Tagged With the walking dead

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Due in large part to poor sales of co-op first-person shooter Overkill’s The Walking Dead, Swedish video game developer and publisher Starbreeze today filed for reconstruction with the Stockholm District Court, with CEO Bo Andersson leaving his position and resigning from the company board of directors.

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After Telltale laid off roughly 90% of its staff on September 21, the studio said the remaining 25 employees would proceed with finishing work on Minecraft: Story Mode, an interactive show for Netflix. Today, a narrative designer who was one of those remaining employees stated on social media that she and other members of that “skeleton crew” have now been laid off as well.

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Two weeks after Telltale Games laid off the bulk of its staff, the fate of the four-episode final season of the popular The Walking Dead series remains in question.

Behind closed doors, the company continues to work on a deal that would provide for the third and fourth episodes to be finished by another company using former Telltale employees, according to two people familiar with negotiation. And the third episode is already nearly finished, those people said.

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Telltale Games employees were surprised when CEO Pete Hawley announced the closure of the company at a staff-wide meeting. One employee, a source told Kotaku, had been working until 3:00AM the night before with no inkling that the studio was about to let them and over 200 other employees go, leaving behind a skeleton crew of 25 to finish off work on a final project (Minecraft: Story Mode according to Variety).

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Zombies have been integral to horror games for decades now. Whether we’re doing a solo crawls through a haunted mansion, a fast-paced multiplayer kill-fest, or just side content in a first-person shooter series, the undead seem to be the one bad guy we can’t get enough of.

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Massive, modern-day disasters that shake countries to their core come in many different forms. But whether they're natural like hurricanes or man-made like mass shootings, the nations they befall are almost always able to move forward in large part because people can explain what happened. How, though, does a country or even a city come to grips with a tragedy that is unlike anything the world has ever seen, and fundamentally changes people's lives?

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Just like its antagonists, Telltale's The Walking Dead isn't the freshest game out there, but that has little bearing on its quality. Which is excellent. And for the rest of today, you can pick up all five episodes of Telltale's undead adventure title for zero dollars from the Humble Store.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is a series defined by contradiction. The third season of Telltale's successful narrative game franchise, which comes to a close this week with the release of final episode "From The Gallows", is full of interesting characters the player won't care about. It's painfully human but insufferably cliche. The season is ambitious in scope and underwhelming in execution, stumbling far more often than it succeeds.