In one of the sadder moments of 2018, Telltale, the developers behind The Walking Dead & The Wolf Among Us, shut its doors. This left the fourth season of their seminal franchise unfinished & many developers out of a job. Almost a year has passed, but the hole it left in the industry has yet to be filled. Those who have mourned the loss of the developer now have cause for celebration, because Telltale is back. A new company by the name of LCG Entertainment has purchased the rights to several of Telltales IP’s & intends to revive the studio.
LCG is made up of game industry veterans & headed by Jamie Ottilie & Brian Waddle, who now own the back catalog rights to Batman: The Telltale Series, The Wolf Among Us & Puzzle Agent. In an interview with Polygon, Ottilie commented on the fall of Telltale, saying:
This is a viable business that went away due to market conditions and some scale choices (Telltale’s previous management) made. I like games that tell stories and I think our industry should have a company that specialises in narrative-driven games.
This is exciting news for any fan of narrative based games, but keep in mind that LCG doesn’t have the rights to The Walking Dead; many of Telltale’s IP’s may have also been snapped up by their original owners. Despite this, money talks & if Telltale managed to prove that licences like Game of Thrones & Guardians Of The Galaxy were safe in their hands, I don’t see why this revived studio can’t do it again.
Ottilie is keen to keep the episodic format of previous titles, but also intends to give the format a different style of pacing, mentioning his fondness for binge-watching. On the business side, LCG will offer some freelance roles to ex-Telltale employees, with the possibility of full-time positions in the future.
Good news isn’t always in limitless supply these days, but this is just good news all around. If you’ve yet to play Telltale’s The Walking Dead then you’re in luck; The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series releases for PS4 & Xbox One on September 10th & is available for pre-order.