The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s company, Skybound Entertainment, has announced it has partnered with Telltale Games to finish the studio’s Walking Dead: The Final Season.
“We’ve successfully negotiated with Telltale Games for our company Skybound to come in and see Season 4 of the Telltale game to completion,” Kirkman said during an appearance at New York Comic-Con this weekend. “We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year.”
Skybound has been involved with Telltale’s The Walking Dead franchise since the start. After Telltale announced it was winding down last month, many wondered about the fate of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Telltale announced that it was working with multiple potential partners to finish the series, and it appears Skybound was among them.
Skybound confirmed that it is working with members of the original team at Telltale, but it remains to be seen if this includes some or all of the affected developers. More than 200 people lost their jobs at Telltale, and a portion of them were working on The Walking Dead. When Telltale announced the “majority studio closure,” it seems likely that some of the affected staffers on The Walking Dead team sough other work. According to reports, Telltale paid no severance to its fired employees.
There are still many unanswered questions about Skybound’s takeover of Telltale’s The Walking Dead. According to Skybound, answers will come in due course.
“We’re currently ironing out some of the details as this is a pretty major deal, so we’ll have more info on the who/what/where/when/how very soon as those details are finalized,” the studio said.
“We appreciate your patience during this process. Thank you to the fans for being so supportive of this series and vocal about wanting to see Clementine’s story continue! We’re going to do right by you (and also for ourselves, because WE want to play it too!).”
The Walking Dead: The Final Season premiered in August, with the second episode arriving just days after the massive layoffs at Telltale. Skybound will now apparently help finish Episodes 3 and 4, but it remains to be seen when they will be released. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.
For more on the Telltale Games situation, check out GameSpot’s timeline of the key events.