On September 21st 2018 Telltale Games was hit with major layoffs, and almost its entire staff was laid off with little warning. Partially completed projects were cancelled and, in the months since, numerous Telltale games have been removed from sale on digital storefronts.
Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season was a project of particular note during the studio closure, because not only was it the culmination of the studio's breakout series, but many players had already paid for a full season of the half-finished game. The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman's media company, Skybound, announced that they would be finishing development on the final episodes of the season, and would be seeking to provide work exclusively to ex-Telltale employees where possible.
A new statement issued by Skybound tells us that active development on the game has resumed, and that a number of ex-Telltale staff have been brought on to finish the project they were responsible for starting.
It’s been a ton of work logistically and legally to get us to a place where we’re able to roll up our sleeves and get to the actual work. After Telltale shut its doors, the game was, unfortunately, unable to be worked on and hence the release dates of Episodes 3 and 4 have been delayed. But, we’re excited to let you know that many of the talented, passionate team members who originally worked on the game are resuming development efforts today!
According to the statement, new release dates for the remaining episodes will be announced soon, and reassurances have been made that anyone who has already purchased a season pass will get access to the final episodes once they are complete.
Lastly, the statement says there may be a couple of days where prior seasons of The Walking Dead become unavailable for purchase, but they will go back up for sale shortly after.
So Telltale's last project is back in development, albeit not at Telltale. Hopefully this will turn out as a fitting final act for a studio that was often at its best when working with the Walking Dead.