Update: It seems that not all stores are taking heed to Telltale’s request to stop sales of The Walking Dead – Final Season as the Nintendo Switch eShop still has it up for sale. Whether this is because Nintendo not getting the word, certain times that the eShop is able to update, or refusal to delist is anyone’s guess at this point.
Original Story: In what has already been a very public and questionable series of events for Telltale games, from mass layoffs and canceled projects to a new class action lawsuit today, the story takes another turn for the worse as on the date of the release of the second, and potentially last, episode of The Walking Dead – Final Season the game is being delisted from all storefronts. Before getting any further those who have already purchased the Season Pass will be able to download and access the game tonight, anyone hoping to hop aboard this sinking ship though is currently being left high and dry.
Instead of releasing Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: The Final Season on Steam… Telltale straight up delisted the game for purchase.
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP pic.twitter.com/WOy503Y7Xj
— Pixelbuster (@Nitomatta) September 26, 2018
As seen in the above tweet the game has been removed from Steam on PC as well as the PlayStation and Xbox marketplaces. While listing information about the game and its features the current store pages give no option for people to purchase. At the moment the most information that has been given publically is from the game page on GOG which lists the following message.
Telltale has requested a temporary pause of sales of The Walking Dead – Final Season. For all up to date Telltale news, please refer to their official Twitter page.
While the message recommends keeping an eye on the Telltale Twitter account there has still been no word from them on the delisting of the title, with their last tweet being a rather hopeful message about potential partners instead allowing them to finish up the season. While previous seasons of The Walking Dead and other Telltale series of games have normally provided an a-la-carte method of purchase as well as the Season Pass for The Walking Dead – Final Season the full pass was the only option available.
For those who have already purchased the Season Pass and are wanting to get a refund, it seems there are plenty of conflicting reports on all platforms whether refunds are or are not being granted. At this point in time, the most consistent response is from GOG who isn’t refunding the purchase.
Every step of this story keeps getting stranger and stranger and more information is uncovered that Telltale knew the state that they were in and instead chose to surprise not only the world but more importantly almost every member of their staff. With this, there’s really no way to trust what’s going to happen going forward from Telltale as they shift from telling people to look forward to Episode 2 and then make sure no one who hasn’t purchased it can’t get their hands on it. It’s a real shame to see a company that used to be so highly regarded fall to pieces like this.
What do you think of Telltale taking another strange step and removing The Walking Dead – Final Season from all storefronts? Did you manage to pick it up before it was delisted? What do you think will become of Clementine in these final chapters?