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Telltale Games Hit With Massive Layoffs, Will Finish The Walking Dead



Telltale Walking Dead

Telltale Games, the developer who popularized episodic games with titles such as The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands, look to be closing its doors.

The shocking news comes from a report via Gamasutra after some of the studio’s developers stated the narrative-known studio is shutting down. Little is known as to why the studio is shutting down, but the story is developing.

Telltale is in the midst of  The Walking Dead‘s final season of content, so this news has come at a total shock to the industry. The developer has confirmed that it will keep a skeleton crew of about 25 employees to finish off the project, with the remaining 225 laid off.

Telltale had also recently confirmed new episodic narratives taking place in the Stranger Things universe as well as a second season of The Wolf Among Us. As of today, the aforementioned titles are effectively cancelled.

The developer went through restructuring earlier this year, but signs of foreclosure were not known until today. Some staff were laid off last November, and its previous CEO, Kevin Bruner, filed a lawsuit in June for recovery of damages.

While no official confirmation of the shutdown has been revealed, a layoff of 90% of staff and a cancellation of all long-term projects is not a good sign. Whether this shutdown will be impacting Telltale Publishing remains to be seen also.

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Layers of Fear 2 Launching Late Next Month



Layers of Fear 2

Layers of Fear 2 has been talked about for a while now and is finally coming late next month.

Announced today by publisher Gun Media, the sequel to the psychological romp through artistic ego Layers of Fear is set to launch May 28 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Gameplay-wise, the sequel looks to cover similar ground as its predecessor. As a first-person psychological horror with “an emphasis on exploration and story,” players meander through heavily-scripted set-pieces while solving puzzles and being scared a whole lot.

Layers of Fear 2, though, will be swapping the paintbrush for the dizzying heights of Hollywood. According to the game’s Steam synopsis, players “control a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner.”

Stifled by their own acting ambitions, the protagonist finds themselves alone and marooned on an increasingly nightmarish boat. The game’s unnamed protagonist must navigate their own past and the challenges the director sets them to unlock the secret to not just the film they are starring in, but their own motivations.

The original Layers of Fear was a captivating take on modern, story-driven horror, so the sequel’s inventive premise and greater scope are welcomed. While the sequel is embarking to a radically different setting, the title looks likely to recapture the original’s claustrophobic, atmospheric level design.

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