Robert Kirkman Saves His Universe
Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Games obtained the rights to finish Telltale’s The Walking Dead video game. Telltale Games abruptly shuttered its doors and ceased production on all its titles last month.
The Telltale Tale
If you’ve ever played a computer game, chances are high you played a point-and-click game. Point-and-click games are a wonderful idea and use a computer’s unique inputs to great effect. Also, they’re incredibly simple on the surface – just highlight an item with your mouse and click it to see if something happens. However, the games rely on unique critical thinking and combinations of items in outside-the-box ways. Honestly, they are a great solo alternative to an escape room. Furthermore, most point and click games are remembered fondly. Lucasarts’ The Secret of Monkey Island is a stone-cold classic and has many fans across generations. So, a studio specializing in point and click games based on popular licenses is a slam dunk, right?
For a while, it was; Telltale Games produced some of the industry’s most well-crafted scripted games. They took brands like Batman and The Walking Dead and breathed new life into their tried and true formulas. It was a winning combination that spawned several beloved games. Unfortunately, Telltale shut their doors on September 21st, 2018. Along with the countless employees affected by this (they received no severance and only an additional week of benefits), their flagship games were abandoned.
The Walking Dead’s Savior
None of these were more affected than The Walking Dead game. The game’s previous seasons all promised an epic and personal conclusion in season 4. But, Telltale was in the middle of season 4 when they shut down. So, Robert Kirkman, creator of the wildly popular comic stepped in and saved the series. Kirkman’s company, Skybound Games, bought The Walking Dead from Telltale and will finish the game. During an appearance at New York Comic-Con, Kirkman quipped: “We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year.”
So, what do you think? The Walking Dead television series is seeing record-low ratings this season. Is it too little too late? Or is the promise of seeing Telltale’s game through to completion a tempting one? Let us know in the comments!