Telltale Games Hit By Massive Layoffs Amid Speculation of Closure

Lawrence Kim
September 22, 2018

Telltale Games, the studio behind games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, appears to be closing its doors, according to social media posts from multiple developers previously employed at the company.

Speculation about layoffs and the possible closure of the studio began when freelance reporter Andrea Ayres tweeted the news that a developer friend had claimed Telltale was shutting down.

The company will retain a small team of around 25.

Beloved game studio Telltale Games went through a major downsizing.

This isn't the first time there have been layoffs at Telltale, but the previous year only saw 25% of staff cut. The official statement was released via the company's Twitter account.

Telltale will issue further comments regarding its product portfolio in the coming weeks.

Bruner is no longer working for the studio, but he cites very different visions between him and the company's Board of Directors.

According to the CEO Pete Hawley, the team has ran out of time and despite some awesome reviews for its latest games, these games did not sale well across the board.

Bruner continued, "Today, I'm mostly saddened for the people who are losing their jobs at a studio they love. And I'm also saddened at the loss of a studio that green-lit insane ideas that no one else would consider", he writes.

And while it's easy to pull a Grandma and blame everything on the internet, it seems that the popularity of "let's play" videos and streams featuring Telltale's narrative-focused games could be part of the problem. According to US Gamer, 25 staff will remain as a skeleton crew to finish off Season 4 of The Walking Dead, with the other 225 staff members cast into unemployment.

Telltale Games has won critical praise for titles like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, but that was not enough to keep the lights on. I've reached out to Telltale for more information and will update when I receive a reply. "Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. While I look forward to those games and new developments, and continuing to contribute, I will always find "A Telltale Game" to have been a unique offering".

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