Though it's being transferred from Telltale Games to Robert Kirkman's publisher Skybound, choice and consequence adventure The Walking Dead: The Final Season could take a step closer to its conclusion in 2019.
September 2018 saw adventure game specialist Telltale suddenly close down, and doing so part way through the development and release of the final chapter of its award-winning The Walking Dead adventure game.
Based within the world of Robert Kirkman's graphic novel series – also better known as a hit television series – The Walking Dead adventure game debuted in 2012 and marked a new era of critical success for Telltale.
It led to adaptations of another graphic novel, fairy tale interpretation Fables, as well as Game Of Thrones and Guardians Of The Galaxy adventures, a two-season Batman story, even a Minecraft spin-off as well as an unreleased Stranger Things project.
But the studio's closure put The Walking Dead in doubt, despite being halfway into a four-episode franchise finale.
That's when Skybound Games stepped in and, even though talks are still ongoing and staffing positions are to be confirmed, its CEO, Ian Howe, said he thought that Episode 3 would arrive before the year's end.
Taking part in an Oct 17 Ask Me Anything session on the game's Reddit community, Howe initially said that he couldn't give a definitive answer regarding Episode 3's release.
"The team is not currently working on the game and until we're back into production, it's going to be nearly impossible to give an accurate answer."
"What I can say is that we will announce new dates as soon as we know what they are, there is no reason for us to hold that information back, so it will be public immediately that we can talk about it with confidence."
Answering another question, he confirmed that "the team will be working directly for Skybound" and that "the plan is for it to be staffed 100% by former Telltale staff" if possible.
"We haven't hired anyone yet, nor have we made any offers, because we're not at the stage where we can do that," he said elsewhere.
"It's a long process that unfortunately can only happen in a specific order. What we have as of today is a goal to complete the game with as many of the original team as makes sense and that's only if those people want to come back."
Encouraged by a "supportive and patient" response, he continued:
"I'm going out on a limb and will say yes, I fully expect Episode 3 to be this year and I'll be very disappointed if we can't make that happen," acknowledging that he was going against PR protocol in making the prediction.
A different official video game, the action-oriented Overkill's The Walking Dead, is set for release on PC from Nov 6 and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from Feb 6, 2019. – AFP Relaxnews
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