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Original Team Members Resume Development on The Walking Dead: The Final Season

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Fans of Telltale’s The Walking Dead series can breathe a little easier today after Skybound Entertainment announced that development on the stalled project is finally set to resume.

Following weeks of uncertainty, Skybound has given official confirmation that the final season of the award-winning series will be completed. Development is set to be picked up by franchise creator Robert Kirkman’s multimedia entertainment studio Skybound, with the help of former Telltale staffers.

A statement on the Skybound Entertainment website explains that significant legal and logistical hurdles slowed things down initially, but with these out of the way, development is set to resume in full force, effective immediately.

“Thank you for your patience while we worked with Telltale to take control of Telltale’s The Walking Dead. It’s been a ton of work logistically and legally to get us to a place where we’re able to roll up our sleeves and get to the actual work. After Telltale shut its doors, the game was, unfortunately, unable to be worked on and hence the release dates of Episodes Three and Four have been delayed. But, we’re excited to let you know that many of the talented, passionate team members who originally worked on the game are resuming development efforts today!”

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Skybound’s statement leaves unclear exactly how many of the original Telltale Games team are back to work on the project. In a recent Reddit AMA, Skybound CEO Ian Howe stated his intent to finish the series exclusively with the help of former Telltale staff members. “The plan is for it to be staffed 100% by former Telltale staff, the only time we’d look elsewhere is if we can’t fill a particular role from former TT people,” he said. 

Shortly after today’s announcement, former lead writer and narrative designer at Telltale Games, James Windeler announced he is among those working on the final episodes. Windeler noted on Twitter that thanks to Skybound, he was “back in the old office today to finish out Clementine’s story.”

In today’s statement, Skybound promised that release dates for the final episodes will follow shortly, and warned that while previous seasons of The Walking Dead may be unavailable to purchase for a few days during the transition, things will return to normal quickly. Additionally, users who have already purchased season four will not need to do so again, and future episodes will be available to download immediately from your digital storefront of choice.

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In late September, the gaming industry was shocked when Telltale Games suffered a sudden and devastating round of layoffs, eventually leading to the company’s closure, and throwing the future of the final season of The Walking Dead into doubt. In the weeks that followed, Telltale released a statement informing concerned gamers that multiple potential partners had expressed interest in helping see the final season through to its end.

Skybound Entertainment was co-founded by Walking Dead franchise creator Robert Kirkman. The company has a major hand in the production of a vast array of multimedia projects, from comics to games, books, television shows, and movies, including AMC’s The Walking Dead, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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