Telltale Games began to close its doors a few months ago after announcing it had fallen on hard times. Over 200 employees lost their jobs and the gaming industry is still rallying around, seeking staff benefits and union care for a career that’s now seen as widely-regarded as potentially unstable.
Telltale Games’ narrative-driven and choice-based games included the likes of the highly popular The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, as well as other well-known franchises including Back To The Future.
If you were yet to purchase any of these games on Steam then you might be out of luck, as they’re being removed from the Steam store.
Although you’ll still be able to buy games like Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy, a few of Telltale’s most notable series have been pulled from sale.
The pulled games include The Walking Dead, Back To The Future and Tales of Monkey Island. It’s not yet known if more games are to follow.
Although there was a time when the future of The Walking Dead’s Final Season was in jeopardy, the studio was saved by Skybound Interactive, who took on the role of completing the game. For the likes of projects that may never have been started, including the second series of The Wolf Among Us, there’s no such hope.
Telltale has now officially gone into liquidation, selling off any remaining assets to settle any of the company’s remaining affairs and debts.
According to Game Daily, a company named Sherwood Partners is now handling Telltale’s liquidation, going through a process similar to bankruptcy.
As for the 250 former staff members, they’ll have health insurance up until the 30th November 2018, but then they’re on their own.
Telltale’s closure has thrown the gaming industry into chaos, with developers across the globe standing with the Telltale employees to demand better benefits and healthcare in the event of another studio closure.
The tough working conditions and long hours that game developers have to face has also come under fire, with the likes of Rockstar Games admitting they had staff members working 100 hours a week to complete its latest game, Red Dead Redemption 2.
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