It’s been announced via Polygon that the formerly defunct Telltale Games will be making a comeback after its assets were purchased by a company called LCG Entertainment, with the company selling some of Telltale’s back catalog while working on new games with old and new licenses. The new version of Telltale will also be offering freelance roles to original Telltale employees, with the potential for full-time roles somewhere down the line.
Telltale 2.0 is being headed up by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle, with Ottilie making his name as the founder and CEO of Galaxy Pest Studios, while Waddle has been responsible for the sales and marketing for the Havoc Game Engine. When speaking to Polygon, Ottilie confirmed that the new Telltale owns the rights to licensed properties like The Wolf Among Us and Batman, along with original games like Puzzle Agent. The new company is also looking into “other expired licenses”.
New Telltale will be looking to continue where they left off with some licenses, which hopefully means that The Wolf Among Us 2 is actually happening, but obviously nothing has been announced yet. The fate of licenses such as Borderlands, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy and Minecraft is unclear right now, but The Walking Dead license is now owned by Skybound while the rights to a potential Stranger Things game have reverted back to Netflix.
The publisher Athlon Games are a partner in this deal, as they will be handling storefront operations and distribution. Meanwhile, the new Telltale will have financial backing from the likes of Chris Kingsley, CTO and co-founder of Rebellion, Lyle Hall, President and CEO of Heavy Iron Studios, and Tobias Sjögren, an industry veteran with years of experience at teams including Starbreeze.
When referring to Telltale’s legacy, Jamie Ottilie is keen to celebrate the achievements that Telltale have made, but that they’ll be “working very hard not to make similar mistakes”. Interestingly, the new Telltale will be looking at evolving the episodic model, with Ottilie stating that: “We will probably keep the concept of episodes but with different pacing. This is a different world, from a media consumption standpoint. We need to look at how people like to entertain themselves. I like the idea of binge watching.”
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