Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment says it has an agreement with Telltale Games to take over The Walking Dead: The Final Season and release the last two episodes, despite Telltale’s abrupt closure in late September.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be finished, under an agreement Skybound Games has reached with Telltale Games. Skybound’s official Twitter account made the announcement Saturday evening, adding that more details would come soon.
We’re SO happy to announce that we’ve reached a deal with @telltalegames that will allow Skybound to continue #TheWalkingDead: The Final Season! Let’s wrap up Clem’s story right! More details to come soon. pic.twitter.com/ShyREw65iq
Variety reported this evening that Skybound is working with developers on Telltale’s Walking Dead team, though nothing has been finalized yet. That and the Skybound tweet imply that company has taken the project off of Telltale’s hands and must find a way to finish development itself. Skybound has never used in-house developers on the games it has co-created.
Skybound Entertainment was started eight years ago by The Walking Dead ’s creator, Robert Kirkman, to develop and license TV, video game and film products associated with his works. Skybound Games is its video games development arm, created earlier this year.
On Sept. 21, Telltale Games laid off most of its nearly 300 employees, effectively going out of business a week before the second episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season was due to launch. The fate of the four-episode series has been in doubt since, with the season pulled from sale on digital marketplaces 10 days ago.
Three days after the layoffs, Telltale said it was working on a solution that would allow The Walking Dead: The Final Season to launch completely, concluding the story of its fan-favorite protagonist, Clementine.
Since then, an employee laid off in Telltale’s dissolution filed a lawsuit alleging the studio violated state and federal laws requiring notices of mass layoffs at companies of a certain size.