Telltale Games is Being Revived by LCG Entertainment

By Heidi Nicholas,
After entering into assignment proceedings last year, Telltale is officially back, as reported via an interview on Polygon.

The Wolf Among Us, one of Telltale's most popular games

Telltale Games was the company behind many iconic episodic narrative-driven games, such as The Walking Dead and BATMAN. Despite the popularity of many of their games, Telltale went into assignment proceedings last year. Telltale's problem seemed to be a matter of overstretching; they'd taken on many new projects, which unfortunately didn't scale with their timeline or sales. In a statement, Telltale stated that the closure was due to "an incredibly difficult year" and "insurmountable challenges". They'd had to cancel projects and lay off many of their employees. Now, LCG Entertainment are relaunching Telltale, having bought its assets and back-catalog rights to licensed properties. As per Telltale's website, The Wolf Among Us and both Batman games are still available on the Microsoft Store; we've yet to hear more regarding the rest of the back catalogue.

The revitalised Telltale is led by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle. Telltale had previously produced many games, and Ottilie confirmed that there are "some other expired licences" they were looking at. He also mentioned that whilst they're "still evaluating", they "definitely want to continue some of the stories". It doesn't seem as though The Walking Dead or Stranger Things will be continued, however; as stated in Polygon, Skybound has the licence for the first, whilst the right to the latter belongs to Netflix.

Telltale's new plan is "to stay small over the next six months and... work for more of a distributed development pipeline than Telltale was known for”. It seems that Telltale's original episodic style will be remembered, however, as Ottilie states they "will probably keep the concept of episodes but with different pacing... We need to look at how people like to entertain themselves. I like the idea of binge watching.” What's more, the original staff of Telltale may yet have the opportunity to come back. Ottilie mentions the possibility of hiring previous employees into freelance roles, with perhaps one day the option of future full-time positions.

“I like games that tell stories", Ottilie said. "I think our industry should have a company that specializes in narrative-driven games.” It seems as though the relaunched Telltale will have all the hopefulness of a new venture, whilst maintaining the philosophy which made Telltale's original games so unique.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!