Skybound Games have announced they have acquired the rights to complete the work on The Walking Dead that Telltale Games were supposed to finish before the company imploded, laid off the vast majority of their staff and closed the doors.
Robert Kirkman, the original creator of The Walking Dead comics, has announced that his company, Skybound Entertainment and therefore Skybound Games, will take over the work on The Walking Dead's The Final Season so the game fans will not be left with an unfinished story.
According to the official tweet by Skybound Games, they have reached an agreement with Telltale Games to continue working on The Final Seaason. Kirkman made the same announcement during New York Comic Con, stating that The Walking Dead "can't lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year" referring to the fact that the lead actor from the TV show left after almost a decade.
There was no public mention of working together with former Telltale Games developers that were on The Walking Dead team, but a spokesperson from Skybound Games confirmed that they will indeed work with the Telltale team.
According to the same source, Skybound never used in-house developers on its games before. The implications of this statement are not clear yet, as there is no telling whether Skybound are looking to recruit the former Telltale developers or if they will work as temporary contractors until The Walking Dead project concludes.
One part of Kirkman's statement at NYCC also hinted at a prolonged collaboration, as he said that "It's a very unfortunate situation" that he hopes to resolve in "some kind of positive way". Kirkman added that he's not looking to finish Clementine's story as a comic book, but rather hopes "that the games will eventually be completed".
Considering he mentioned "games" as in plural, former Telltale's employees' futures might looks just a bit brighter as they may have found work for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, this future will not be abruptly terminated with no severance or any benefits, the way it happened at Telltale.