Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 3 screenshot of Clementine fighting zombies

This week has not been a good one when it comes to game development. First we got the announcement that Capcom Vancouver, the studio behind the Dead Rising series, will be closing down its doors, and now it appears that the same fate will befall the seemingly invincible adventure game developer Telltale Games.

"It's been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there," reads the brief press release. "We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry".

Like the message said, most of the company has been laid off this morning, though a skeleton crew of 25 people has been left behind in order to finish up any other obligations the company might have. Unfortunately, this also means that The Walking Dead: The Final Season and the much-anticipated The Wolf Among Us 2 have been canceled. From what I can tell we might still get Episode 2 as it's pretty much finished, but anything beyond that is most likely not going to happen.

A real tragedy, both for the developers who have suddenly found themselves without employment, and for the gaming world in general because Telltale was one of the very few major companies willing to take a risk by making adventure games. With Telltale now gone, we pretty much only have Life is Strange 2 when it comes to upcoming mainstream adventure games, which is honestly just not enough for a genre that has a ton of potential that is still untapped.

Once Telltale releases more information about the fate of their games later this week I'll make sure to let you know, but until then I can only hope the developers will manage to find work elsewhere in the industry so that Telltale's legacy may continue, despite the fact that the company itself will not.

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