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TellTale Is Back!


Image: TellTale Collection


Full disclosure here, the developer TellTale may be my favorite developer of the last decade. The Walking Dead series, Tales From The Borderlands, Batman, and The Wolf Among Us are some of my favorite games. I love the story driven dialog fueled games so when the news broke in September of 2018 that they were shutting down, I was devastated.


The internet is blowing up today with the news that TellTale Games is being resurrected by a company called LCG Entertainment out of Malibu, California 400 miles away from the original studio base in San Rafael. New head honchos Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle have said that some workers from the original Telltale Games will be offered freelance roles, with full-time positions possible in the future.


The new TellTale has back-catalog rights to licensed properties The Wolf Among Us and Batman as well as full rights to original Telltale games intellectual properties. “There are some other expired licenses that we’re looking at,” Ottilie has said. Unfortunately the Stranger Things license that TellTale was working on before shutting down has since expired and reverted back to Netflix but Ottilie has stated that they are looking at bringing back some IPs who's licenses have expired to follow games where they left off but wouldn't elaborate on which ones. The specific futures of Borderlands, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Minecraft has not been announced. Ottilie has said they are working hard to not make the same mistakes as the original TellTales Games including taking on too much too soon. That likely means that we'll see only a portion of the stories we had before but some is still better than none.


Even if they can't continue all of the stories they have been giving us over the years, I'm happy to see jobs and future stories coming back to TellTale Games.