It’s been about a year since Telltale Games, creator of the awesome The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead games, closed. But in a recent announcement, LCG Entertainment revealed that it has bought over Telltale Games and all of its assets, trademarks and tech, and select intellectual properties. LCG Entertainment is a privately held company based in Malibu, California, USA.
And being “big fans” of Telltale’s games, yes, the company will be looking into re-releasing some games from the studio’s back catalog and finishing incomplete projects of “best-selling brands”.
This may mean titles like The Wolf Among Us. For the exact list, LCG will be announcing them in the coming weeks.
While many fans are hoping for a closure on Clementine’s story in The Walking Dead games, CEO of the new Telltale Games, Jamie Ottilie, told Polygon that there won’t be any. At least not from them as Skybound now owns the license and has its own plans for game releases. Same goes for Telltale’s previous plans to release a Stranger Things game as Netflix has taken back the rights to it.
Ottilie told Business Wire: “Even now, when you see a game with strong narrative, it’s always compared to Telltale, so it’s no surprise that players and industry colleagues alike mourned the studio’s closure. We believe there is still so much life to the brand and its franchises, and we look forward to building upon the company’s storytelling legacy.”
Brian Waddle, the chief revenue officer for the revived Telltale Games, believed that there’s still a large following of Telltale players and claimed that this was the reason for LCG’s move.
“It’s hard to see your favorite games disappear or not get the sequels they deserve, so we thank everyone for their patience and support. We’ve got some exciting things to share soon. We’ll try not to keep them waiting too long, but we think fans will be pleased,” he said.
While it all sounds very exciting for Telltale fans, there’s no denying the concern about reviving games that the old developers had reportedly worked on under toxic management and working environment.
To which, Ottilie commented, “They brought me some of my favorite stories to play and they did an amazing job building a company. It’s unfortunate the way that it ended. Certainly we’re working very hard not to make similar mistakes.”
He also confirmed that former Telltale employees will be offered freelance positions at the new company, and that they’re welcome to go full-time once that option is available in the future.
Despite LCG’s efforts, it seems like they’re mostly reviving the Telltale games, rather than the studio itself. Whether this is a good thing or not, only time can tell.