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The Walking Dead: The Final Season's third episode shambling toward 2018 release

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Oct 19, 2018, 10:33 AM EDT

It's been a little over a month since the second episode in Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season game was released. In that time, however, the developer laid off a good chunk of its staff, leaving its future in doubt.

Thankfully, we won't have to wait long for the follow-up to "Suffer the Children," which is titled "Broken Toys" and now being finished by Robert Kirkman's Skybound Games, with the original Telltale team continuing to work on the final two episodes.

Initiating an AMA on Reddit, Ian Howe, CEO of Skybound Games, assured fans that Chapter 3 will most likely drop before the year is out.

"OK, given that you guys have been so supportive and patient, I'm going out on a limb and will say yes, I fully expect Episode 3 to be this year and I'll be very disappointed if we can't make that happen," he wrote.

Howe was joined for his AMA by the game's creative director, Kent Mudle, who hinted that the overarching theme of sacrifice comes into play in Episodes 3 and 4 for the central protagonist, Clementine.

"The entire premise of the season is that building a home requires sacrifice. What exactly that is, remains to be shown," he said in a reply.

When asked if Skybound would ever try to replicate the gaming style done by Telltale, he wrote:

"I remember reading Choose Your Own Adventure books when I was at school, and Ian Livingstone [co-founder of Games Workshop] who practically invented the genre is one of life's great humans, so it's fair to say that I'm a fan. I really want to investigate different ways of telling great stories in games, so I think you'll see some cool stuff from us in the future."