Last week’s surprising round of mass layoffs at Walking Dead developer Telltale Games will likely mean a premature end to the game series’ fourth and final set of downloadable episodes, according to the actor who voices the game’s main character.
Voice actor Melissa Hutchison, who plays protagonist Clementine in the long-running Walking Dead series, issued a lengthy and emotional message to fans on Twitter over the weekend, saying she isn’t privy to the decisionmaking process that led to the layoffs, but that she expects her involvement in The Walking Dead: The Final Season to end with the release of the second episode — instead of making it through all four of the saga-concluding episodes that had been planned.
Crediting her experience with Telltale for providing her with the chance to voice “one of the strongest, most iconic, most bad ass, and most loved characters in the world,” Hutchison nevertheless said she’s saddened that she doesn’t expect the story to reach the finish line.
‘To my knowledge, they will release Episode 2 and then that will be it. It hurts me that you, the fans, will not get to see Clem's journey through to the end,” she posted.
First launched in 2012 and continuing through last month’s release of the first installment in the current The Walking Dead: The Final Season, Telltale’s gaming counterpart to the hit AMC show has garnered near-universal acclaim from critics, and sits alongside the developer’s lengthy list of other well-received games based on entertainment franchises like Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman, and Jurassic Park. Telltale’s staffing woes also appear to cut short development on planned games based on Netflix’s Stranger Things, as well as The Wolf Among Us.