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Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe ran an AMA on finishing the final season of Telltale's The Walking Dead

Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe ran an AMA on finishing the final season of Telltale's The Walking Dead

Development of The Walking Dead: The Final Season remains on pause as Skybound Games continues legal discussions around the game’s future.

Taking part in a Reddit AMA, Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe said while Episode 3 was close to completion before developer Telltale’s closure, “nobody is currently working on the game”. Skybound wants to pick up the game and take it to completion, including wrapping up work on Episode 4, which was previously in pre-production.

Despite this, he added that Telltale had been “incredibly helpful in trying to make this happen quickly”. Skybound is also working to get original team members back on the project, but Howe admitted this was proving difficult.

Around 250 employees were laid off suddenly from Telltale, with a 25-person skeleton crew remaining on to fulfil contractual obligations - which has also since been let go. Staff made redundant were done so without any severance.

Some employees have already moved on to new jobs while others aren’t keen to return to the project. Meanwhile, Skybound Games is based in LA while Telltale was situated in San Rafael in the Bay Area, making a commute impractical.

Read the full coverage of Ian Howe's AMA over on PocketGamer.biz


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Natalie Clayton is an Edinburgh-based freelance writer and game developer. Besides PCGamesInsider and Pocketgamer.biz, she's written across the games media landscape and was named in the 2018 GamesIndustry.biz 100 Rising Star list.

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