A brand new studio has bought the rights to the Telltale Video games model, together with a few of its again catalog of video games, however it’s not pushed by former builders of the unique studio. Chatting with Polygon, co-founder Jamie Ottilie defined that the brand new Telltale Video games has rights to earlier titles like The Wolf Amongst Us and Batman, however the studio might be significantly smaller than earlier than.
Former Telltale staff could also be working for the revived firm however they won’t be beginning with salaried positions. As a substitute, former builders are being supplied freelance work with potential for full-time roles sooner or later. Ottilie stated recreation design and improvement instruments might be developed internally, with exterior partnerships dealing with different facets of video games, akin to animation.
Extra modifications might come to the episodic nature of Telltale’s video games, which have been a signature of the corporate for years. Ottilie expressed that he appreciated “the concept of binge-watching,” alluding to a launch mannequin related in fashion to how Netflix handles its unique sequence.
When Telltale Video games shut down in 2018, many video games in improvement had been canceled, with a couple of discovering new properties. One in every of these video games is The Strolling Useless, which was acquired by Skybound Leisure after the unique studio shuttered. Skybound was based by the The Strolling Useless comedian’s creator Robert Kirkman, and it introduced again on a number of former Telltale staff to finish the sport’s last season. Solely about 15 builders had been saved round afterward, however Skybound is contemplating creating extra tales within the universe sooner or later down the road.
One other sequence that didn’t see completion following the closure was the Stranger Issues adaptation. This won’t proceed beneath the brand new Telltale both, as Netflix now owns the rights.
At the moment, Telltale’s again catalog rights to The Wolf Amongst Us and Batman imply we might see re-releases of these sequence, and Telltale may also develop new video games in sure non-licensed sequence like Puzzle Agent. With different licensed properties nonetheless up within the air, it’s probably Telltale will primarily concentrate on creating inside instruments earlier than it tackles extra tasks. Telltale Video games is technically again, however will probably be years — if ever — that we see it on the identical scale it was earlier than.