The gaming market can be aggressive and brutal with companies going down within a year of opening, but every now and then, they make a comeback. One such company is Telltale Games, which has been revived with a few million in its startup budget. This money will go to fund new games using the company’s signature narrative and visual style. It’ll also go toward work on sequels for some of the studio’s most recognized IPs. The studio has not always had the smoothest track record when it comes to working structure and title success. However, it’s safe to say that they already have an audience for their return.
Telltale Games is Back with a Budget and Ideas
When it comes to game companies, Telltale Games had some decent longevity due. It was founded in 2004 and operated nearly 15 years before closing its doors in 2018. However, it appears that the company has found fresh support in publisher Skybound Entertainment.
According to Game Developer, Skybound Entertainment is responsible for leading a round of funding which has contributed to Telltale Games receiving a generous 8 million dollars for upcoming projects. This includes an all-new sci-fi series called The Expanse and a sequel to the popular The Wolf Among Us.
While there is debate on whether the Telltale Games library falls under traditional gaming, it no doubt built an audience interested in storytelling. The most popular series to come out from the studio was The Walking Dead. It was an original story told in the universe based on the comics of the same name. Another comic-based title was the aforementioned The Wolf Among Us from the Fables series. Naturally, it’s one which the studio hopes to continue with The Wolf Among Us 2. The team has also tackled other game series with one-off titles like Tales from the Borderlands, set entirely in the Borderlands game universe. CEO Jamie Ottile referred to this gameplay style as “transmedia entertainment” and they’re looking to continue with it.
Telltale Games experienced success for quite a while. Ultimately, it was forced to shut down due to stretching themselves too thin with expensive licensed IPs. Thanks to Skybound Entertainment, they’ve been given a second chance and some solid funding to pick up with they left off.