Telltale Games is shutting down following mass layoffs.
First CV then TT, shame
It's sad, but not surprising. The reality is they where taking on too much and the quality was dropping on all their games. On top of that, all of their games ran terrible. They where so eager to pump out content that they didnt fix their core issues. This made people move away from them. What they originally did with The Walking Dead was moving and powerful. Then they rushed to released sub par content. Had they just kept to a few titles while constantly increasing the quality of their products they would still be successful.
They ran all of their games on the same engine..an overhaul was needed.
This is truly sad news.
A sad day in gaming indeed
Hope they profited for the good games they did put out. Also hope there's a good market for talented game developers and artists out there
Considering the video game industry is bigger than the movie and music business I don't think that's a problem.
It's sad but I expected it after the whole mess with the leadership, bad sales and none of the other games matching the quality of TWD S1/TWAU it was bound to happen. I can remember something from every episode of TWD S1/TWAU but I can barely remember anything other than the ending for the other games.
Awful stuff. If only they made something original and tried to survive within something built up from scratch while trying to evolve the genre. 10 years of the exact same stuff...I mean if you don't evolve and stand still then unfortunately these things will happen.
Yup, they got comfortable with a one-trick-pony, and that bubble burst. They should have diversified their portfolio sooner.
Perhaps but they were offering something that others were not. I think they kept thinking that the next concept will sell more than it actually managed. So they kept at it. There was nothing bad about their games imo
@storm Besides their God awful engine that couldn't even hold a steady 30fps for a barely interactive movie.
honestly, I'm somewhat surprised they've lasted this long. While I have Batman I've yet to play it. And even that I bought because it was like $10 @amazon Black Friday '16 but all episodes weren't even available at the time of purchase so I shelved it. Thing is w/o even having played their titles it seems like they definitely did a great job with the IPs they worked on. But you're right, after so long of developing games that all have the same artistic design and play.... while we certainly don't know the financials and whether they could have even come up with something new, were just focused on the status quo or what not it's definitely sad to see them shut down. Hopefully the talented developers find a good home and can work on some great projects. Be a shame to see their talent wasted at the wrong studio.
I got batman with psplus it's really good, quite short but definitely worth playing.
I feel like they might have had contracts for multiple Walking Dead games as well, but interest in that property in general has completely tanked. The show was incredibly popular when they started making them. It's a shame, the first Walking Dead game and Wolf Among Us were some very great gaming experiences for me.
After The wolf among us the point-and-click story game novelty seemed to worn off. I heard Borderlands and Batman were good tho. Sad indeed. They got really good writers
The Wolf Among Us was a fun game. Too bad the sequel that TT promised will probably never see the light of day now.
THQ Nordic will probably pick it up when you look at their track-record.
@Zabatsu2 I hope somebody does. It was definitely one of those games I personally just played start to finish and lost track of time doing so.
Batman was awesome. Shame, I would have wished for a sequel to Enemy Within.
Batman was awesome. Best Batman story every. As good as the tv show Gotham, quality of story wise.
Tales from the Borderlands was their best game imo. It sadly did not sell well.
The humorous writing in that one was fantastic.
Batman was one of their worse ones tbh terrible performance and bad recreation of the characters. Almost as bad as Gotham.
Twau and Borderlands were my favorites from them. Waa excited hearing they had more Wolf on the way, and now I'm sad knowing I won't get a continuation of either.
Damn it, after so many years they Finally announce The Wolf Among Us 2 and now this.
I was looking forward to the sequel because the first Wolf was a big surprise for me. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. This is truly sad news that I didn't see coming.
So I guess we're not getting a season 2 of Tales From The Borderlands? :(
That's hard to take. Hopefully Borderlands 3 makes the Tales characters significant enough where we won't necessarily need it.
It was already not going to happen long before this. The details are fuzzy, but I think it had something to do with a conflict between Gearbox and Telltale after Gearbox became a publisher.
I know, but I still naively held out hope that they'd work something out, lol. Far and away my favorite Telltale game. The writing and voice acting was phenomenal.
What ?!?!? I thought they were doing good with all the games they have been pushing
Sony or Microsoft should aquire them.
I rather Square-enix than Sony/M$ as they will bring it to multi console instead of one.
@RedDevils yeah, because THAT worked out so well for Deus Ex and Tomb Raider! these games are a mess in one way or another.
That makes no sense from a business perspective. Telltale actually owns no IP, their engine is mediocre and their management a disaster. The only valuable thing is their work force, which will be hired by other companies.
Seems like bad management, they made a lot of games. Too bad
Internal combustion + not enough sales since the new CEO took over to put out the fire. You’ve heard of industry crunch time? The massive overworked underpaid treadmill that developers run on right before a game releases? Now apply that to every episode of every game TT was working on. As someone there said, “everything was always on fire” and “9 women can’t make a baby in one month.” Read this article. Fascinating timeline discography/eulogy of the ups and downs leading to this moment https://www.theverge.com/20...
Thanks for that link. I can't understand why TT games would even require crunch. I mean the games are not very demanding from a technical point of view. What would have happened if they decided to make a full open world RPG then? But what do I know abut game development.
good read. so it all came down to their greed! being overambitious is not good especially when your company is a one trick pony! why can't they just be like Insomniac? so composed and dedicated and so very successful! was it because they were once the king in the genre (the founders were from LucasArt) and can't stand not being at the top and swimming in money?
They stretched themselves too thin
Crazy, they seem to be pumping out games to a lot of critical acclaim. I wonder if underneath all that these games just weren't selling enough? It sure did seem like they were doing great with the many know IPs they kept getting.
thing is, people, get tired of basically the same game with a different coat of paint. I've finished Batman I got from PS+, but I don't have the desire to play TWD and TFBorderlands also in my PS+ backlog as they are too little amount of "play" in their games!
I think what did not help them was trying to release to many games at the same time instead of releasing all episodes of one game then going on to the next they tried to do two different games at the same time I cant remember which ones they were now & doing that with only 300 odd people that is quite a difficult thing to do also sticking to the same genre as well did not help.
The Wolf Among Us and Batman were epic. Borderlands was good, as were the Same and Max Games. Also very sad to see that no sequel to Strong Bad will ever come out. Probably one of my all time favorite adventure games.
What? weren't they drowning in cash?
Boy, what a surprise...
Maybe make an actual game next time.
Oh man very sorry to hear this. Plus no wolf season 2
Man what the hell
Too many games at once, very little innovation, same buggy engine for 10 years, etc. When you keep pumping out games and refuse to listen to your customers this is what happens. It's sad they're losing their jobs, but they brought this on themselves.
Ehh, no. The management brought it on them. The devs themselves can only do whatever management enables them to do.
Sad. I enjoyed the first couple of walking dead games but the wolf among us was their masterpiece. They simply bit off more they can chew. When you branch out across 85 franchises pushing the same scenarios you are going to get this result. It’s the corporate board EA model, milk it for what it’s worth and then put it on the shelf. It’s not the hungry Wolf among Us Telltale. They died 5 franchises ago from saturation. They could have supported a small studio somewhere pushing the quality of their first few games or even some original content. They were ambitious and I don’t blame them, too ambitious but good run. 👍
Wow I had no clue they were doing so poorly. Sad to hear that sales were low despite favorable reviews. Only good news is from another article: "Reports state once Telltale finishes up with the last episode of The Walking Dead Season: The Final Season, it will close it doors." I would seriously rage if I don't get to finish the story of clem. Will keep fingers crossed till the last episode actually releases.
The Wolf Among Us S2 NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Holy crap wow
I'm going to grab as many as I can from the Microsoft Store to play on my Surface Go...their games are perfect for light weight gaming on the go. Sorry to see them go, I enjoyed many of their games.
I liked their games, but putting it on disc and still requiring a download was why I never bought their games past the wolf among us. Too bad.
Yeah, that always bugged me. The first episode would be on disc, then you'd have to download the rest later. They had some complete versions for some of their games, but they never really got the notion of physical releases should have all the content available.
WTF??????? So.....what will happen with The Walking Dead Final Season and possibly Wolf Among Us 2? Wow this pretty much came out of nowhere. I wonder why they were struggling. Very curious to hear what challenges they faced within the studio.
another article: "Reports state once Telltale finishes up with the last episode of The Walking Dead Season: The Final Season, it will close it doors." Wolf 2 is cancelled.
Yet another third party single player game studio shuts down. Eventually gamers will clue in that they have to buy single player games new rather than used in order for these studios to stick around.
oops wrong reply
Or make good single player games that are worth buying new. Come on, TellTale was never known for quality.
True no games were 10/10's but very few developers and publishers get that. Their games were mostly 70's - 80's which deserve sales. A couple in the high 60's. Certainly no reason that gamers should not have supported them continuing.
So....walking dead the final season...no go? Canned also?