Popular adventure video game developer Telltale experienced huge layoffs this week.
The company is most famous for its adventure games such as Batman, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead. Their business model has included acquiring licenses from large franchises and weaving a story into a narrative heavy video game. According to Telltale, the company has laid off about ninety employees. They laid off these employees through a new “comprehensive company restructure” strategy. This quantifies to about twenty-five percent of its total employees.
What departments are affected?
All divisions have been affected by these changes. According to a recent press release, the company plans to focus more on quality in the years ahead. Subsequently, it states that Telltale will try to be more competitive in the industry as both a developer and a publisher.
CEO Pete Hawley had this to say regarding the issue:
“Our industry has shifted in tremendous ways over the past few years. The realities of the environment we face moving forward demand we evolve, as well, reorienting our organization with a focus on delivering fewer, better games with a smaller team.”
Winds of Change?
This implies that the company may focus on the gameplay of its games. Although Telltale has been fighting to keep the episodic adventure genre alive, games are now capable of incorporating both narrative and heavy interactive gameplay in their experiences.
Some have ridiculed Telltale for its lack of entertaining in-game mechanics. Additionally, many believe Telltale’s focus is too heavily dependent on story through aging technology.
Hawley showed his admiration for his team in the statement that followed:
“I’d like to express our respect for all the contributions that these incredibly talented artists, storytellers, and more have made to this company, and that this decision is in no way a reflection on the quality or dedication of their work.”
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