The story of Telltale's demise is a lengthy one. In September, the studio laid off over 200 staff after a difficult 12 month period where sales of their new titles were not enough to keep the studio afloat. The studio kept on 25 employees to work on a Minecraft animated series for Netflix, meaning the studio had abandoned The Walking Dead: The Final Season at its second episode, and had cancelled two other projects in the works. Later on, those 25 employees were also let go, lawsuits were filed, and The Final Season was delisted from the Microsoft Store, although it has since been passed on to Skybound so the project can see completion. Now, GameDaily.biz has learned that the studio is going through liquidation proceedings, but more worryingly, their titles are disappearing from Steam's store.
At the time of writing, no more of Telltale's titles have been delisted from Xbox 360, Xbox One or Windows 10, but with titles like Back to the Future and Tales of Monkey Island having already disappeared from Steam's store, we recommend you pick up any titles you want as soon as possible. The full list of titles that Telltale has developed and/or published that are available digitally is in the spoiler below.
Telltale is not going through bankruptcy proceedings. Instead, they're going through what is known as assignment proceedings, which is a similar but quicker process. Here, the company is trying to find people to purchase all of their assets so that they can raise enough money to pay their creditors without declaring themselves bankrupt. According to the paperwork, this includes "physical goods, trademarks, copyrights, software, and source code". A company called Sherwood Partners has been tasked with handling those ongoing efforts.
Meanwhile, developer Fun Labs' upcoming title Stranded Deep was left in limbo after Telltale hit trouble the week before they were due to publish their game. In an update earlier this week, the developer states that they're "attempting to secure rights to the console port, but there is no definite time frame yet". Hopefully they find a solution soon rather than their game becoming an unfortunate victim and living up to its name.
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