Showing posts with label Telltale Games. Show all posts
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Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Walking Dead: A Fatal Frontier Reportedly in Works

A leaker on Reddit reveals details of alleged The Walking Dead: A Fatal Frontier by reformed Telltale Games.

Halfway though development of episodic adventure title The Walking Dead: The Final Season, developer/publisher Telltale Games were shut down in 2018 and Skybound Entertainment took over to complete Clementine's journey.

Right after their assets were acquired by LCG Entertainment in August 2019, a leaker with ties to reformed Telltale Games recently claims Season 5 of The Walking Dead series titled The Walking Dead: A Fatal Frontier is in works.

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The Walking Dead: A Fatal Frontier Reportedly in Works

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An alleged Telltale insider on Reddit has posted about Tales from the Borderlands Redux lately that is going to be revealed soon. Same leaker also stated that a tech demo for The Wolf Among Us 2 will be premiered via Summer Game Fest.

The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season despite wrapping everything up in its fourth and The Final Season. Its subtitle "A Fatal Frontier" may eventually change, which will take cues from events of Season Three: A New Frontier.

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Although the game will be on same length on past releases, TWD will not continue its episodic format and will move to survival horror genre. There are enough dialogue choices but they won't be focused entirely on narrative direction.

Clementine's former companion and second playable character Javier Garcia from Season Three will make his return. Community of Richmond, Virginia has fallen and almost everything else from "A New Frontier" is scrapped except for Javier.

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Every survivor that has somehow managed to live until this point since Season Three will all die when falls. Kenny is joining as a returning character, implying developers will force retconning him into story regardless of past choices.

Given how he was shot earlier in one choice and never put down to prevent reanimation, his return is not completely impossible. Kenny and Javier will even cross paths at some point when both of them are out looking for Clementine.

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Former members of New Frontier group were apparently behind the fall of Richmond are now after Javier and Kenny. In terms of gameplay, A Fatal Frontier took primary inspiration from games like Resident Evil and The Evil Within 2.

IP for The Walking Dead currently belongs to Skybound following a sudden closure of Telltale Games back in 2018. LCG Entertainment bought all company assets of Telltale and maybe preparing to make a comeback through "A Fatal Frontier".

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Whether or not Skybound Entertainment is interested to explore further into TWD universe is still unclear. Since there is no concrete evidence of any of these alleged leaks to be true, fans would be wise to take everything with a grain of salt.

If information from this leak turns out to be true then Skybound is probably breaking usual episodic nature of Telltale Games titles. The Walking Dead: A Fatal Frontier is rumored to debut at PC Game Show as Epic Games Store-exclusive.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Telltale Batman Shadows Edition Out On PC and Xbox One

Batman: The Telltale Series gets an all-new makeover in Telltale Batman Shadows Edition re-release for PC and Xbox One.

In its original release, point-and-click episodic graphic adventure game Batman: The Telltale Series had a successful run for two seasons until developer/publisher Telltale Games shut down in 2018 and some of its IPs were acquired by Athlon Games.

Telltale is reformed by LCG Entertainment, Inc. now and has announced a collection bundle titled Telltale Batman Shadows Edition earlier, which is currently out for PC via Epic Games Store and Steam as well as on Xbox One platform.

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Telltale Batman Shadows Edition Out On PC and Xbox One

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Shadows Edition is a noir-style take on already dark tone of The Dark Knight mythology explored throughout Batman: The Telltale Series and a grim version of that fictional world is thrown into shades of black and white.

All 10 exciting episodes from two narrative-driven seasons of storied Telltale's Batman series are enhanced with remastered textures to deliver the definitive adventures of Caped Crussader in an ominous new look for re-release.

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Noir-Style Makeover

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Rather than going for a simple use of desaturation process, a group of former Telltale artists were tasked to work on lights, textures and vfx elements to provide a gritty makeover to for fans to experience these stories from a new perspective.

Therefore, some elements are left in shadows and some remained in color to highlight certain key-moments and plot themes. This reworked iteration of Batman series lets you to relive the game in a way that is different than original version.

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Players who already own both games from Batman: The Telltale Series can simply upgrade to Shadows Mode by purchasing it as standalone DLC pack and you should own at least one episode of the game to use this add-on content.

Right now, PC version of Shadows Edition is priced $11.99 on Epic Games Store and $14.96 on Steam at 25% discount. There was plan for a Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 version release as well, which will be launched in near future.

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Sinister New Gotham

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It is time for fans to revisit Gotham City and to witness the evolution of Joker from time as an inmate named "John Doe" in Arkham Asylum to finally become clown prince of crime while come across many other classic characters.

Telltale Batman Shadows Edition takes you in for a twisted journey of Bruce Wayne in two episodic installments; Batman: The Telltale Series and Batman: The Enemy Within that you can either play through in black and white or in original color.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season PC Version Will Be Exclusive to Epic Games Store

The two remaining episodes of Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season will be exclusive on PC to Epic Games Store.

After picking up the pieces from the ruins of Telltale Games, Skybound Games got back at the development of episode three of episodic survival horror adventure Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season in November and scheduled the release date for January 15, 2019.

Then developer of massively popular game Fortnite, Epic Games have launched their own digital storefront with a relatively small lineup and now, the final two episodes of the acclaimed series will be available exclusively on Epic Games Store for PC.

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Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Exclusive to Epic Games Store

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One of the shocking events in the gaming industry this year was probably when we learned about developer/publisher Telltale Games is shutting down after laying off majority of their workforce, which also meant that many of our beloved series will never see light.

Around that time, Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season was halfway in development. However, The Walking Dead comic-book creator Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible) announced at New York Comic Con 2018 that his company Skybound Games will complete the remaining episodes.

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Skybound took responsibility of the final two episodes and brought in the original developers who previously worked on the series to complete the project. Epic Games came forward to help putting the original team back together to give fans what they want.

Now that Epic has become the exclusive platform to serve the third and fourth episode of the game on PC, it is not going to be available in other storefronts like Humble Store or Steam anymore unlike the previous seasons.

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If anyone has already purchased the Season Pass for PC version of the game then they won't have to move to Epic's marketplace. Regardless of their chosen storefront, the players will receive access to the concluding chapters anyway.

Below is a Q&A video starring the voice actor of Clementine, Melissa Hutchison with detailed FAQ on the new sales exclusivity.




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In a rapid-fire fashion, Hutchison let fans know that the previously downloaded versions of all three seasons will still be playable and choices can be carried over to The Final Season as long as you can retrieve them locally or have a cloud save on Telltale.

When they will be able to arrange sales for physical copies, the news will be shared on their social handles for fans to know. In time, they will also announce the launch date for the season on Android and iOS devices as well.

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They way Telltale Games have closed its door on their employees was really a dick move. Plus, we will probably never see another season of Batman: The Telltale Series, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series and The Wolf Among Us, because no one is working on them.

Skybound Games stepping up to ensure a proper sendoff to the series and give a deserving conclusion to Clementine was truly commendable. Similarly, Epic Games Store made a smart move by partnering up is this initiative through their digital distribution platform.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode Three Release Date

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season will be returning next month with episode three, from Skybound Games.

When Telltale Games announced to shut down back in September, the future of Telltale's Walking Dead along with few of their fan-favorite titles became uncertain but then Skybound Games came forward to finish Clementine's story during the zombie apocalypse.

By the time they released the second episode, the studio was in a sudden near-closure but Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible)'s production company took over the Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season project and start working on the remaining episodes from last month.

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Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode Three Release Date

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Currently scheduled for a release window of January 15, 2019, Skybound Games released a new trailer for upcoming third episode of the game titled "Broken Toys".




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The trailer starts with a voice over from Lee Everett, the guardian angel who found little Clem and protected her from all odds as long as he could. Then she reflects on how she made it this far and now is in the same position of Lee, taking care of young AJ.

After surviving on the road for a while, Clem and AJ finally finds an abandoned schoolhouse where they met with a group of other kids but got kicked out later. In the last episode, Suffer the Children, she reunites with Lilly from season one and with that, her fight for survival continues.

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After starting their journey back in 2012 with season one, Telltale's Walking Dead as set a new standard for zombie games within the gaming community where players choices mattered and the developers went on to release three more seasons.

Players have witnessed the young girl becoming a toughened survivor in a post-apocalyptic world over the three season's period where she grew up, created bonds, took some heart-breaking decisions and now her story has finally come to an end.

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Although no one is ready yet to say goodbye to Clementine, we still are heading towards an inevitable series finale. Last month, major Telltale Games titles were removed from Steam even though it remained on GOG, PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace.

Skybound assured that previous seasons and new episodes are back on "almost" all platforms and by the launch of episode 3, the rest will be fixed as well. Those who already bought the entire season of The Walking Dead: The Final Season in advance will also get access to the upcoming episodes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Telltale Games Removed From Steam

Telltale Games is in the process of shutting down as titles like Back to the Future and The Walking Dead are being removed from Steam.

Back in September, developer/publisher studio Telltale Games officially declared that they are officially going out of business after firing off majority of their stuff and retaining a small team of only 25 employees to finish the pending projects.

As of now, several of their renowned titles like episodic adventure series Back to the Future: The Game, Jurassic Park: The Game, Monkey Island and Telltale's The Walking Dead are removed from Valve's digital storefront Steam and not available for sale anymore.

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Telltale Games Removed From Steam

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Even though delisted from Steam, those who already own the game can download from library and play them if they want. Besides, they are still present on other platforms like GOG, PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace.

Another distribution platform Humble Bundle is still selling The Walking Dead: Season One, The Walking Dead: Season Two, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier and The Walking Dead: Michonne spin-off from the survival horror graphic adventure franchise.

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Although the entirety of series is taken out from Steam, The Walking Dead: The Final Season is not off the racks yet. In October, the studio made a deal with series creator Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible) and his company Skybound Entertainment to complete Clementine's story on a deserving note.

Other popular franchise like Batman: The Telltale Series, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series and Tales from the Borderlands are still up there. It is visibly quite apparent that the entire Telltale catalog will be removed soon.

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Telltale Games is currently looking for parties to gain enough money for their assets through assignment proceedings in association with Sherwood Partners, so that they could pay any creditors before completely shutting down.

The studio is currently in a situation similar to bankruptcy and they were by sued by a former employee. A class-action lawsuit was filed against the company in the federal court of San Francisco for violating labor laws of California.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Skybound Will Complete Telltale's Walking Dead

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season will be released from Robert Kirkman's Skybound Games and will see to completion.

Only two weeks ago, we came to know that developer/publisher Telltale Games decided to close down with majority of their workforce has been laid off. A small team of 25 employees remained to complete Minecraft: Story Mode adaptation for Netflix.

This clearly put the fate of Telltale’s The Walking Dead game series, which already released episode one of fourth season in jeopardy. Telltale stated that interested partners are coming forward to help finish the project but it wasn't officially finalized until now.

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Skybound Will Complete Telltale's Walking Dead

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Today, Skybound Entertainment has announced on Twitter about coming to an agreement with Telltale to see through the completion of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.



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At New York City Comic Con, Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible), creator of The Walking Dead comic-book series has revealed that his company Skybound will take over the final episodes of the critically-acclaimed game after successfully negotiating with the developers.

Apparently, they have taken ownership of Telltale’s Walking Dead to complete Season 4 and about to work with the original members of the team who actually worked on the game to deliver a deserving ending to Clem’s story but this has not been confirmed yet.

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Robert Kirkman on Telltale’s The Walking Dead

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Kirkman also stated the following to fans of the series at The Walking Dead panel of NYCC 2018, regarding their current plan with the situation.

Just stay tuned. Everybody involved is trying to make sure Clementine's story is told. It's a very unfortunate situation, but hopefully we will come out of it in some kind of positive way. I am not concerned at the moment with having to tell the story in comic book form because I'm hoping that the games will eventually be completed.

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Although Skybound Games has never really used any in-house developers before on any co-created projects after launching a new game publishing division, they are making an exception in this case just to finish a fan-favorite series based on their licensed property and give it a closure by ending Clementine's story.

After Telltale effectively going out of business by firing a huge number of their employees, ending of the franchise became uncertain with many upcoming projects got cancelled and a lawsuit was filed against the company for breaking labor laws.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Telltale Games Sued for Breaking Labor Laws

Former Telltale Games employee files lawsuit against the company for violating California’s state labor laws.

Last week, we came to know that video game developer/publisher Telltale Games is going out of business and this tragic event hit everyone pretty hard; especially the 250 employees they have laid off without any prior notice or any form of severance for their relentless services.

What comes after this shocking news is that one of their former employees, who got laid off during this closure event decided to sue the company in a class-action lawsuit for violating labor laws of California.

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Telltale Games Sued for Breaking Labor Laws

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This Monday, Vernie Roberts have submitted the lawsuit in the federal court of San Francisco on behalf of himself and his fellow workers who got laid-off. He said, the employees were fired without a proper cause or any advance written notice in the complaint, violating the WARN Act.

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, formed back in 1988 requires a company having at least 100 full-time workers to be notified 60 days in advance in case of a closure event or a mass layoff.

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By "mass layoff" it defines, a cutback of 50 or more employees, that has to be at least one-third of the entire workforce within a 30-day period. However, the state-level version of WARN Act in California established in 2003, requires more strict conditions but still requires an advance notice of 60 days.

Since Telltale had a total of around 275 workers and redacted 250 of them, their number is more than a mere one-third. They were denied of any severance except health benefits until the end of month.

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Filed on September 24, 2018, the class-action lawsuit against Telltale Games by Vernie Roberts Jr. is below for you to take a look at the full complaint.



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Defying the WARN Act by attempting studio closure or a mass layoff without 60 days' advance notice can cause a company to deal with major financial penalties. Instead of paying fines, they are to pay benefits and salaries to the ones affected for each day of the violation period.

Apparently, Telltale didn't follow the procedure and if the applicant wins the lawsuit, then Telltale would have to provide salary and benefits to all of those 275 employees for 60 days following their termination period.

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The studio is currently working with only 25 employees to complete their Minecraft: Story Mode interactive adaption for Netflix. Other planned projects like Stranger Things game and The Wolf Among Us 2 eventually got cancelled when they planned their closure.

Fate of their ongoing project The Walking Dead: The Final Season also became somewhat uncertain after that announcement but they are trying to complete that with help from third parties except for paying their former workers.

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When they announced to complete the final two episodes of Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season on Twitter, fans was quick to point out on social media that they need to do something about those 250 employees laid off recently aside from finishing Clementine's unfinished tale.

Game director Cory Barlog of God of War was one of the first to comment about paying up the former team their severance. Many other fans and even a former Telltale member Job Stauffer came forward concerning this issue.




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Telltale has released no official statement on the matter about whether or not they are planning to offer any sort of compensation to those 250 former staffs or provide opportunity of working on The Final Season if they get to finish it with help from partners.

This rises for a need to form a union of industry workers to deal with those unpaid long hours and one-sided contracts. Ultimately, these folks will carry this bitter experience for their life and will make them rethink to come back to video game industry.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Telltale May Finish The Walking Dead After All

Telltale’s The Walking Dead might have a chance to see The Final Season of its long-running series.

Although developer/publisher Telltale Games has worked on games like Batman, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, they made a reputation for their critically acclaimed episodic adventure game series Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

Entire fan-base of the series was shocked a few days back when they announced to shut down studio and abandon The Final Season with only one episode released. Today, a new Tweet from their official account has raised new hope to a possible closure.

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Telltale May Finish The Walking Dead After All

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The statement Telltale has released is not a solid promise but apparently, several of their partners have come forward to help finish the project.



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The Walking Dead under Telltale found a new home and a unique direction from comics or television series in 2012. The series thrived with critical success and three back to back seasons were published throughout the upcoming years, continuing the success.

2018 was set for the narrative to come to a conclusion in fourth season but this untimely tragic event puts a full stop in everything, which leaves Clementine's fate uncertain. So far, only the first episode has been released on August 14.

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Second episode is scheduled to launch on September 25 and it will come out on all available platforms as planned within due time. Rest of the two episodes could eventually become a reality only if all interested partners they have will come forward but there are no promises to hold on to.

However, there are still some anticipated titles that will probably never see the light of day. The Wolf Among Us Season 2 got cancelled as well as a Netflix produced game on TV series Stranger Things, even though the latter is still interested.

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Closure for Clementine

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When the official announcement for the company to stop their venture initially came into public, everyone was deeply saddened by the bad news but nothing comes close to the 250 employees, who lost their job without a notice or having been paid for their severance.

As a follow-up to Telltale’s statement, many have come forward in support for those who made these games possible including 2018's God of War game director Cory Barlog, asking to pay up for their due first.