God Of War Director Calls On Telltale To Do Right By Its Employees

"Treating others with respect is not a law, but how great would the world be for our kids if it were."

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Telltale Games has announced that it found multiple potential partners who could help the studio complete and release the remaining two episodes in The Walking Dead: The Final Season. The announcement has seen a mixed reaction.

Some say they are happy that The Walking Dead: The Final Season could be completed, while others are dismayed that Telltale is choosing to go ahead and finish it without so many of the developers who worked on it. According to reports, Telltale laid off more than 200 staffers without any severance pay, leading to a rally on social media and elsewhere of people calling on Telltale to do right by its employees. That side has now received a big jolt of prominence, as God of War director and industry veteran Cory Barlog has called on Telltale to make things right with its now former employees.

"I would hope this means that you will first pay your entire team their severance, and then proceed to finish the final episodes," Barlog wrote on Twitter. "I would be fine waiting however long it took to ensure we first treated those who worked so hard with the humanity and respect they deserve."

Someone pointed out that it is unknown if Telltale employees affected by the layoffs had terms in their contracts that included guaranteed severance pay. Even if this wasn't in their contracts, Barlog said he hopes the decision-makers are respectful enough to do right by their employees during a hard time.

"I think what I am suggesting is that when you look people in the eye and ask for their best, to come together and create something great, you should take on that task as well," he said. "Treating others with respect is not a law, but how great would the world be for our kids if it were."

There is no word on who the mysterious potential partners are that Telltale could work with to complete The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Telltale was upfront about how it is making no promises about the final season, adding that even if Episodes Three and Four are released, they might only come out "in some form."

Everything about the Telltale situation appears to be a developing story, so keep checking back with GameSpot for more.

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To be fair, if they get the money to finish the season, it needs to go to finishing the season. I’d be pissed if I invested for a purpose and they spent it on something else (regardless of good intentions). Plus they need to pay of creditors and partners first. Its kinda impossible to pay severance with money they don’t have.

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Telling them to "do right" is all well and good, but where is the money for it going to come from? If there's none left, there's none left.

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@Thanatos2k: You are spot on here. They have creditors to pay and may be getting funding to finish the game. It isn’t funding to pay out severance to employees previously let go. It sucks, but this is how bankruptcy goes...

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@Thanatos2k: I dunno, Thanatos2K. Liquidation? ?‍♂️

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@asnakeneverdies: Yeah but the proceeds of a liquidation always go to the owed creditors first. And that's likely going to be more debt than the liquidation provides, given they had to shut down.

But it'll soon be bargain basement for their IPs! Anyone want A Wolf Among Us for a few hundred thousand???

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@Thanatos2k: Oh, Thanatos2K, you hellion you! ?

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@asnakeneverdies: Oh sorry for assuming you were actually trying to discuss something.

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@Thanatos2k: Nah, I was just after the sassy exchange. Don't sweat it, Thanatos2K! ?

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@Thanatos2k: Glad I'm not the only one who thought that... severance pay may be a few thousand each but x250 that's a pretty huge sum of money.

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Maybe Cory Barlog could be the new partner and put his money where his mouth is. He would certainly be magnanimous and lauded for his actions, not just his words. To quote a dying game company-

Choices affect gameplay.

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Almost like game developers should unionise...

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I agree that those that got laid off get some kind of severance pay for the work they done if all can helped.

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Good for Balrog. I've never been a God of War fan but it makes me want to buy it just to support good devs like him. We need more people like that in the industry.

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Yeah that's business. They ask everything and in the end they don't give a damn. Did anyone really expect something else?

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@tyrii: "Things are shit. Let's not expect things to improve or make any effort to improve them. STATUS QUO, BITCHES!"

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@hrv_25: I already said I'm going in Full Homo, you nugget. You can guess that it's probably not just a 2 or a 3.

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@Berserk8989: why don't you tweet him this offer?

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@Berserk8989: LOL

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@Berserk8989: damn!

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