Telltale update: Walking Dead Final Season canceled, team remains only to finish Netflix project

Following the surprise closure of Telltale Games, we now know that the remaining episodes of The Walking Dead Final Season have been canceled.

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Today has not been a good day for fans, followers, or employees of Telltale Games. Following an earlier story that reported on the suprise layoff of employees and subsequent bankruptcy-related closure, sources are now reporting that the final episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season have been canceled, and the 25 employees remaining at the studio are solely focused on finishing the Minecraft Story Mode collaboration with Netflix.

According to a report from USGamer, a number of anonymous sources have confirmed that "The Walking Dead Final Season will not be completed," leaving the remainder of Clementine's story completely unfinished. Furthermore, Telltale gave a statement saying that the remaining employees are there just to "fulfill the company's obligations to its board and partners."

With this news in mind, it's safe to say that the closure of Telltale Games has effectively terminated the rest of the company's projects, spelling an end not only for The Walking Dead: The Final Season, but also for the Stranger Things project and the planned sequel to The Wolf Among Us.

Studio co-founder and former CEO Kevin Bruner recently took to his personal blog to confirm that the closure rumors are indeed true, saying that he's "saddened at the loss of a studio that green-lit crazy ideas that no one else would consider." A statement from Telltale itself said that the closure was ultimately borne of poor sales despite positive feedback from fans.

Now that Telltale Games is no more, it seems that the upcoming Minecraft Story Mode project will be the last we see of the studio. While not exactly a game, the unique Netflix collaboration will apparently allow viewers to enjoy Minecraft Story Mode from within the Netflix app in what the company calls an "interactive adventure."

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      September 21, 2018 5:51 PM

      That's six years of emotional investment down the tubes.

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        September 21, 2018 6:00 PM

        It's a zombie project at this point...

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          September 21, 2018 6:02 PM

          Definitely feels like it's a dead project still marching forth

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        September 21, 2018 6:02 PM

        I'm so gutted. I really wanted to see what the end of clementine was. Maybe they'll release what plans they had

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          September 22, 2018 10:23 AM

          She's going to spoil in the vegetable drawer.

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      September 21, 2018 6:37 PM

      "Shuttered" not "shuddered".

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      September 22, 2018 4:30 AM

      episodic gaming strikes again

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      September 22, 2018 6:04 AM

      Wow. Guess ill uh, not start season 2.

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        September 22, 2018 7:48 AM

        You'll come out ahead anyway. None of your choices end up making any difference.

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        September 22, 2018 7:56 AM

        It was bad. So bad

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        September 22, 2018 9:17 AM

        Yeah I was going to wait until they all came out because I don't like waiting months between the episodes. But still, damn this sucks

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      September 22, 2018 6:21 AM

      Ah man wtf I was enjoying it a lot fuckers they should refund my money then.

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      September 22, 2018 9:50 AM

      So I gotta wonder what the hell were they doing back when they were printing money? Did anyone stop to consider that maybe they should upgrade their engine?? Even Ageod never forgot to invest in themselves and they are like 1/5 the size of telltale games.

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        September 22, 2018 9:56 AM

        Execs got paid, fuck everyone else.

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        September 22, 2018 10:36 AM

        They expanded. Hired a lot of people and were working on multiple projects at the same time. However due to the episodic nature of their games and working on so many concurrently they started to all feel the same and didn't have the polish that Walking Dead Season 1 had.

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          September 22, 2018 10:58 AM

          They just put out so many of them that the idea of playing another one felt boring.

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            September 22, 2018 11:32 AM

            They had some good stories but the costs to make them kept going up since they kept hiring more people and the licenses were expensive as well. In the end they were actually making more money with fewer projects.

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              September 22, 2018 11:41 AM

              Yep and since they always had projects going it seemed like they never had a chance to do the step back and evaluate and update mechanics/technology instead it was one long slow evolution which added to the feeling of sameness across their games.

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      September 22, 2018 9:55 AM

      I swear they just had a bunch of sites doing previews/early reviews of TWD Final Season. WTF happened I thought they're games always sold well. That's sucks for everyone.

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      September 22, 2018 10:36 AM

      that makes me sad they wont even finish the final season.