The final season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead is no longer for sale. According to the game’s GoG page, Telltale requested “a temporary pause of sales.” The game can’t be purchased on Steam or via console either.
Last week, the company suddenly laid off around 250 employees as part of what it called a “majority studio closure.” Staff were let go without severance. A small crew of 25 remains at the company to “to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.” In a statement to The Verge, the company says it has removed season passes from stores “for the time being.”
“We’re currently still working to find a way to hand off production of episodes 3 and 4 so that the season can be completed,” a spokesperson says. “The outcome of those efforts will determine when and how The Final Season returns to stores. We hope to have a firm announcement before the end of the week. For now, we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Although most of Telltale’s projects have effectively been canceled, the future of The Walking Dead’s final season — which kicked off just last month — has been especially turbulent. On Twitter, some laid-off Telltale developers mourned that they wouldn’t be able to finish the game’s story. Telltale announced on September 24th, however, that potential partners have expressed “interest in helping to see The Final Season through to completion.”
Responses across the game industry have been varied. Many have voiced anger or disappointment that the studio is putting emphasis on finishing the season, rather than paying its employees severance.
Episode 2 of The Walking Dead’s final season launched this week.
Update September 26th 2:47PM ET: This article has been updated with Telltale’s statement.