Nearly two months after The Walking Dead: The Final Season was pulled from sale amid the shutdown of Telltale Games, some of the original team members have resumed work on the title.
Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment announced on Monday that development has begun again, with "many of the talented, passionate team members who originally worked on the game."
The news follows Kirkman's own pledge in October that Skybound had negotiated a deal with Telltale that would ensure the completion of the game. “We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year," he told the audience at New York Comic Con.
The Skybound statement acknowledged those negotiations, and the delays that come with them, noting, "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."
The company also addressed release dates, and assured fans that no one will be charged twice for episodes: "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."
Known for such episodic games at The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us and Minecraft: Story Mode, Telltale enacted widespread layoffs in September ahead of a complete shutdown of operations. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this month.