The Walking Dead: The Final Season's creative director says Telltale was turning things around right before the studio was shuttered

A sorely-missed studio

The closure of Telltale was a shock to the industry and fans alike. Very few people saw the shuttering coming, and that goes for people within the studio's walls. Sadly, the years of mismanagement just couldn't be overcome, no matter how hard people tried.

In an interview with USGamer, The Walking Dead: The Final Season's creative director Kent Mudle said that Telltale was actually fixing a lot of the issues that killed it, but by the time the fixes came along, it was simply too late.

"The real tragedy of Telltale is it was turning around at the end. The bad air of Telltale is defined by overbearing management making everything sort of homogenized. There were several projects in development that were all about to be brand-new things that the creators really believed in. Telltale was good at the end. That's the most tragic thing."

Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season Concludes March 26th, 2019

Dead and loving it

Skybound Games released today a new trailer for the upcoming last episode of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON, titled TAKE US BACK. This highly anticipated ending will officially launch digitally on PC in the Epic Games Store, as well as on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, on Tuesday, March 26. Physical boxed editions of THE FINAL SEASON (containing all four episodes) will also arrive for consoles on March 26 and are available to pre-order now at major retailers.

It’s time for the end. After years of fighting to survive, Clementine is now leader of a community of lost children, and they’re depending on her to get them home safe. In the aftermath of an explosive mission, fire, chaos, the living and the dead all stand in her way. Can Clementine be the savior they need? Her story comes to a dramatic and heart-wrenching climax in this final episode. The night will be over soon…

Ep. 3 of 'Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season' Out Now

January 15, 2019 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – The third episode of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON, titled "BROKEN TOYS," is now available for purchase on PC in the Epic Games store, as well as for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One. Visit Skybound.com for more details, and view the latest trailer for "BROKEN TOYS" here.

After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be Clementine’s chance for a home in THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. Clem must build a life and become a leader while still watching over AJ, an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In EPISODE THREE: "BROKEN TOYS," Clementine is going to war. With the help of a strange new ally, she makes a final stand against a ghost from her past to save her kidnapped friends. All the while, AJ is watching her every move. "BROKEN TOYS" brings fans of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD one step closer to the gripping and emotional end to Clementine’s story.

Skybound Games, a division of Skybound Entertainment and the original creators of The Walking Dead comics, picked up development of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD after the closure of Telltale in late 2018. In order to finish the remaining two unreleased episodes for fans, original members of the development team, formerly of Telltale and now known as the #stillnotbitten team, joined forces with Skybound Games. "BROKEN TOYS" is the first episode to be released by this new team, under the Skybound Games banner.

“The developers who worked on TELLTALE'S THE WALKING DEAD while at Telltale and then agreed to sign on with us to finish it have done an outstanding job. We’re excited to share the continued journey of Clem with our very deserving fans,” said Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe.

The concluding fourth episode of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD: THE FINAL SEASON releases on March 26, 2019. Fans interested should stay tuned via Skybound Games’ Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as www.skybound.com.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season: Ep. 4 dated for March 26th, 2019

The Walking Dead: The Final Season's third episode is now available, and it's actually the reason we now know the release date of the fourth episode. The in-game menu for The Walking Dead: The Final Season has been updated, and as you can see above, it states Ep. 4 is set for release on March 26th, 2019. I don't think you can get anymore official than that!

The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Ep. 3 trailer, game due out Jan. 15th, 2019

While there was a short time where we all thought the series to be dead, those days have come and gone. We now know that The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Ep. 3 is set to release on Switch Jan. 15th, 2019. Above you can see the debut trailer for the episode.

Skybound Games shares an An update on the final season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead

Skybound has just put out an update on their continuation of Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Work on the series is indeed moving ahead, and multiple Telltale devs are involved. Check out the full statement below.

Thank you for your patience while we worked with Telltale to take control of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD. It’s been a ton of work logistically and legally to get us to a place where we’re able to roll up our sleeves and get to the actual work. After Telltale shut its doors, the game was, unfortunately, unable to be worked on and hence the release dates of Episodes 3 and 4 have been delayed. But, we’re excited to let you know that many of the talented, passionate team members who originally worked on the game are resuming development efforts today!

Soon, we will be announcing release dates for the two remaining episodes. It’s likely that previous seasons of the game may be unavailable to purchase for a few days as we transition—but don’t panic!—we’ll have everything back online ASAP. If you already purchased Season Four, you will NOT have to pay again; future episodes will be available to download as soon as they are released via your original point of purchase.

Please continue to check back here on our Skybound site for future updates on the game!

Skybound Games hopeful to release The Walking Dead: The Final Season - Ep. 3 before the year ends

Skybound Games’ CEO Ian Howe dropped in over at Reddit today for an AMA that focused on the company's work to wrap up The Walking Dead: The Final Season. The one question that kept coming up concerned the release the date Ep. 3 for The Final Season. Here's the answer Howe shared during the AMA.

“OK, given that you guys have been so supportive and patient, I’m going out on a limb and will say yes, I fully expect Episode 3 to be this year and I’ll be very disappointed if we can’t make that happen.”

Of course, Howe had a ton more to share about The Final Season in general. Here's some tidbits that were discussed.

- as of now, things are a bit tied up as far as legal matters go, which has halted production of Ep. 3
- Howe is confident that they will be able to work through these hurdles quickly
- there's not a ton of work left to do on Ep. 3
- Ep. 4 had only entered pre-production, so there's a lot of work to do on that episode
- Howe has been in contact with over 40 former Telltale devs, and they seem excited to get back to work on the game
- once legal matters are wrapped up, discussions with the ex-Telltale employees can progress further
- finishing this series alone isn’t enough if it isn’t finished by the staff that was originally working on it
- some former Telltale employees might already have new job offers, which is completely understandable
- Howe hopes the series will return to digital storefronts by the end of October
- many of the former Telltale employees are located out of the Bay Area in San Francisco while Skybound is in Los Angeles
- Skybound will likely find a space for the dev team to work out of that is convenient for them\

Skybound Games hosting The Walking Dead: The Final Season Reddit AMA on Wednesday

The situation surrounding Skybound Games' plan to finish up The Walking Dead: The Final Season after Telltale's closure has caused all kinds of confusion. It looks like Skybound is setting out to solve some of that. The dev team will be hosting a Reddit AMA this Wednesday at 2 PM PST in order to field questions and clear the air. I know I have a question or two I'd love to have answered!

Batman: The Enemy Within - more gameplay footage

In this latest chapter from the award-winning studio behind Batman - The Telltale Series, both Bruce Wayne and Batman will be forced into precarious new roles. The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions. Which of Batman’s new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?

Skybound Games will complete The Walking Dead: The Final Season with help from former Telltale devs

Looks like we have our answer about the future of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, and it's good news for fans. Walking Dead creator and Skybound founder Robert Kirkman confirmed the news at NY Comic-Con, and also said that he plans to bring on the original Telltale devs to help wrap the series up.

Thanks to Elfman13 and Andreslop24 for the heads up!


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