The studio’s assets have been purchased by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle, two game industry executives without a prior connection to Telltale. The duo now wants to monetize Telltale’s existing catalog, and develop new titles that follow Telltale’s proven model of story-based episodic gaming. They told Polygon that they were looking to rehire some of Telltale’s staff on a freelance basis, but keep the company small for the coming months.
However, Telltale won’t be able to keep working on some its best-known franchises. The rights to “The Walking Dead” are now owned by Skybound, and the rights to Netflix titles reverted back to the streaming giant. In addition to the “Minecraft” interactive adventure, Telltale had also been tapped to develop a “Stranger Things” game for Netflix.
The new Telltale will have the rights to some of the other franchises it worked on in the past, including back-catalog rights to “The Wolf Among Us” and “Batman,” according to Polygon. The company also owns the full rights to its own IP.
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