A few months have passed since Telltale Games shocked the gaming industry when it laid off the majority of its staff in order to prepare for the future closure of the studio. Now, the company is currently undergoing the process of winding down and liquidating its assets, and as a result, some games from Telltale’s catalog have been removed from Steam.
Telltale Games is working with Sherwood Partners to handle the process of shutting down the studio as it undergoes assignment proceedings and not bankruptcy. As Brandon Huffman, a lawyer from Odin Law & Media, explained, “All that means is that they were able to find someone to give them enough money for assets to pay any creditors or they had the money on hand.”
While not all of Telltale’s games have been removed from Steam at the time of this writing, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park: The Game and The Walking Dead: The Final Season are no longer available for purchase, while Game of Thrones and Batman: The Telltale Series are still live. Given the recent development on Telltale’s situation, it is possible that more games, if not all of Telltale's catalog may be removed from the digital store in the near future.
All of this happened while The Walking Dead: The Final Season was in the middle of wrapping it entire storyline up, with episodes 3 and 4 still unreleased today. For quite some time, the future of one of Telltale’s most popular game was unclear, as fans were anxious to know whether the story of Clementine, the game’s protagonist, was going to be given a proper closure.
A few weeks ago, Skybound Games, co-founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman announced that the studio will be finishing the game, and will include some members of the original Telltale staff. While Kirkman and his team has been silent on the development of the remaining episodes, Skybound revealed a few days ago, that it will be releasing more info about episodes 3 and 4 soon.
Moreover, Netflix also stepped up and revealed that it will also be taking over the development of Telltale’s video game adaptation of Stranger Things. While it seems that both Telltale’s The Walking Dead and Stranger Things will continue to live on despite the studio’s apparent closure, the status of some games that are still in Telltale Games’ docket remains to be unknown and are most likely canceled.