The lights have lastly gone out at Telltale Video games, as its closing few employees have now been axed too, as reported by Gamesindustry.biz. Over 90% of the corporate’s employees – round 250 – had been laid off without warning or severance barely two weeks in the past.
A skeleton crew of one other 25 was retained to finish contractually obligated work, which some took to imply the Minecraft: Story Mode adaptation for Netflix. Whether or not even that may occur is in query – in keeping with now ex-Telltaler Rachel Noel on Twitter, the previous couple of members have been laid off too, also without severance.
Heeeeyyyy keep in mind how there was going to be a skeleton crew staying on for some time and I used to be a part of it? Nah, jk, all of us simply obtained laid off, too.
— Retchel Necronoelicon (@anameformyself) October 4, 2018
From the sounds of Noel’s Tweet there and the shocked reactions, letting the ‘skeleton crew’ go so quickly seems like a shock determination, too. Regardless of Telltale management’s claim that they hope to complete The Strolling Lifeless: The Ultimate Season, that appears an more and more unlikely (and unpalatable) prospect after in the present day. Much more unlikely contemplating that last week, a former Telltale employee filed a class action lawsuit towards the studio, alleging that they’re in violation of California labour legal guidelines, and owe every one of many now 275-ish employees a full two months of again pay.
To date, there’s been no official phrase from Telltale, however after two weeks of this, I’d be stunned if there was. I solely converse for myself right here, however I wouldn’t need to pay cash for something with the Telltale title on except I knew that cash was going instantly into the pockets of the individuals who made it. There’s nonetheless an outdoor likelihood of that occuring for some Telltale of us, as reported by Kotaku yesterday, nameless sources outlined a plan to have The Strolling Lifeless completed by a third-party studio, who in flip would re-hire a few of Telltale’s expertise.
And on that observe, I simply need to say because of any former Telltale those who could be studying this. Your video games at all times meant loads to me, going way back to the (sadly by no means accomplished) Bone sequence that started in 2005. You proved that ‘episodic’ video games had been viable, and that journey video games didn’t should be all about fiddly stock interactions and obscure puzzles. Principally, you gave us loads of characters that had been straightforward to care about, because of refined little interactions and remembered element. Thanks for every part, Telltale people, and I hope issues work out someway.