The decision from the developers will result in laying off roughly 90 employees from the company, something that Telltale Games is referring to as a “comprehensive company restructuring.” Part of the reasoning for the restructuring efforts stems from Telltale’s intentions to “make the company more competitive as a developer and publisher of groundbreaking story-driven gaming experiences with an emphasis on high quality in the years ahead,” according to a company statement.
If you’ve been looking forward to a game that’s coming from Telltale Games, you can rest easier knowing that the cuts aren’t expected to affect any of the developer’s projects that have been previously announced. However, you can likely expect fewer games to come from the developer in the future with the company announcing that it’s going to be focusing on delivering higher-quality titles with a smaller team while spacing the games out more.
“Our industry has shifted in tremendous ways over the past few years,” said Telltale Games CEO Pete Hawley. “The realities of the environment we face moving forward demand we evolve, as well, reorienting our organization with a focus on delivering fewer, better games with a smaller team.”
The CEO also expressed respect for those that have lost their jobs and said that Telltale Games plans on assisting them with this transition.
Hawley took over the CEO position for Telltale Games back in September when it was announced that the former CEO, Dan Connors, would be stepping down. Connors was one of the cofounders that helped start Telltale Games, and Hawley was formerly an executive for Zynga before moving to Telltale Games.
No details were provided on which titles we’d be seeing fewer games for, but it did say that it was making plans to move the company’s development process “over to more proven technologies that will fast-track innovation in its core products.”
The developers are responsible for numerous visual story-based games that include adaptations of massive titles like Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Walking Dead.