Telltale Games shut down at the end of last year, but a new deal will resuscitate its name.
The acquisition, set in motion by LCG Entertainment, allows for a handful of existing titles to be reintroduced. While the parent company wouldn’t commit to anything specific, it did hint at several possibilities. With Telltale Games returning in some capacity, there are likely to be additional episodes surrounding Batman and The Wolf Among Us. Yet there are other licenses that expired and won’t be continued by the new Telltale Games.
As the developer closed its doors, certain licenses expired. Skybound will handle The Walking Dead, and Netflix reclaimed its rights to Stranger Things. Other franchises’ licenses, including Game of Thrones and Minecraft, aren’t as clear. LCG Entertainment wouldn’t comment on them, either.
Fortunately, expired licenses are still attractive to LCG Entertainment and the new Telltale Games. In an interview with Polygon, co-founder Jamie Ottilie had this to say:
“We’re still evaluating, but we definitely want to continue some of the stories.”
He added that, in acquiring Telltale Games’ assets, there’s an ability to create narrative-driven games. Many developers are focused on theatrics, but Telltale Games let the story rise above all else. It also helped that well-known franchises already had stories in place.
As for employees who worked at the old Telltale Games, some of them might be offered freelance opportunities with the possibility of transitioning to full-time positions later on. LCG Entertainment appears to be favoring its own talent to start. The team will be based in Malibu and scale as titles are released.
We’ll see what happens with Telltale Games over the next few months. But, at the very least, it seems like Batman: The Telltale Series will be at the top of the list to be continued.