Skybound Games expects to have The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 out before the end of the year.
When Telltale shut their doors last month, we thought that was it for their highly successful and critically acclaimed game-version of The Walking Dead. What’s worse, since the studio closed just after the second episode dropped, and that episode ended in a terrible cliffhanger, it seemed that fans would never know what would become of their stalwart heroes.
Now it looks like we might see a happy ending (or at least some kind of ending) for The Walking Dead after all.
In a Reddit AMA, Skyboud Games CEO Ian Howe paired up with Telltale’s former Final Season creative director Kent Mudle to dish on how they plan to bring the series to a close.
“Given that you guys have been so supportive and patient, I’m going out on a limb and will say yes, I fully expect Episode 3 to be [released] this year,” wrote Ian. “I’ll be very disappointed if we can’t make that happen."
Before Telltale closed, Episode 3: Broken Toys was in final production. All the animation, voice work, and actual gameplay had already been completed, and the development team were just nailing down bugs before getting the episode ready for shipping.
Howe went on to explain that it would be the same Telltale writers at the helm and that the game will be made “100% of former Telltale staff,” with Kent Mudle still at the helm.
“I met over 40 of them last week to discuss our plans moving forward,” he said. “They know what we’re trying to do, and as soon as the lawyers have done their thing, we’ll be able to speak more openly."
While Episode 3 is looking close to a sure thing, Episode 4 is more up in the air. The final episode of The Final Season was still in pre-production when Telltale folded, and nobody is currently working on it due to ongoing legal issues. Hopefully that can all be squared away to provide fans with the series finale they all deserve.