If you're not a fan of Telltale (or have been living under a rock the past week), you may have missed that Telltale studios has shut down. Whilst why they shut down is speculative, it is true that 90% of their staff were laid off without severance.
If you missed the statement from CEO Pete Hawley from earlier this week, you can read it below:
“It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course, unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.
Unfortunately, it's mostly unclear. For the rumoured Wolf Among Us 2, it is a safe bet that it will never grace our computer monitors. However the latest Walking Dead instalment only reached episode 2 and may never get finished, despite Telltale allegedly trying to find a way to continue development. It is good news for Minecraft: Story Mode fans though, as development with Netflix is continuing, according to a Variety source, but Telltales involvement with the Stranger Things game has ceased. As of now Netflix are pursuing other developers to take-up the Stranger Things contract, leaving Telltale firmly out in the upside down...Sorry.
Alright, alright have an Eggo and calm down. Here it is, but keep in mind that the footage surfaced on 4chan and Reddit from Telltale employees so whilst it can be considered 'legit', it certainly does not show a finished product.
The footage reveals noticeable changes to the lighting and graphics to what we usually expect in Telltale games, but what is most exciting is the possibility that the horror scenes would have been played out in first person. It is a regular criticism that Telltale games fail to provide strong immersion and exciting gameplay, could this have been the game to shake the well-worn Telltale formula? Would it have rescued Telltales poor sales? It is hard to tell. Nevertheless, only time will tell if Netflix and co follow the same vision created by Telltale - it may be that Netflix and the new devs choose to start afresh.
Post below! - Adam Beddall