Although Telltale Games pulled The Walking Dead: The Final Season from sale following news that the studio had laid off most of its staff, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is optimistic that series protagonist Clementine’s story will be finished.
“Just stay tuned, everyone involved is trying to make sure the Clementine storyline is finished,” Kirkman said during a Q&A at New York Comic Con. “I’m [not as worried about fitting into the comic] because I’m hoping the games will eventually be completed.”
Exactly how the series could end up getting completed is unknown at this time. However, Telltale Games mentioned there were “multiple potential partners” interested in “helping to see The Final Season through to completion,” so there’s a chance another studio may step in to complete work on the series.
Telltale Games launched in 2004 when a group of LucasArts employees formed their own company. The studio first got into the licensed gaming business with a game based on the TV series, CSI, but Telltale Games was really put on to the map when it released its 2012 licensed The Walking Dead game.
There have been a number of troubling reports about Telltale Games in recent years. There were claims of a negative work environment tied to forcing its employees to work under “crunch conditions” (meaning working 20 hour days or 100 hour work weeks). In March of 2017, Kevin Bruner, CEO of the company and one of its co-founders, left the company and later filed a lawsuit against Telltale Games. In November of 2017, the company fired 90 employees. Following the most recent round of layoffs, a former employee has filed a class action lawsuit against the company.
The second episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season released on Sept. 25. There is currently no set release date for any subsequent entries in the series.
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