Robert Kirkman announced that the final episodes of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be released via his company, Skybound, during The Walking Dead panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday.
"We’ve successfully negotiated with Telltale Games for our company Skybound to come in and see Season 4 of the Telltale game to completion,” Kirkman said.
According to a statement from Skybound, the company has "taken ownership of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season and will finish the season. Skybound will work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story in a way the fans deserve. Skybound will continue to update fans on the status of the game on Skybound.com, Twitter, and Facebook."
Kirkman previously hinted that there may be hope for the Telltale Games property at his panel Thursday: "Just stay tuned. Everybody involved is trying to make sure Clementine's story is told. It's a very unfortunate situation, but hopefully we will come out of it in some kind of positive way. I am not concerned at the moment with having to tell the story in comic book form because I'm hoping that the games will eventually be completed."
On September 21, Telltale Games announced that it would be shuttering its doors with a "majority studio closure." At the time, the company had kept on 25 of its employees to work on Minecraft: Story Mode for Netflix, though that small team has reportedly since been laid off as well. Employees were reportedly told to leave the building within 30 minutes of being laid off, and were informed they wouldn't be receiving severance or health insurance.
The unexpected closure, which came on the heels of a failed round of financing for Telltale, left many of the studio's titles canceled or in limbo. The most notable of these was Telltale's The Walking Dead series, which had recently launched the beginning of its hyped Final Season; in fact, Chapter Two still came out on September 25, even after the studio's closure.
However, Telltale pulled The Final Season from stores only a day later, saying in a statement to The Verge that it is "still working to find a way to hand off production of episodes 3 and 4 so that the season can be completed" and "the outcome of those efforts will determine when and how The Final Season returns to stores."
This announcement that Skybound will complete the final two chapters of The Walking Dead: The Final Season is in line with a recent report from Kotaku, which said Telltale was looking for another company to hire its former employees on a "contract basis." Kotaku's report also claimed Episode 3 is "essentially finished," with some voice work already done on Episode 4.
Skybound, which is best known for its comics division, announced a new game publishing division in April. The company has been getting increasingly more involved in the video game space in recent years, having released titles such as The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, Superfight and Giant Cop: Justice Above All. Skybound Entertainment also created a video game adaptation of Kirkman's Thief of Thieves.
Kirkman made the announcement of Skybound taking over The Walking Dead: The Final Season during The Walking Dead's New York Comic Con panel, commenting that the world "can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year." The panel did say its farewells to Lincoln's Rick Grimes, though: Lincoln revealed his last scene to the audience.