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The Walking Dead studio Telltale hit with layoffs

Telltale Games, creators of episodic adventure games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman: The Enemy Within, laid off a large number of its staff. The company will retain a small team of around 25.

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Thatguy-31025d ago (Edited 25d ago )

Not surprised. The branching narrative experience that they made were always smoke and mirrors since a lot of the story stayed the same no matter the choices one makes through the game. They kept picking up different established IP's without properly giving them quality work time. For the most part they were making cash grab mediocre content that they expected to sale solely based off on the name alone.

-Foxtrot25d ago

Exactly

Shame. Maybe if they didn't rely so much on latching onto franchises which are popular thinking tthey'd make an easy buck on that alone while releasing game after game with the same old similar gameplay then maybe they could have evolved a little to survive.

What bugged me is they got an easy pass review wise, some of the things they'd call other games for they'd let go with TT games. The excuse is "well if it has an alright story"...AND? Triple A games like Bioshock or the Last of Us had fantastic stories and guess what? They had great gameplay and decent long replay value.

I remember Heavy Rain getting nitpicked a little in reviews yet something like the Walking Dead which did things worse then Heavy Rain ended up getting Game of the Year.

coolbeans25d ago

"I remember Heavy Rain getting nitpicked a little in reviews yet something like the Walking Dead which did things worse then Heavy Rain ended up getting Game of the Year."

1.) Heavy Rain came out in 2011, TWD: Season 1 came out 2012 so there's different levels of competition.

2.) Heavy Rain still received a great critical score and many accolades.

3.) TWD certainly didn't do narrative worse than Heavy Rain.

P_Bomb25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

Sad. I’ve finished many of their games, as early as 2011 all the way up to Batman:Enemy Within this year. Will grab the last season of TWD when it’s complete and on sale. Their gradual implosion truly sounds like the enemy was within. No matter what choices they made, the end was gonna be the same https://www.theverge.com/20... :(

coolbeans25d ago

Hmmm...

But I think it's fair to consider what they were going for by having a more "authored" narrative experience. The choices were focused on highlighting YOU, as the player-character, and testing your morals for a given situation instead of having huge consequences to the ending. I'm not saying they always established that well in their games, nor do I disagree with other parts of your comment, but I think there's a disregard for the intent of TT's design philosophy.

BioShockGX25d ago

Stranger things and the wolf among us 2 are canceled. RIP.

monkey60225d ago

Not just layoffs the studio seems to be confirmed to close down after the Walking Dead finishes up

thatguyhayat25d ago

Yeah this is officially the studios been closed. Im seeing on twitter devs wishing them the best and such

P_Bomb25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

Yeah the studio is gone. They’re only keeping 25 peeps to fulfill their obligations to the board and business partners who I presume to mean Sony, MS, Nintendo, Windows. The season passes are paid for. Once they’re in the clear, last one to leave turns out the lights.

Felix_Argyle_Catbro25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

From over 300 employees to 25. Telltale will close down after finishing their current projects.

ps3vita4life25d ago

Man that really sucks. As much as I feel that mistakes were made in their recent games, I can’t deny the important place they occupy in the games industry. I was really looking forward to Wolf among us 2. I hope everyone affected finds new jobs and is able to continue their style of storytelling in other games.

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