- “The Walking Dead: The Final Season” video game may be left unfinished due to layoffs at Telltale Games
- Since 2012, “The Walking Dead” players have been making their own choices in the story-driven, critically-acclaimed video game. “The Final Season,” which recently started, promised to finally wrap the story after so many years.
- “The Walking Dead: The Final Season” was sold as four playable episodes for $19.99 – but now episode 2, due out September 25th, will likely be the last.
Video game developer Telltale Games shocked the gaming industry when they laid off some 90 percent of their staff on September 21st, in anticipation of what appears to be a total shutdown of the company.
Known for narrative driven “choose your own adventure” games based on popular franchises, Telltale had enjoyed critical success with titles based on hit properties like “The Walking Dead,” “Batman,” and “Game of Thrones.”
The announcement was particularly surprising to fans of Telltale’s “The Walking Dead,” who were expecting a new entry into the series in just a few days. “The Walking Dead: The Final Season,” is the culmination of six years worth of storytelling, and players have been able to carry over their own personal decisions and story developments between four different releases in the series so far.
So, Telltale aren’t gonna be able to finish the final season of the walking dead, which is absolutely devastating, but more so for the fans who paid for 4 episodes and are only getting two, and a platinum trophy they’ll never earn too.
Bad deal for everyone.
— Liam Langan (@liam_langan) September 22, 2018
Each Telltale game has been released in a series of playable episodes that are about 2 hours each. Players can pay for a season pass in advance and play through all the episodes as they are available; they are usually released a month or two apart.
“The Walking Dead: The Final Season” was planned to be four episodes long and sold for $19.99, with the first episode being released on August 14 and the second due on September 25th. But with the sudden shuttering of Telltale’s operations, the ending that some players have been working towards for years may now be in jeopardy.
Telltale Games has not said whether it plans to release the final two episodes of the “Walking Dead” series, and, in the event that it doesn’t, whether it will offer refunds to customers. Some fans suggested they have gotten refunds, presumably through the third-party online content stores they bought the game through.
#Telltale I successfully got my refund for The Walking Dead Final Season. I paid for a full game, Not a half finished game. I'll happily buy it again if they ever finish it.
— Rei (@ReiiCakes) September 22, 2018
Still pretty pissed that irresponsible @telltalegames won't be releasing the last two episodes of The Walking Dead Game: The Final Season or refunding the $10 I paid for episodes that won't be released. Tomorrow's episode 2 will be bittersweet.
— Chris Davis (@ufakedeep) September 24, 2018
Not finishing clementines story what a waist of a final season for walking dead fans like me who paid a lot of money to get a conclusion that will never come thanks for getting are hopes up for nothing you should have not released the final season if you were not going to finish
— RYAN ELLIN (@ellin_ryan) September 24, 2018
In a statement on September 21st, Telltale Games confirmed that all but 25 members of its 250-person staff had been laid off. Melissa Hutchinson, the lead voice actress of “The Walking Dead” video game, posted a statement to Twitter sharing her fears that the final season would be left incomplete after episode two is released.
Hello friends. I am so very deeply moved by the messages of love that I, and the folks from @telltalegames have been receiving. Yesterday was one of the toughest days ever. A lot of hearts were broken, including mine. Please read the attached. #TelltaleJobs #Clementine #TWD pic.twitter.com/Fb68z86j8e
— Melissa Hutchison (@Melyhutch) September 22, 2018
Hutchinson played Clementine, a young African-American girl who comes of age in the zombie-infested world of “The Walking Dead.” Players shaped the personality an eight-year-old Clem with their in-game decisions as she grew into a powerful protagonist in her own right. After three full seasons of character development, Telltale promised a conclusion to Clementine’s story with “The Walking Dead: The Final Season.”
Now, gamers who paid $19.99 for the final season’s may be short changed for the third and fourth episodes, and fans who have invested their time in “The Walking Dead” game for the last six years may be left without closure.