[CNN intro music] Man: “THIS IS CNN BREAKING NEWS” SPECIAL NEWS REPORTING! This has just come in. The Walking Dead developer, Telltale, hit with devastating layoffs as part of a ‘majority studio closure.’ Telltale games is SHUTTING DOWN! I’m Poppy Harlow, and you’re watching the special news reported [report] of Pew News. The most trusted news source of all…ᵘⁿᶦᵛᵉʳˢᵉ [Pew News intro music] Thank you for tuning in live on this special news report. Telltale Games is ShUtTiN dOWN They made a statement saying; “A small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners” Telltale Games which, of course, has made such popular games, like, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Wolf Among Us’ and this means a layoff of 225 people That’s a lotta people. But they “Will fulfill the obligations to its board and partners.” They JUST released ‘Walking Dead: The Final Season’, Episode 2 is supposed to come out next week! But apparently, they’re not gonna finish it. We’re not gonna get the end of Clementine; the final story. Most likely they’re not gonna release Episode 3 and 4. Uh- what will they release, however, to appease their board and partners? MiNeCrEfT Yea, that’s right, Netflix “Minecraft: The Story” At least we will have that. Thank you, Telltale. So what happens to everyone that bought The Walking Dead Final Season? AEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH no A lot of people were very sad and upset about this. Obviously, it’s a big problem. A lot of people lost their job; that’s never something to be celebrated. Brandon, who is one of the developers on Telltale said *reads tweet* He’s not getting even a severage(severance?) package people are just let go uh- out of nowhere Apparently, people even- uh -relocated cross-country and they were hiring people 2 weeks before this announcement. ʰᵒʷ ᶜʳᵃᶻʸ ᶦˢ ᵗʰᵃᵗˀ Way to keep people in the dark. The good news out of all of this is that a lot of big companies have reached out and said, “Hey, don’t worry, we got you.” Blizzard reached out, “Anyone that is looking for a new job.” Twitch reached out, same sentiment. DICE reached out , Paradox reached out, Epic Games reached out, Naughty Dog made a statement, HALO, Ubisoft, PLAYER UNKNOWN All these, big, big developing companies are opening their doors and uh- that’s great. I think- Yes, it sucks that a lot of people got- lost their job, but if this is how they treat their employees anyway, then I’m sure they’ll be better off I know it sucks now but- Telltale’s Walking Dead: Season One was HUGE for my channel, a big chapter for my career, even. When we played it, it was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done because we got to share this amazing experience- with a huge pack of people that enjoyed it an equal amount. And just sharing that as a group was incredible… and being so invested in the characters that in the end you were even crying (oh we were the ones crying, Felix?) And i think a lot of people were so emotionally invested as well that they did the same thing. I’m super thankful for that, and i will never forget that. *stutters* I’m so glad I had that experience And even Season Two, I thought, was great; I loved it as well. as a fan of the- uhh- the series- to see it go down like this doesn’t make me sad, it makes me really, really disappointed Coz I’m mostly critical of things , not bec- out of nowhere, but because i know they can do better. I knew they can do better than this. That’s why I’m so… I’m upset. I’m pissed off. Even 2 years ago, when i played The Walking Dead: Michonne, this was my reaction. *sigh* *music* I’m really disappointed; I think you could tell already; very very very very disappointed. Why was I so disappointed? Well because the whole experience was completely lackluster- in -compared with what they did in Season One. Do I expect them to top what they did originally every single time? Absolutely not. But to constantly introduce new characters over and over and over, to then just be met with an ending that felt like- it -nothing really mattered. I- it’s upsetting. Game of Thrones- I didn’t even bother finishing. Batman- I didn’t even continue playing because I wasn’t invested enough. They released so many games; two seasons of Minecraft, Walking dead Michonne, Walking dead-all the DLCs, Guardians of the Galaxy it ruined your eagerness to play more, which is such a shame because they did do really good games. And I know it sounds a bit- uhhh -childish to have that sentiment, but I think a lot of people agree with it. They’ve just made too many games instead of focusing on the really good ones. [The] Wolf Among Us was a series a lot of people were excited about; that was *five* years ago, and now we will *never* see it because of all these bad decisions. They kept adding new characters to everything. How- how many characters from the original season of the walking dead- which everyone played; so many people played. How many are left in the last season, just Season Three. ONE. It’s Clementine. Everyone else is gone. How many people lasted from The Walking Dead DLCs ZERO. How many people from Walking Dead: Michonne- all those characters that spent so many times trying to pick the right choices for- How many of those characters are in Season Three? NONE They just keep giving you more and more characters and after a while, you just don’t care. Combine that with way too many games, You-you’re just not invested anymore. Their engine has not been improved on until now. It’s such a shame as well because it seems like they’re finally picking up their mistakes now, when it’s clearly too late. Their engine is incredibly buggy The lip-syncing is terrible, which takes you out of the immersion. The graphic will just drop out of nowhere. You’ll see characters appearing in the background an disappearing And just- uhh – just awkward movements in general. It’s just bad. And then finally, the illusions of a choice When you play TWD the first text that appears is, *reads what’s on screen* This is… not true. It’s simply not true. I think most people know by now that when you play through a Telltale game, the ending will be exactly the same, no matter what choices you make. But- people didn’t know this when they played Season One. You had that illusion of that you had a choice. When it said that, “Clementine feels hurt,” and people said “Restart the entire game.” I think people share that sentiment. They were like, “I really want to get the best outcome. I really care about these characters, so I’m going to try my best to really pick the best outcome But the more games they pump out, the more you realize it’s just the same ending no matter what. And sometimes it was so transparent that you didn’t even have to keep playing for more than a second to realize that your choice didn’t even matter. In game: “Do something!” “Stop!” “Dammit Zachary, Now who is taking things too far!” “What, I didn’t- I- I-”
“Outside, now” Pewds: Well, that was completely pointless. It made no difference anyway. This is a reoccurring theme through Telltale games, and the more you notice it, the more it’s impossible to miss. Now, Telltale has dealt with this criticism for a long time and a lot of people have different opinions about it. Some- from PC Gamer, for example, saying *reads on screen* While I saw other articles, previously criticizing telltale, saying that, “Telltale needs to add consequence to out actions, so I can sit on the edge of my seat again, and make heart-wrenching decisions that matter. We know what actually the majority thinks because now they’re shutting down coz not enough people want to buy their games anymore. Because people don’t feel that same way and engagement with them. And we know it’s not impossible to execute these interactive choices of [in] games. We’ve seen it now in Detroit: Become Human, where how many different outcomes- you get to see all of them. You understand that you can play the game very differently If a character doesn’t actually like you- if Hank will remember that- he will actually remember that, and it will change the story of the game and the outcome of the ending that you get. So a lot of people had been saying on twitter- blaming let’s players for the fact that the company is shutting down, which is not true. You have a lot of story games- uhh, being more popular than ever. You have “Stranger Things,” (lmao) for example, which literally saved the company by releasing a game in a very much same style as TWD. You have Quantic Dream doing a purely story based game, doing great. And even if a game is a story with no interaction whatsoever, like visual novels, it will still drive attention to the game and people will still want to experience it purely by themselves. I think the people that just decide to watch it aren’t gonna buy the game, regardless So it doesn’t really matter, you’re not adding a sale to these people, but you’re not taking one away anyway. I found TWD through other let’s players, and I think they know that it was big for their game- that people played it online. Some other games apparently were really good, like Batman and Borderlands. People said that those were incredible. But all these bad games like Walking Dead: Michonne just ruins it for everyone. And the thing is, they made games before Walking Dead. It was just that Walking Dead was their big hit. That’s what really made them take off, but it was also technically their downfall. I’m so confident things could’ve been differently [different]. And that’s why I’m not sad. I’m just disappointed. I don’t know who makes the decisions in the studio, but it seems like they have all kinds of strange internal conflict. The former CEO apparently sued Telltale Games or tried to. The developers saying that they knew about all the issues and all the criticisms that I probably already brought up. They tried to do the best, but most likely it’s not the developer’s fault, it’s the people making the decisions of the company, the company itself. So I hope all of the developers can find new homes; I’m sure they will. It seems like a lot of people reached out, which I’m very happy about. I’m sad; I’m let down that we won’t see the end of Clementine. I think that’s such a… such a shame. What a waste. I am incredibly thankful for what Walking dead did for my channel- that Telltale Games. And it was such a great experience that I’m very very thankful for. And to everyone that watched me playing those games- Thank you for sharing those memories with me. I think it was incredible. And the ones that experienced it, probably felt the same way. And I think that’s why I’m so emotionally invested into this. That’s why I’m so upset even though for most people, they don’t even care. I don’t know. What do you guys think about this? What’s your take on it? I wanted to summarize everything as good as I can because- uh- that’s what I like to do. Hope it was enjoyable. I’ll see you guys tomorrow. Bye~ *outro*

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  1. Man i watched this video twice since pewds uploaded it last year it’s really upsetting and i can’t seem to get over the idea that we won’t see twau anymore or new games with the unique art style and creative storyline i am a telltale fan but what pewds said is true especially about the illusion of choice…. rip telltale the fans will remember that

  2. "I'm upset that I won't get to finish Clementine's story…."
    (Proceeds to not play the final episode of Clementine's story one year later)

  3. If telltale went bankrupt, that means no season 2 of the wolf among us, no tales of the borderlands finale, AND NO MORE WAKING DEAD!!!!NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. really peaked pie the GoT you didn’t finish that was like 90% of everyone’s favourite telltale game man don’t be lacking in that wolf shit

  5. NOOOOOOOOOOOO pls dont shut down TWD game is the best i played tht game so much and idfc if gets old it will still be the best and clementine has to be in s5 if they do make a s5 if she isnt they just messed the whole game up

  6. RIP Minecraft Story Mode, The Walking Dead, Batman, Game Of Thrones, Just every game from Telltale.

  7. My kid, aged 9, cried when he found out that Telltales shutdown. He has been playing/watching Walking Dead since he was small, following Lee, Clementine etc etc, rewatching the episodes multiple times. That was like a chock for him.

  8. Well I bet I'll be rich enough to help Telltale or other companies or idk if money could help or not
    Whatever… Screw it, I don't know what to do anymore. My favorite company isn't able to keep up and I'm done 😢😭😔💔🖤

  9. Don't worry, my people.Even though TellTale Games is gone,The Legacy of the game is still here,and we must Continue it.

  10. Pewds I don't want a shout out. I what you to make a video telling the Life Is Strange company to buy Telltale

  11. Well as we all didn't know back then following the closure of Telltalle, I'm happy that Skybound stepped up to finish and conclude the Clementine storyline just a couple of months ago.

  12. Telltale was the last glimmer of real organic and weighted storytelling in video games. Now everything just feels hollowed and hardly real. Nothing felt more consequential than those games, and at some points, life didn't feel as real as some Telltale games. It's still heartbreaking to see their fall, and eventually to see them defunct. But I will forever be grateful for what they did

  13. I mean, in Tales from the Borderlands, the choices you made in episode 1 affected episode 5, such as like if you decided to let Felix live, you could pick him in episode 5

  14. “Telltale is ending and won’t make Minecraft story mode season 3 or any other games”

    Me : “Fine, I’ll do myself”

  15. Pewdiepie then: hates that Minecraft story mode was made instead of walking dead

    Pewdiepie now : yyyyaaaaaaaayyyyyy

  16. Telltale made the worse choices for the walking dead previous seasons they kinda deserved to get shut down the person who said the ideas deserved this not the employees

  17. batman 1 and 2 michone marvel minecraft was sucks they have should consider maybe GOT season 2 or borderlands 2 or continiue twd I dont know byt this is sucks really this compony was my favorite I was fan of them when twd season 1 was released I was child those days was my best days I cant feel this thing anymore twd season 3 was good but it wasnt been hit I really got sorry normally I dont feel sorry for anyone could they take donation or something I think we can help them out and request GOT 2 or continiue where they left on wolf among us I miss bogby and that bitch properly their fate gonna be like nokia 🙁

  18. I also feel disappointed pewds Because The Walking Dead it should have ended after season 1 Because after that one the series Was just the same thing every time it was clementine finding a new group right after the other one had just been killed and it was the same thing every time that’s why I think The Walking Dead series should have ended after season one

  19. Detroit become human was everything telltale should have been and what everyone expected from telltale
    so what can we learn from this……………

    Quantic Dream > telltale

  20. I think you're right. The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, Life Is Strange, Minecraft: Story Mode, they're all are part of my favourite games category and that's because they're have been created by Telltale Games. I'm sad, but always disappointed. They made the wrong choices.

  21. Barely finding out about this and I’m like WHY?! I loved how they made games that told a story and we controlled the choices of what to say. Sad how they are gone, I hope Skybound continues and fixes Telltales mistakes

  22. Pewdiepie telltale is back this is not fake news pew news domthebomb made a video saying that telltale is revived and they will finish season and they will make season 2 of the wolf amongs us and season 2 of game of thrones and a game of strangers thing and a season three of batman

  23. BREAKING NEWS Telltale Gams respawned on the last checkpoint. 11 Months after shutting down Telltale Games is back after having their assets bought.

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