Telltale Games Rises from the Ashes

Telltale Games, creators of the Walking Dead games, as well as The Wolf Among Us and many more I’m sure I don’t have to tell you about, were sadly shut down last year after numerous financial missteps ultimately led to the studio closing it’s doors. Today, however, it seems Telltale will make a return after all of it’s assets were bought by a company called LCG Entertainment. Telltale in its new form will have Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle at the helm.

Now in full control of all currently owned Telltale Games … games, Ottilie and Waddle plan to sell some of the IP, but will be creating games based on previous franchises as well as some newly acquired licenses. The rights to franchises suhc as The Wolf Among Us and Batman have stayed in Telltale’s catalog, but The Walking Dead rights have long been bought by Skybound Games.

In the interview with Polygon, Ottilie said that he bought the rights to Telltale because he believes in the future of adventure games.

“This is a viable business that went away due to market conditions and some scale choices [Telltale’s previous management] made. I like games that tell stories and I think our industry should have a company that specializes in narrative-driven games.”

Ottilie went on to say that the company is looking at evolving Telltale’s episodic model.

“We will probably keep the concept of episodes but with different pacing. This is a different world, from a media consumption standpoint. We need to look at how people like to entertain themselves. I like the idea of binge watching.”

The new Telltale will offer freelance positions to those some of those who worked at the original Telltale, with full-time positions opening up in the future. For the next six months, Otitilie plans to keep the studio small, handing off certain aspects of development such as animation and motion capture to outside studios, while working internally to create a more “distributed development pipeline.”

It remains to be seen what will come of the new Telltale, but if they can follow in the footsteps of the revived THQ publishing house, THQ Nordic, and deliver on expediting the episodic games, they could find success where the original Telltale failed.

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