After the shocking closure of Telltale games in recent weeks, it seemed like their in-development The Walking Dead: The Final Season would be forever unfinished. However, Robert Kirkman has stated that his company, Skybound, will be handling the final season to The Walking Dead and seeing the series to its completion. This announcement comes after The Walking Dead: The Final Season was pulled from storefronts shortly after the release of the second episode.
We’re SO happy to announce that we’ve reached a deal with @telltalegames that will allow Skybound to continue #TheWalkingDead: The Final Season! Let’s wrap up Clem’s story right! More details to come soon. pic.twitter.com/ShyREw65iq
— Skybound Games (@skyboundgames) October 7, 2018
This announcement was made at The Walking Dead panel at New York Comic Con. Skybound have also stated that they will be working with members of the original Telltale team to ensure The Walking Dead’s story is concluded “in a way the fans deserve”. Kirkman also commented that the world “can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year”, referring to the departure of one of the lead actors of The Walking Dead TV show.
Telltale foreshadowed a deal like this after closing, stating that “multiple potential partners have stepped forward to express interest in helping to see The Final Season through to completion”. Fortunately, Skybound came through. We don’t have much of an idea of what the release schedule will look like. However, according to a Kotaku report, the third episode in the four-episode season is “essentially finished”, and some initial voice work has already been recorded for episode 4.
Robert Kirkman’s Skybound is mostly known for its comics publishing division, however it has moved into video game publishing in recent times. Some notable titles by them include the mobile title “The Walking Dead: Road to Survival”, as well as the video game adaptation of Thief of Thieves, based on one of Kirkman’s original comics. Considering their affinity with comic book storytelling, they seem to be a great fit for The Walking Dead.
In addition to The Walking Dead, Polygon has reported that Netflix is still planning on moving forward with its Minecraft: Story Mode adaptation. The streaming company is also “exploring other options” for adapting their Stranger Things series to an interactive medium.
For more on Telltale and The Walking Dead, check out our own postmortem on Telltale Games.