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Gaming: Telltale faces lawsuit; Just Cause 4 gets a villain; Switch Online clears up cloud saving

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Sep 25, 2018

The immediate aftermath of the saga of Telltale Games is a gloomy one, with last week’s mass layoffs casting doubt on the certain futures of the final few installments in the critically-lauded Walking Dead series, as well as a planned Telltale version of a Stranger Things game. 

Now some of the approximately 250 staff members who lost their jobs in the mass layoff are reportedly filing a class action lawsuit against the company, accusing Telltale of violating both federal and California laws concerning advance notice before terminating an employee.

Via Polygon, one Telltale ex-employee filed the suit on behalf of himself and his colleagues Monday in federal court in California, alleging that the company violated the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, as well as California employment law, by failing to give the employees advance written notice of their imminent termination.

The WARN Act requires most employers with 100 or more full-time staff to provide 60 days’ notice in the event of mass layoffs affecting 50 or more employees.

Telltale, meanwhile, said Tuesday it was working with outside suitors to assure the release of the final two episodes of its current Walking Dead series —  The Walking Dead: The Final Season. “While we can’t make any promises today,” the company tweeted, “we are actively working toward a solution that will allow episodes 3 and 4 to be completed and released in some form.”

Telltale’s remaining 25 employees may never be involved in developing a Stranger Things game for the company, but that doesn’t mean the Upside Down project won’t find a landing spot elsewhere. Netflix said in a statement to SYFY WIRE Monday that it’s “in the process of evaluating other options for bringing the Stranger Things universe to life in an interactive medium.”

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With the release of Just Cause 4 slightly more than two months off, Square Enix is beginning to ramp up the marketing machine for its next open-world installment in the adventures of Rico Rodriguez. 

New villain Gabriela Morales makes her franchise debut in the all-new “Rico’s Rival” trailer, and it looks like she came prepared: Scarred by war and hardened by its austere aftermath, Morales leads the Black Hand paramilitary cell with a firm, well-organized grip.

Gabriela voice actor Fryda Wolff demurred when Variety tried to get details about her character’s story arc, but said her 6’4’’ villain and Rico share many of the same inner conflicts. “[I]f Rico and Gabriela went to therapy together,” she said, “they’d have a lot of the same issues to work out.”

Check out the new trailer below, then start counting the days: Just Cause 4 releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Dec. 4.

Finally, Nintendo Switch owners reluctant to become early adopters of the Switch Online subscription service finally have an answer to at least one of their biggest questions: What happens to your cloud-based game saves if you let your subscription lapse?

Via IGN, Nintendo clarified Tuesday that Switch Online saves won’t automatically disappear just because a user’s subscription does. Rather, the company assured, game save files stored in the cloud will remain accessible for 180 days beyond a subscription’s cancelation.

“If a Nintendo Switch Online membership expires, users won’t be able to access their Save Data Cloud backups. However, Nintendo will allow users who resubscribe within 180 days to access their previous Save Data Cloud backups," a Nintendo spokesperson told the gaming site.

At least the cost to enlist (or re-enlist) in Nintendo’s online service isn’t high. Available by the month for $3.99, in three-month packages for $7.99, or for a 12-month cost of $19.99, Switch Online is available through the Nintendo eShop.

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