Telltale Games Acquired By LCG Entertainment

Telltale Games stopped production of games last year in September. Then in December last year, we heard that it was closing down forever. Now, after six months of negotiations, LCG Entertainment has completed its asset grab of Telltale Games. They will soon relaunch the company again.

After Telltale games was shut down it was held by a holding company which hasn’t been named. This acquisition was supported by publisher Athlon Games, which will handle future distribution.

While the status of licenses such as Borderlands, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Minecraft are currently unknown, Telltale still holds the rights to its original IPs, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman.

Don’t expect to see a new The Walking Dead adventure made by Telltale games soon as the rights have reverted to Skybound. The Stranger things game that was supposed to happen before Telltale games shut down games production will probably not happen either. This is because the rights have gone back to Netflix.

Polygon has reported that Telltale’s leadership will be made up of LCG’s Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle.

Current plans involved selling off certain assets, while developing new games from the Telltale roster.

“This is a viable business that went away due to market conditions and some scale choices [Telltale’s previous management] made,” Ottilie told Polygon.

“I like games that tell stories and I think our industry should have a company that specialises in narrative-driven games.”

Telltale Games collapsed overnight in September 2018, leaving 270 people out of a job. In the ensuing fallout, former Telltale narrative designer Emily Grace Buck offered a post-mortem of the developer, highlighting a catalogue of errors by upper management.

Ottilie, founder and CEO of Galaxy Pest Control — which developed games based-on Duck Dynasty and Power Rangers — said the new Telltale focused on not repeating those same mistakes.

“They brought me some of my favourite stories to play and they did an amazing job building a company,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate the way that it ended. Certainly we’re working very hard not to make similar mistakes.”

The new Telltale Games will be based in Malibu, California. Freelance opportunities are available for former staff, though no full-time positions are currently available.