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Errrrgghh fuck off.

I only completed episode one today of the last season.

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I can see that being the biggest issues with most people. Paying full price for what may end up being only half the game.
 

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Here's a really in depth article from TheVerge about TellTale, and a big omen to their eventual demise. This was written only half a year ago, and it pretty much sketches a really bad picture for the company. Ranging from people working insane hours up to 20 a day, and a management group that pretty much pressured their employees to work harder and harder and harder.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/20/17130056/telltale-games-developer-layoffs-toxic-video-game-industry

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Im well behind. I bought season 2 really quickly but felt the need to replay season 1, saving the other out of Doug/Carley and this time convincing Vince to come along with everyone else in 400 days(essentially when I started season 2 I felt like I wanted 2 saves of it active, my original save and one with alterations to my original narrative to see what differences it'd make) but just like with replaying Splinter Cell Double Agent (finished the PS2 version but when I bought the next game in the series, I realised the differences from the PS2 version of DA to every other version meant I'd probably need to play the PS3 DA to get back on the real Splinter Cell timeline)I got bored at a certain point replaying too familiar bits and stopped playing.

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They're not going to finish fucking Walking Dead? I hardly care about that series, but my god - Clementine is the best thing they've done.

Also, Ubisoft San Francisco made an open post to the Telltale employees about meeting up with them on a resturant/bar's patio on Monday to talk about jobs and stuff - and they're going to pick up the bill for food and drinks. That's really cool.

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The cynic in me knows it is shameless PR but still a cool gesture and hopefully it sees folks back in work sooner. The workers apparently aren't even getting severance which is awful.

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I hope when the assets get sold, a developer picks up the Sam & Max franchise and brings them back, eight years has been too long and they deserve some new shenanigans!

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Telltale has posted that 3-4 partners have stepped forward with plans/funding to see episodes 3 & 4 of the Walking Dead Final Season released "in some form" with no real promise of anything yet. Could mean the games themselves, could mean something in the line of a graphic novel or similar from the way it's worded. I was figuring something like this would happen though - just not so soon.

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The way this has all been handled is really kind of disgraceful. The laid of staff were given time to go into the offices and get their personal belongings and it seems as though the company waited until they had all gone before posting this message.

Now having said that I really want the game finished. I feel bad for all the staff but being completely selfish I want this game completed. I know it’s shitting all over the devs who have got nothing and are financially screwed but I’m not going to pretend that I don’t want the finished game, even if it means it appears in a different medium and done by volunteers. 

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I would rather they completely finish it with Episode Two even if it's slightly extended to at least get an ending. Another medium won't interest me unless it's possibly an animated short film.

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As an aside, it's nice to see that Jaden Smith survived the apocalypse. 

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This just keeps getting worse. Apparently they were hiring people up to a week before this announcement, and now a class-action lawsuit because of the short notice of their layoff.

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There's people out there that are actually willing to donate money to Telltale to finish the season.

People are strange. 

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34 minutes ago, Noah said:

There's people out there that are actually willing to donate money to Telltale to finish the season. 

People are strange. 

If they had a kickstarter, I'd chip in too.

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I'm okay with the idea of a kickstarter unconnected to Telltale, featuring people from the existing WD creative team, which is something I've also seen people call for but throwing money at telltale itself, after how everything went down? Eh.

I'd fear, instead of hiring back the previous team, telltale management would instead just hire the cheapest available options, release a half-arsed couple of episodes and give the majority of the donated money to creditors.

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Fuck finishing the series, if telltale get money donated to them they best pay some god damned severance first.

250 people out of a job in an ultra competitive market in one of the most expensive cities to live in in the world is a metric fuck tonne more important than what happens in The Walking Dead.

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I still don't get why they kept doing episodic releases all these years on. It just forced me to wait until the complete season went on sale cheap instead almost every time.

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Also here are (Steam) sales figures for all the TellTale games since BTTF.

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It took just over two years for the hype to completely die down after TWD sold massively, only S2 and TWAU sold over a million on steam and the rest all dipped lower and lower, with Minecraft being the first one to dip below BTTF levels, never for them to recover.

And with reports that even a week prior to the massive firing they were hiring people, it just smacks of some massive corporate mismanagement on a massive scale. How can anyone see those numbers and go 'Yeah, we're doing great!'.

TWD effectively gave them the money to survive 5 years with, and they never even got close to those same heights again.

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I do think the lack of advertising was one of their biggest downfalls. 

I had no idea a follow-up Batman series had been released until a few months after it had, as it wasn't promoted anywhere. Let alone Guardians of the Galaxy, which I thoroughly enjoyed, however again, it got no promotion whatsoever.

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I went to buy Minecraft 2 when it was on-sale but it turns out I had bought a year prior. Don't remember buying it let alone it being released. 

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Yeah, a failure of both marketing and an unwillingness to address the illusion of choice critiques.

Wonder what the sales are for Strong Bad and Sam and Max. Got to be stronger than the JP game surely.

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