Showing posts with label Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season. Show all posts
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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.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Telltale Games to Shut Down

Telltale Games planned for studio shutdown with huge layoffs and cancelling The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

The company that mostly built their reputation around producing episodic graphic adventure titles on licensed properties like Batman, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead series and The Wolf Among Us, Telltale Games has finally reached the end of the road.

After more than a decade of glorious run, the company has lain off majority of their 250 employees and intends to close down the studio. Apparently, the developer/publisher studio has been dealing with some troubles that they couldn't ultimately overcome.

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Telltale Games to Shut Down

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After reports of this event starts surfacing on web, the studio has posted a message on their official Twitter account to clarify everything that is going on there right now.



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Only a small team of 25 employees remained to fulfill their obligations to the board and partners, according to official statement. Rumor has it that, this sudden shut down is caused by the bankruptcy of the company.

CEO Pete Hawley also noted that even though Telltale Games have launched some of their best contents this year that has met with critical success. In most cases, that however didn't turn into actual sales and they eventually failed to thrive in the market.

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Telltale has launched The Walking Dead: The Final Season earlier with immense positive response, which marked the end of an era that started back in 2012 with The Walking Dead: Season One and garnered a massive fan-following.

On July 2017, Season 2 for The Wolf Among Us were announced and then on May 2018, it was delayed to 2019. Reportedly, the studio was developing an upcoming Stranger Things series after forming a partnership with Netflix. Fates of both of these titles are uncertain now.

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Telltale's Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us Cancelled

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A year and a half ago, Telltale co-founder Kevin Bruner also left the company on a saddened note where both he and the board of directors had very different visions of future, leading him to eventually leave when it laid off 25% of their employees last November.

Telltale still continued working on their projects on hand and now, none of those games will release ever. It is truly tragic for a company suffering from mismanagement and a lack of new ideas that once used to pursue crazy projects with success.

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The second episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season is due for September 25 and as report suggests, it will not be finished. Whatever left of the studio stuff will now work on the Netflix adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode.

Those who already paid the $19.99 price for the Season Pass of the game to receive the latter episodes upon release are due a refund and the Season Pass disc scheduled to come out on November 6 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will probably never see the light.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Official Trailer

Ahead of launch a few days later, Telltale Games drops an official trailer for Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season today.

We are only five days away from upcoming episodic adventure survival horror game Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season from releasing on August 14 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Since this one is the last installment from the series, developer/publisher Telltale Games are trying to take things to a scale that fans and players remembers. So, to bring Clementine's long-running story of surviving zombie-apocalypse is coming altogether in an official trailer released just now.

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Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Official Trailer

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Without revealing too much of the plot, the official trailer for Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season offers glimpses on what is at stake now.




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Paying respect to a character from early phase of the series, we are then shown a dark present where survivors are still trying to live against all odds and facing emotional crack in every turn. Looking back at past, where Telltale's Walking Dead begin its journey with Lee Everett and a young Clem from Atlanta, The Final Season marches ahead to the current events. A lot of Clementine's attitude towards complicated situations and tough-as-nails will to survive came from her mentor Lee.

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As she recalls her time with Lee around, her newfound friend Marlon of the Boarding School group tries to relate with her about losing loved ones. Everyone is living here safely despite facing some trouble occasionally but they all watch each other's back. When the gang shows skepticism about little AJ on whether or not he can take care of himself, he showed them that he is more than capable. Soon, their safe heaven is threatened and hordes of walkers invade their new home.

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Lee Everret Protected Clementine

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Episode one, Done Running will mark a journey to the end with Clementine and her young protégé AJ. There is a demo offering first 15 minutes of gameplay to take an early trip right now. You can still place your pre-order of Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season for only $19.99 on PS4, Steam and Xbox to get The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection for free as a bonus. It includes all three seasons with The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLC and spin-off title The Walking Dead: Michonne.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Import Game Saves with Telltale's Walking Dead Story Builder

Developer Telltale Games introduces a brand-new interactive browser-based tool Story Builder to reconstruct Clementine's story.

When Telltale Games launched their episodic adventure game Telltale's The Walking Dead back in 2012, the gameplay experience was all centered on the choices player used to make and facing consequences for their decisions. Throughout the latter seasons the formula remained the same but it is very much possible that those saved choices were gone over time when a new console generation came. Recently, a web-based interactive tool called "Story Builder" is introduced to bring those moments back.

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Import Game Saves with Telltale's Walking Dead Story Builder 

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The original game was released in a time of PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360 consoles, which then later expanded to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One eventually. So, it is very much understandable if you have just lost saved game progress along the way and so, the developer launched this browser-based mechanism where you go back to some of the impactful moments from the series to create a distinctive version of Clementine to import in The Final Season.

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Long Road Home

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When you are done forging your Clem, it is ready to be saved in the cloud using a Telltale Games account to access it later for The Final Season on their preferred platform. To catch up with series-defining moments and explore the roots once again, Telltale also offers you The Walking Dead Collection as a pre-order bonus on consoles if you happen to place your order before August 14, which includes all past three seasons, 400 Days DLC and the spin-off Michonne mini-series.

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Relive Those Harrowing Moments

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We would like to point out that importing the save file you created to the game is only limited to The Walking Dead: A New Frontier or The Walking Dead Collection. Also, importing saves are not cross-compatible between PS4 and Xbox One. However, both of these consoles will accept cloud saves from Android, iOS and PC. Therefore, saved progress from Season One or Season Two made in PS3 and Xbox 360 cannot be imported in any ways. For a detailed instruction, check out "Importing Saves Guide".

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Clementine Gets Brutal

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season is currently set to release on August 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, with an expected port on Nintendo Switch at some later time. Since we are less than two weeks away from launch, you better hurry up and use the Story Builder to get a Clementine reflecting your choices and get a downloadable poster based on your results. We tried our luck and find out our Clem is a brutal one, which is pretty normal and a required quality in a zombie-apocalypse survivor.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Free Demo

Telltale Games have released a free demo for Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season on consoles.

Based on popular monthly ongoing comic-book series from Image Comics by writer Robert Kirkman (Battle Pope, Haunt), episodic adventure game Telltale’s The Walking Dead has come a long way since 2012 and now almost nearing to a glorious end. Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season is about to release the first of intended four episodes on August 14 and developer Telltale Games decides to be generous by offering a free demo to experience on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Free Demo

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Of course, dedicated fans already knows how exhilarating and heart-pounding experience the franchise is known for delivering but because this is the last season and many newcomers want to join in, Telltale have arranged for this demo to enjoy a free ride to the first 15 minutes of journey into the post-apocalyptic world in the shoes of series protagonist Clementine and her young protégé Alvin Jr., who is simply called AJ. Even though relatively short, the demo can still instill shock in you.

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This free demo that you are allowed to try on console is basically the same experience of 15-minutes opening sequence walkthrough from episode one released a few days earlier, where along with AJ, Clementine goes out looking for supplies, only to come across a horde and an old threat from past during scavenging. Despite being quite short in length, it gives player a sound idea of how the newly introduced over-the-shoulder camera and unscripted combat system actually works in-game.

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Continuation of Clementine's Story

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It is true that Telltale Games' long-running episodic graphic adventure themed on survival horror element only got better with each installment but arguably, the original is still their best work. In terms of game-playing style and storytelling perspective, Telltale's Walking Dead has only evolved with time. Still using their same old graphics engine for the game, the studio promises to use it for the last time. Players on PC are now waiting for their turn with a free demo anytime soon.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Gameplay Demo

Telltale Games released a video showcasing 15 minutes of the in-game playthrough from Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season.

After releasing a teaser trailer for their critically acclaimed episodic interactive graphic adventure Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, developer Telltale Games promised to release pre-released gameplay footage soon. Clementine returns to the franchise once again as series protagonist to explore another adventure in a post-apocalyptic world and the newly released gameplay walkthrough has just depicted that masterfully.

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Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Gameplay Demo

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Before you begin watching the gameplay demo from episode one, we would like to warn you that it may contain some of the plot aspects of the game that can probably be considered as potential SPOILERS! So, proceed on your own risk.




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The playthrough opens up with Clementine and little AJ riding towards a location looking for food. In entrance, there is a bell and when she rang it, a walker comes out of nearby bush only to be killed. She asks AJ about how they should approach the house to test if he properly remembers his lessons. They entered inside to find a turned couple bound in chairs, leaving a note to be left alone. What simply was a supply run then turns into a quick time panic event within next few moments.

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Like always, Telltale's work in portraying this interactive survival horror drama in episodic manner was top-notch. Even when Clem and Alvin Jr. were just went out just scavenging for food; the tension in the atmosphere was felt. Also, the game has slightly redefined their art style for this newest installment and added some new over-the-shoulder camera angles. Although the series mostly being narrative-driven, changes in gameplay aspects hints for advanced combat system.

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Clementine and Her Protégé

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As hinted before in the first teaser trailer, she is not preparing Alvin to adapt but to survive alone when she is gone and the same can be noticed here too. Over the years, Clementine has evolved into a tough survivalist from a scared little girl through consequences. This indeed was a great run for an original video game adaptation based on popular Image Comics monthly ongoing comic-book series The Walking Dead by writer Robert Kirkman (Battle Pope, Haunt), which started on 2012.

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The first episode of Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season will debut on August 14 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Later in 2018, they plan on releasing a port version for Nintendo Switch as well. You can receive a 10 percent discount if you pre-order the complete season containing four episodes, which originally will cost you $19.99 only. As bonus you can get your hands on The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection, collecting last three seasons, spin-off game The Walking Dead: Michonne and The Walking Dead: 400 Days.