Telltale Games gets a second life. After a tragic and well-published decline, the game studio is best known for adaptations of series such as The walking dead and Game of Thrones – comes back after a group of investors bought the assets of the company with plans to restart. The new Telltale Games are supported by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle, two veterans from the industry who mainly have experience with mobile gaming and the technological side. "We believe that the brand and its franchises still have so much life in them and we look forward to building on the company's stories about history," Ottilie said in a statement.
The new studio will operate from Malibu, and the new ownership group says it will "re-release selected games from the studio's back catalog and develop new games in some of the company's top-selling brands." As part of that, the new Telltale says it has adopted or contracted "key talent" from the previous version of the studio. No specific employees are mentioned.
Details about new games and re-releases are expected, according to the company, "in the coming weeks". "We will remain small for the next six months and we will work for a more distributed development pipeline than what Telltale was known for," Ottilie told me Polygon. "We will focus on tools, technology and design in-house. Some things like animation and motion capture are done externally with the right partnerships."
Telltale was first launched in 2004, but it was only in the release of the debut season of The walking dead in 2012 the studio received much praise for its unique style of interactive stories. It would then adjust some of the greatest pop culture traits, including Game of Thrones, sitter, Minecraftand protectors of the universe. However, last year thereafter The edge reported about rampant maladministration and a toxic culture in the studio, things gradually declined for Telltale. There were massive layoffs, games withdrawn from sale and finally the studio was closed.
"We will soon have some exciting things to share," Waddle says about the new Telltale. "We will try not to make them wait too long, but we think fans will be happy."