LGC Entertainment resurrects Telltale Games… sort of

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Telltale Games returns

A company called LGC Entertainment has acquired Telltale Games’ assets and is poised to resurrect the stricken adventure game developer.

LGC Entertainment’s acquisition followed six months of negotiations with an unnamed holding company and was supported by Athlon Games, which will distribute future Telltale games. The deal brings just two original IPs that were owned by Telltale: Batman and The Wolf Among Us. Intellectual properties which Telltale turned into games before it went bust, such as The Walking Dead, Borderlands, Game of Thrones and Minecraft, have reverted to their owners, rendering prospects of the reconstituted Telltale Games bringing them back, remote, at least at present.

Polygon managed to interview LGC Entertainment, who revealed that the new Telltale Games will be headed up by Jamie Ottilie and Brian Waddle. Ottilie is best known as the founder and CEO of mobile developer Galaxy Pest Control, while Waddle’s CV includes a stint running sales and marketing for the Havok physics engine; neither was previously employed by Telltale Games.

Ottilie told Polygon that: “We’re still evaluating, but we definitely want to continue some of the stories.” However, Telltale definitely won’t be adding further episodes and chapters to The Walking Dead, whose rights have reverted to Skybound, which is planning its own new installments.

As we reported, Telltale Games went bust in September 2018, with over 200 employees losing their jobs. Ottilie told Polygon that he is determined that the new Telltale Games won’t repeat the mistakes that led to the original company’s closure: “They brought me some of my favorite stories to play and they did an amazing job building a company. It’s unfortunate the way that it ended. Certainly, we’re working very hard not to make similar mistakes.”

The new company will be based in Malibu, California. For more information, keep an eye on its website.

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