The Telltale Games saga continues with news today that Skybound Games, the company owned by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, would pick up the mantle and finish the Final Season of the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead episodic story-driven narrative game. Early indications suggest Skybound will both finish up development and take on publishing duties.
Confirmation of this was made via a tweet from Skybound Games’ official Twitter account late yesterday. ‘We’re SO happy to announce that we’ve reached a deal with @telltalegames that will allow Skybound to continue #TheWalkingDead: The Final Season! Let’s wrap up Clem’s story right! More details to come soon’, it reads.
During The Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con in New York this weekend, Kirman explained he hoped to work in tandem with the team behind the already released episodes, though this was in not yet confirmed.
Over at IGN, a report suggests Skybound said the following in an official statement to the gaming outlet; ‘Skybound will work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story in a way the fans deserve.’ Should this come to fruition, the news strikes a positive note for a portion of the Telltale staff unceremoniously laid off last month with no notice or redundancy package.
We expect more news to surface relatively soon with further details as to how development will proceed and the fate of Telltale’s staff. For the moment, one thing is certain and that is Kirkman’s determination to release the remaining episodes 3 and 4 from The Final Season. As he succinctly puts it ‘We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year.’