out some of the projects in progress. The estimated 90% loss in staffing occurred after a major investor backed out, rumored to be Lionsgate. Soon after, two other financing companies withdrew also. This decision effectively cancelled The Wolf Among Us: Season Two, Game of Thrones: Season Two, and a Stranger Things game that was still in development. Although The Walking Dead has been salvaged, there is still no announcement regarding these other three Telltale projects.