There is no doubt that one of the saddest and most controversial stories of 2018 was the closure of Telltale studios, which resulted in over 250 employees losing their jobs back in September. Then, the company laid off the remaining staff as a full liquidation was underway. Things got ugly very quickly, as most of those employees who were now without employment launched a class-action lawsuit against Telltale, for not receiving any severance pay, and only had health insurance till the end of that month.
While the livelihood of those affected by this was the most important thing, let’s not forget that all of the games that were in development were essentially canceled, including The Walking Dead: The Final Season, which had already released two episodes. Luckily, Skybound Entertainment, which is run by The Walking Dead’s creator, Robert Kirkman, came in to save the series, and as of last month, began producing the final episodes for the season. Finally, there seems to be some light at the end of this dark tunnel, as the company has announced that the next installment of the series, Episode 3: Broken Toys, will launch for all platforms on January 15, 2019.
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) December 8, 2018
The announcement came with a brand new trailer, narrated by Season 1’s beloved main protagonist, Lee. While it doesn’t go into any details of the stories plot, it paints a somber picture of the state of Clementine, AJ, and the rest of the group, while also gives us hope that they might end up surviving in the end. In the blog post, Skybound’s Social Media Manager, Johnny O’Dell, stated that “We’re extremely thankful to the team working on this game to make sure the season is finished with the quality the game and the fans deserve. We are #stillnotbitten.”
Still not bitten referring to Clementine being one of the few people in the series to not be bitten by a Walker. O’Dell goes on to mention that The Walking Dead: The Final Season’s previous episodes, Done Running and Suffer the Children, are back on “almost all platforms”, as they were removed from all digital storefronts following Telltales liquidation. There was no information given on the Final Episode, but we can safely assume that Skybound will work on that once Episode 3 is released.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 launches on January 15, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
You can check out the reveal trailer here: