After the shuttering of Telltale Games on September 21, 2018, many fans were dismayed with the discontinuation of many narrative driven stories they had grown to love over the years. But it’s making a comeback.
Polygon reports that Telltale Games company assets have been bought by LCG Entertainment, with future endeavors lead by Brian Waddle and Jamie Ottilie. The purchase has retained distribution rights for The Wolf Among Us, Batman and other Telltale Original games. The Walking Dead will not make a return as Skybound Entertainment still holds the rights. Currently, the state of Tales From the Borderlands, Minecraft, Game Of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy licenses are unknown.
Polygon quotes Ottilie as saying:
“This is a viable business that went away due to market conditions and some scale choices (Telltale management) made, I like games that tell stories and I think our industry should have a company that specializes in narrative-driven games.”
Additionally, he spoke in regards to Telltales Episodic release model, scale and it’s legacy.
“We’re going to stay small over the next six months and we will work for more of a distributed development pipeline than Telltale was known for, we’ll focus on tools, technology and design in-house. Some things like animation and motion capture will be done with the right partnerships externally.”
“We will probably keep the concept of episodes but with different pacing. This is a different world, from a media consumption standpoint. We need to look at how people like to entertain themselves. I like the idea of binge watching.”
“They brought me some of my favorite stories to play and they did an amazing job building a company. It’s unfortunate the way that it ended. Certainly we’re working very hard not to make similar mistakes.”Jamie Ottilie to Polygon
In any event, some original employees will be offered freelance roles with full employment a future possibility. Maybe we can finally see a long overdue sequel to The Wolf Among Us, maybe they’ll do something entirely new. Only time will tell.