Layoffs Hit Telltale Games

The developers behind Batman: A Telltale Series and The Walking Dead have seen significant layoffs, with up to 25% of its employees being laid off, which equates to about 90 people. This is part of a ‘comprehensive company restructuring’.

Individuals have not been named, but the layoffs have impacted ‘all divisions’ and are effective as of today. The press release states that the move will make the company ‘more competitive as a developer and publisher of ground-breaking story-driven gaming experiences with an emphasis on high quality in the years ahead.’

The very fact that these people must be laid off to create better games does not bode well. Various criticisms of Telltale Games have been levied quite a bit this year, with its ageing engine and predictable plot points, it could just be that people are a bit sick of the same old thing. Walking Dead was good because it was new. Guardians of the Galaxy was meh because it looked like clay and felt muted.

It’s just…so ugly.

CEO Pete Hawley said that ‘The realities of the environment we face moving forward demand we evolve, as well, reorienting our organization with a focus on delivering fewer, better games with a smaller team.’

We shall see.

The company recently teased the follow up to its most popular series, The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead’s last season. Finally.