Last year, Telltale Games laid off most of its staff and ceased production on The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Stranger Things, and The Wolf Among Us 2. In the months that followed, much of Telltale's library of games was pulled from digital stores, making it impossible for those interested to see check out some of the company's titles. LCG Entertainment purchased Telltale Games, and it has now confirmed that the studio is being reborn and will retain the rights to both The Wolf Among Us license and Batman.
This new version of Telltale Games is being run by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle. At least some laid off Telltale Games staff members are being offered freelance roles, with the possibility of them gaining full-time positions in the future. No projects have been confirmed at the time of this writing, but the new Telltale Games will start selling the company's library again, meaning many of the delisted Telltale games should be returning to digital storefronts at some point in the future.
There is an interest from the new Telltale Games to continue telling some of the stories that the original company didn't get to finish, which suggests that the canceled Wolf Among Us 2 could be revived. Some may recall that the Game of Thrones Telltale game left some unresolved plot lines as well, and while the status of the Game of Thrones license wasn't revealed, it would be nice to for fans to get some closure.
Some licenses will definitely not be returning to the new Telltale Games, including some of its biggest franchises. Since Skybound Entertainment now owns the rights to The Walking Dead, the new Telltale will not be getting it back. Additionally, the rights to make a Stranger Things game have reverted to Netflix, and it's unclear if a new deal will be hashed out.
In the meantime, the new owners of Telltale Games hope to avoid some of the mistakes made by the previous company, and have hinted at a new way to approach the Telltale formula. "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," Ottilie told Polygon. This could be an indication that games will be released when all the episodes are ready, as opposed to one episode coming out every few months like we saw with the old Telltale episodic model.
For fans of story-driven adventure games, it's no doubt exciting to see Telltale make a comeback under new leadership. At the very least, it will be nice for the delisted games to return to digital storefronts, whenever that may be.