As you probably know by now, all over 25 people have been laid off at Telltale Games. Quoting a brutally difficult past for 1
In retrospect, the writing was so clear on the wall, it feels a little stupid to be stunned by the news. They had just put 90 employees in November last year when they announced a company change to make "fewer, better" games. They released the third season of The Walking Dead as The New Frontier instead of calling that season three, which was at least a sign that they wanted people to feel like they could jump on and do not lose much of the story. They launched the entire The Walking Dead Series of the Day Although the last season of the series, called "The Final Season", only had four episodes instead of the usual five. This past season changes itself back to the biggest star in the world, Clementine, after the season three le ft her in the background too much of the story. It seems as though they end up coming back to Clem to give fans a satisfying send-off, leaving season three permanent weird.
These subtle maneuvers, seen in conjunction with this week's news, tell the story of a studio desperately to remain floating. Time ran out, and today, as developers confuse for employment and other studios, they help with the help of #TelltaleJobs on social media, presenting job opportunities across the industry, fans meet the news as well.
As others demand development associations, Telltales recalls the treatment of their employees and tied together to get these free agent devs in comfortable new studio chairs, I rotate for all of them in each of these tasks. The industry is quite obviously far too late for unionization, and I think the silver lining of Telltales closure feels like the event that could really put it in motion in ways that have not been done before. Their former employees are vouchers on Twitter about abuse of higher assignments, mention of unpaid overtime and the industry's gross confidence in "crunch", or, in other words, 16-hour days six days a week for several months. There are many angles to this story, and hopefully a lot of good will come out of it. I really think that's true.