Last week’s headline news of Telltale Games closing up shop and all but one project being cancelled left fans of The Walking Dead episodic series dismayed at lead protagonist Clementine’s story being cut short. In what must surely provide a modicum of consolation, Telltale have confirmed they are actively working on a solution to release the remaining two episodes of four from The Final Season.
As Telltale’s imminent closure shook the gaming world, hushed tones on the grapevine egged on by departing Telltale staff suggested The Walking Dead had been axed with only Episode 2 confirmed for release as planned, purely coincidentally, yesterday. Further backing this up was the laying off of the entire The Walking Dead Team. For all intents and purposes, the acclaimed series had come to an abrupt end.
However, late yesterday Telltale took to Twitter to deliver a message of hope:
‘Hi everyone, we have a Walking Dead update for you. Multiple potential partners have stepped forward to express interest in helping to see The Final Season through to completion. 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 will release tomorrow across all platforms as planned. We hope to have answers for your other questions soon.’
Though this does not presuppose any guarantees of Episodes 3 and 4 being finished and released – and Telltale are quite clear about this – it shows the remaining employees are eager to deliver and provide a fitting conclusion to the series. As for what shape ‘potential partners’ will take and how help will be delivered is an unknown, as is the ‘some form’ the episodes may take.
There’s hope and this is sufficient to dampen the rippling aftershocks of an unceremonious end to Telltale’s near-decade long dominance of the episodic narrative storytelling space. To round off The Walking Dead as was intended would be a bitter sweet, yet fitting conclusion to both Telltale and Clementine’s stories.