Earlier this week, Telltale Games, the studio behind popular narrative games such as The Walking Dead, announced that they will be undergoing a “majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges.” After a large number of staff layoffs, 25 employees remain in the studio to fulfill the company’s obligations.
Telltale Games is renowned for their exceptional episodic story-driven games such as The Wolf Among Us and the Game of Thrones series. As a result of the shutdown, some of the company’s titles, such as the The Walking Dead Final Season will not be completed. As the spirit of the studio continues to live on among the community, let us take a moment to remember the top five games developed by the beloved Telltale Games.
Tales from the Borderlands
A narrative twist based on the Borderlands series by Gearbox Software, Tales from the Borderlands is a comedy themed story-driven experience set in Pandora. Taking place after the events of Borderlands 2, the game is a great example of Telltale’s unique take on the action-packed Borderlands games.
The Wolf Among Us
An award winning game series based on the popular Fables comic books, The Wolf Among Us follows Bigby Wolf, sheriff of the brutal and dangerous Fabletown. The dramatic series is a more serious experience when compared with Telltale’s more casual titles such as Tales from the Borderlands or Minecraft: Story Mode. The Wolf Among Us season 2, which has been continuously delayed since its original 2018 announcement, has been cancelled following the layoffs of 225 employees.
Game of Thrones
Based on the TV series of the same name, Telltale’s Game of Thrones episodic narrative adventure is a representation of the cruel lands of Westeros. With heart-wrenching emotional moments and action around every turn, the choices you make in the game will determine the fate of House Forrester.
Batman: The Telltale Series
Batman: The Telltale Series, released in 2016, is based on the well-known fictional superhero The Dark Knight. With the release of Batman, Telltale proved that they can extract a superb narrative experience out of nearly any series. Totaling for 5 episodes, the Batman series is a point-and-click graphical adventure set in Gotham City.
The Walking Dead
Finally, the title the studio is most famous for, The Walking Dead adventure horror series. Telltale made a name for themselves with the release of the first season of The Walking Dead series back in 2012. The studio went on to develop a variety of exceptional narrative games, all the while continuing to work on The Walking Dead series. After the first game, season 2 was released the next year, which was followed by the 400 Days expansion pack.
In 2016, The Walking Dead Michonne and New Frontier titles were released. Approaching the end of the series, development on the final season of the Walking Dead was coming along nicely until the closure of the studio. As sad as it is, it is comforting to know that the series created by the studio can still be played.