In one more twist in the circuitous tale of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, it appears that the last few episodes of the final season are being published by Epic, which in turn makes them exclusive to the Epic Games Store for new purchases on PC.
The game’s final chapters were in limbo when Telltale Games closed down abruptly, providing no severance or even any warning to the company’s 275 employees. The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s company, Skybound, re-assembled most of development team under the “Still Not Bitten” banner to finish the episodes off. It now appears Epic had some hand in getting the developers back together for the finale.
“The team at Epic owns a major chapter in the history of the game industry,” said Skybound president Dan Murray and Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe in a joint-statement released to the press. “We’re excited to work together on their latest transformative event with the launch of the Epic Games Store. Epic stepped up to the plate immediately to work with us in order to bring the original team back together and ensure fans will receive the completed season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season.”
What this means in a practical sense is, if you have already purchased The Walking Dead: The Final Season on Steam or some other online store, you’ll still get the remaining episodes on your store of choice. Console platforms, meaning PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch are also entirely unaffected. On PC, however, if you haven’t purchased the season yet, Epic Games Store is your only available vector to do so.
The next episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Seasons releases on January 15. Telltale has begun bankruptcy proceedings and is currently being sued for violation of labor laws by former employees.