The Walking Dead Game And Telltale Games Comes To An End In

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Update: The Walking Dead game reaching its conclusion isn’t the only good news for fans of former Telltale developers. Several veterans of the shuttered adventure game team just formed AdHoc Studio, a new company for making interactive narrative entertainment. And if Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is any proof, people like that sort of things these days.It’s been a long and bloody journey, a struggle rivaling that of any zombie apocalypse survival story, but at last we know when Telltale’s The Walking Dead is pushing one more time past the finish line. Episode 4 “Take Us Back” ends Clementine’s seven-year-saga on March 26, the same day as the physical release on Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. And not only will we put this episodic adventure game series to rest, but really pour one out for Telltale Games as a whole.The arc of Telltale’s The Walking Dead is a serious example of life imitating art in video games, like Phantom Pain levels of meta. Telltale had been known for solid episodic adventure game before. But The Walking Dead rocketed the studio to new heights with its focus on well-written player-crafted narrative driven by high-stakes emotion choices, not just annoying puzzles. Players felt as if it was their personal responsibility to prepare young Clem for the new world. It was the best Walking Dead story in any medium (and had some of the coolest Black characters in video games). It was totally new.And Telltale spent the rest of its existence trying to chase that high. After the first season, key Walking Dead creative talent left to form Campo Santo, developers of Firewatch. Later Walking Dead seasons suffered as a result. Other great Telltale games did launch during this time, particularly the Batman games. But the studio also started pumping its own precarious adventure game market with less-than-great licensed products. They managed to make a Game of Thrones game nerds didn’t care about.Unfortunately, this business model (and severe mismanagement) led to more and more instability at the company itself as it struggled to maintain its rapidly expanding size. And eventually the bubble burst last year when Telltale dramatically went bankrupt, taking with it countless hardworking game developers (who really really really need to unionize).Caught in the middle of all this was the fourth, final season of The Walking Dead. Telltale managed to put out two pretty well-received episodes of Clementine’s final journey. But once Telltale collapsed the last two episodes were put in jeopardy since the people making it were justifiably more concerned with having money for food than finishing a video game. Ultimately, Skybound Games, the video game imprint of Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s entertainment company, wrangled enough surviving developers to finish the project.So as cathartic as it may be to see Telltale’s The Walking Dead ride off into the sunset on March 26, instead of abruptly cutting to black, real-life tragedy hangs over the game regardless. It really is like a zombie movie. If you want to remember more Telltale games, we’ve ranked them all right here.last_img

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