The Wolf Amongst Us 2 developer Telltale Video games confirmed layoffs on the firm “as a result of market situations,” however mentioned all its in-development tasks are nonetheless within the works.
“As a consequence of present market situations, we regrettably needed to let a few of our Telltale crew go just lately,” a Telltale Video games consultant mentioned in an emailed assertion to Polygon. “We didn’t take this motion evenly, and our dedication to storytelling and discovering new methods to take action stays the identical. We’re grateful to everybody for his or her dedication alongside this journey, and we’re working to help everybody impacted. All tasks at the moment in growth are nonetheless in manufacturing, and we’ve no additional updates at the moment.’
An organization consultant declined to share the scope of the layoffs after former cinematic artist Jonah Huang, who labored at each iterations of Telltale Video games (earlier than the 2018 layoffs, and when the studio was revived in 2019), posted to social media that “most” of the crew was laid off in early September. One supply mentioned the interior Telltale Video games crew was underneath 10 individuals and that almost all have been laid off.
The layoffs prolong into Telltale Video games’ newly acquired Flavourworks, which was introduced underneath the Telltale Video games umbrella in August. Flavourworks is a London-based interactive video firm that makes use of its TouchVideo know-how to create full-motion video video games, like Erica, a thriller that was launched in 2019. Each Telltale Video games and Flavourworks are at the least partially funded by Hiro Capital, which posits itself as a video games and metaverse funder.
Three sources informed Polygon that Flavourworks had roughly 12 individuals employed on the time of the acquisition, most of whom got redundancy letters simply weeks after the announcement — notices required by U.Ok. legislation to let employees know their jobs are in danger. At the moment, Flavourworks management informed workers that the corporate solely had money to fund three extra months of labor, however that they have been in search of extra, new funding. A handful of employees have been laid off within the weeks that adopted, and the layoffs will proceed into December, the individuals mentioned, if new funding isn’t secured. Telltale Video games has not but responded to Polygon’s inquiry particularly into Flavourworks.
The Flavourworks crew was reportedly siloed off from Telltale Video games. Sources informed Polygon that the Flavourworks crew was by no means given the prospect to combine into the corporate’s workflow, which gave employees cause to imagine one thing was up — regardless of the preliminary pleasure to have been acquired by such a notable studio as Telltale Video games. The velocity of the scenario left employees confused: How are we even on this place, so quickly after an acquisition?
The Expanse: A Telltale Sequence, developed in collaboration with Deck 9, is Telltale Video games’ first launch because the studio’s devastating implosion in 2018. At the moment, Telltale Video games laid off nearly all of its workers, retaining only a fraction of its 250 workers onboard to complete up ongoing obligations. Telltale Video games, as a model, was infamously spun up once more in 2019 after its property have been purchased up by LCG Leisure. The brand new firm remained a lot smaller, but it surely introduced on a number of individuals who had beforehand labored on the previous studio.
Alongside The Expanse, the brand new incarnation of Telltale Video games is predicted to launch a follow-up to the five-episode The Wolf Amongst Us, a 2013 sport primarily based on Invoice Willingham’s Fables comedian ebook. The Wolf Amongst Us 2 was initially introduced in 2020 for a 2023 launch, but it surely was delayed out of the 12 months in March. This venture is presumably nonetheless within the works, judging by Telltale Video games’ assertion that each one ongoing tasks are nonetheless in growth. Nonetheless, with such reportedly sizable layoffs, it’s unclear when The Wolf Amongst Us 2 and different titles can be launched.