Telltale Games reportedly laid off the remaining skeleton crew

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Telltale Games has laid off the remaining 25-employee skeleton crew at the development studio to complete work on Minecraft: Story Mode for Netflix. This news comes by way of Twitter.  A now-former Telltale Games employee, Rachel Noel, made things pretty clear.

“Heeeeyyyy remember how there was going to be a skeleton crew staying on for a while and I was part of it? Nah, jk, we all just got laid off, too,” the former employee posted on Twitter.

Several days ago, the video game world was stunned by the back-to-back closures of two game studios: Capcom Vancouver and Telltale Games. Both developments were saddening leaving numerous designers and developers looking for work. However, the closure of Telltale Games seemed to grab the spotlight for various reasons. For starters, the closure wasn’t something many saw coming. Telltale Games had several projects lined up and currently in progress including The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Minecraft: Story Mode, Stranger Things, The Wolf Among Us 2, and likely more. Second, the closure gripped the community due to talk of mismanagement within the upper echelon of the studio. To make matters worse, employees were laid off at a moment’s notice with no severance as reported by Kotaku.

In the wake of this mass reduction in force, only a mere 25 employees were left at the troubled studio to complete Telltale’s obligations to Minecraft: Story Mode for Netflix. Now, it seems, that not even the skeleton crew remain according to Noel’s tweet.

Telltale Games is still seeking outside help

This news comes on the heels of another report from Kotaku. We know that Telltale Games announced that it was looking for partners to help complete The Walking Dead: The Final Season. However, a former developer has indicated that the studio is still looking for outside help who will hire former Telltale Games staff. Currently, no deal has been struck, and it’s anybody’s guess if it will ever come to fruition.

In light of this news, we sincerely wish for the best for those just laid off within the skeleton crew as they join many of their colleagues in seeking work. Telltale Games was filled with remarkable talent, and we hope to see that talent absorbed by other teams in the industry.

What do you make of all this? Do you hope Telltale finds a partner capable of finishing its products? Or should we let things just be and move on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Chris Hinton
Accountant by day, video games enthusiast by night.  Somewhere in between all of that, I'm a husband, dad, and generally a giant man-child, too.  If a game is all about action, there's a safe bet I'm playing it.  I started laying waste to virtual worlds as a youngin' on the ol' Atari and haven't stopped since.