EXCLUSIVE: Former Developers of Telltale Games Breaks Their Silence on the Layoffs

The news broke out Friday that Telltale Games has laid off over 250 members of their staff and only kept 25 members of the staff to complete the Minecraft Story Mode for Netflix. This is the same company that has produced many hit titles such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Batman, Game of Thrones, and Tales of Borderlands and their upcoming titles included a sequel to Game of Thrones, and The Wolf Among Us and an upcoming Stranger Things title. The news came out of nowhere and those titles were canceled. The biggest hit from the titles is The Walking Dead as their final season of the game just started over a month ago and after the second episode which will release this Tuesday, we will not get the rest of the planned episodes. This caused a huge uproar online due to the fact that many people has paid for season passes for the game and they cannot give out refunds to the people who has purchased the game expecting a full season.

Since then, the hashtag of #TellTaleJobs started trending and major gaming studios started to pick up on this and it shows a good sign that they want to hire many of the former developers. Of the many developers, I have spoken to two of them (who would also like to remain anonymous due to legal reasons) and this is what i was told.

The company has underpaid the staff for a few years and the CEO did not want to change the game engine at the request of the developers as they felt that the engine has shown its age in different since the first season of The Walking Dead. There were numerous times also when they have hired more people than they should have for a position in a different department that should have not had more than 5 people in. The 250 plus people that were also let go were not given any notice at all and they will not get severance pay and many of them will lose their health insurance in a few weeks as well. I was also told that around 100 of the fired employees were contractors and they cannot receive unemployment. This does not help well due to the fact that many of the developers has worked overtime without pay. The final thing I was told was that the CEO was more focused on gathering more IP’s as possible instead of focusing on trying to give the developers the green light to create their own original game which was put on hold many times.

This story will update as more information will come out. But for now, it is a shame that the rest of the final season of The Walking Dead will not be finished. I also feel very bad for all of the developers that were laid off without a warning. Whatever happens to the company after the 25 members of the staff finish Netflix’s Minecraft Story Mode will be up in the air before we find out more information.

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DC Collectibles: Bring Home ‘Justice League’ Animated Action Figures on Batman Day

BRING HOME ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ ANIMATED SERIES ACTION FIGURES ON BATMAN DAY

New DC Collectibles 6-inch Action Figure Line Will Be Available Exclusively on

DC Universe Subscription Service

Straight from the screen to your shelves, DC Collectibles is gearing up to release an all-new 6-inch action figure line based on the acclaimed Justice League animated series that aired from 2001-2004. The new figures will be available exclusively for DC Universe members and can be purchased starting Batman Day, September 15, timed to the launch of the DC Universe subscription service.

The new line is an expansion of DC Collectibles’ bestselling animated action figure collection which also includes figures based on popular DC animated showsBatman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series.

On September 15, DC Universe members can watch the entire Justice League animated series and then head over to the “Shop” tab on the DC Universe app to purchase Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and more of their favorite characters from the show in 3D form. Here is the official release schedule:

  • Batman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl will be available to purchase at launch and ship in September
  • Aquaman and Wonder Woman will be available to pre-order at launch, to ship in October
  • The Flash and Superman will be available to pre-order at launch, to ship in November

All figures are priced at $28.00 each. For a limited time only, members who purchase all eight characters will receive the whole set in November at a discounted price of $194.00. This promotion will end on November 30, 2018.

So what are you waiting for? Pre-order the service at www.dcuniverse.com for the chance to get your hands on these figures!

BATMAN: THE RED DEATH and BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE

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Invaders from the Dark Multiverse Attack; BATMAN: THE RED DEATH and BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE are coming! Evil versions of the Dark Knight are coming to terrorize Earth this fall! Seven one-shot comics that tie into the upcoming DARK NIGHTS: METAL event are on the horizon, each spotlighting a different, corrupted version of Batman spawned from the Dark Multiverse.

BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1 cover by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson How can the Justice League stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of themselves? Find out in these special tie-in issues, beginning September 20 with BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1 by Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico followed by BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE #1 by Frank Tieri and Ricardo Federici on September 27. BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE #1 cover by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson All seven of the DARK NIGHTS: METAL one shots will feature covers by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson. Stay tuned for more cover reveals of BATMAN: THE DROWNED, BATMAN: THE MERCILESS, BATMAN: THE DEVASTATOR, BATMAN: THE DAWNBREAKER, and THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS in the coming weeks!

Funko Teams Up with DC For Batman Retro Style Action Figures

These fully poseable action figures feature nine points of articulation and are 3.75” tall!

This series features classic Batman, Catwoman, Batgirl, King Tut, Mr. Freeze and Bookworm!

Look for the Mr. Freeze chase – A 1-in-6 rarity!

They are perfect for your collection!
Coming this Summer!

The Holidays are gettimg Batty with 4D Batman Gotham City Puzzle

4D Batman Gotham City Puzzle (1500+ pcs)

Watch this amazing video preview!: https://youtu.be/ACo_91E7RGM


4D Cityscape now introduces the official puzzle guide for Batman Gotham City, based on DC Comic’s famous Batman Comic Series. This puzzle will guide players through the assembly of the official DC map of Gotham City in a patented multi-layer design. The first layer is a 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzle that will teach you all about the various locations and regions of Gotham City. The second layer is an artistic 200+ piece jigsaw puzzle that replicates the night landscape based on DC Comics official map of Gotham City. For the the third layer you add 3D miniature replicas models into the puzzle, which include famous buildings and structures such as Wayne Manor, GCPD Gotham City Police Department, Ace Chemical Plant, Wayne Tower, Iceberg Casino & Lounge, and many more! Each model is a highly detailed sculpt piece of the actual location. In addition, the puzzle comes with an Official Guide to Gotham City that teaches you everything you need to know about Gotham City. Bonus items include a mini LED Bat Light located at the top of the GCPD building. It shines the batman logo into the sky as Gotham City calls for help.

Ages 14+

Fully assembled: 32 x 19.2 x 6 inches

MSRP of $89.99


4D Game of Thrones Essos Puzzle (1500+ pcs):

This puzzle will guide players through the assembly of the map of Essos in a patented multi-layer design. The first layer is a 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzle that will teach you all about the various locations and regions of Essos. The second layer is an artistic 200+ piece jigsaw puzzle that replicates the current landscape based on the famous introduction of the television series. The third layer adds the 3D miniature replica models that you insert into the puzzle, which include famous cities and castles such as Braavos, Pentos, Meereen, Valyria, Astapor and many more! In addition, the puzzle comes with an information booklet that teaches you everything you need to know about Essos, including over 45 flags to mark famous landmarks, 10 sigils to mark the Houses, and 3 battle markers to learn the locations of three major battles. Bonus items include a miniature set of the Dragon Eggs.

Ages 13+

Fully assembled measures 30x18x2 inches

MSRP of $69.99


4D The Hobbit Puzzle (1400+ pcs):

4D Cityscape now introduces the official puzzle guide for The Hobbit, based on Warner Brother’s famous Trilogy. This puzzle will guide players through the assembly of the official Hobbit Middle-earth in a patented multi-layer design. The first layer is a 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzle that will teach you all about the various locations and regions of Middle-earth. The second layer is an artistic 200+ piece jigsaw puzzle that replicates the colorful landscape. The third layer you insert 3D miniature replicas models into the puzzle, which include famous buildings and structures such as Hobbiton, Dale City of Men, Cave of Gollum, Rivendell, and many more! Each model is a highly detailed sculpt piece of the actual location.  In addition, the puzzle comes with an Official Guide to Middle-earth that teaches you everything you need to know about Middle-earth.

Ages 14+

Fully assembled: 30 x 18 x 2 inches

MSRP of $79.99


4D Lord of the Rings (2100+ pcs):

4D Cityscape now introduces the official puzzle guide for The Lord of the Rings, based on Warner Brother’s famous Trilogy. This puzzle will guide players through the assembly of the official The Lord of the Rings Middle-earth map in a patented multi-layer design. The first layer is a 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzle that will teach you all about the various locations and regions of Middle-earth. The second layer is an artistic 200+ piece jigsaw puzzle that replicates the colorful landscape. The third layer you insert 3D miniature replicas models into the puzzle, which include famous buildings and structures such as Barad-dûr, Mount Doom, Minas Tirith, Isengard and many more! Each model is a highly detailed sculpt piece of the actual location. In addition, the puzzle comes with an Official Guide to Middle-earth. Ages 14+

Fully assembled: 37 x 25 x 4 inches

MSRP of $89.99


Lionel’s DC Comics™ Batman™ Phantom LionChief™ Train Set 

Calling all diehard Batman fans

Lionel’s DC Comics™ Batman™ Phantom LionChief™ Train Set offers a unique way for fans to showcase their superhero affection. Fans can forget the Batmobile and stay five steps ahead of their foes with this dark and brooding BATMAN Phantom Set! The ready-to-run train set includes 3 cars (a powered Phantom engine, non-powered dome car and non-powered dome end car); as well as track, a wall pack power supply and LionChief™ remote for the Phantom engine. The engine even features a RailSounds RC™ sound system with special Phantom background sounds, horn, bell and user-activated announcements, including “That’s Commissioner Gordon Calling,” “Next Stop Gotham City” and more!

 

The train set is available at select Lionel dealers nationwide for a MSRP of $399.99.

 

Civil War Breaks Out at Your Local Comic Shop!

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Civil War Breaks Out at Your Local Comic Shop!
 

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The #1 movie in the world is Captain America: Civil War, and the first assortment of Marvel Minimates based on the film is hitting comic shops and specialty stores this week! Marvel Minimates Series 66 is dedicated entirely to the latest Marvel Studios release, and features four different two-packs, showcasing both sides of the sprawling superhero conflict.

 

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The available two-packs include Captain America with Winter Soldier, Iron Man with Black Panther, the comic shop-exclusive War Machine with a Raft Guard, and a rare, one-per-case variant two-pack with a Battle-Damaged War Machine and a Raft Guard. Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2″ tall with 14 points of articulation, and features fully interchangeable parts. The suggested retail price for a two-pack is $9.99, and your local retailer can order a case of 12 using item #JAN162251. 

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Look for more Civil War Minimates at your comic shop this summer, as part of Marvel Minimates Series 67! In this all-different assortment of two-packs, Battle-Damaged Captain America takes on Battle-Damaged Iron Man, Black Widow meets Crossbones, Agent 13 faces an evil Mercenary and a rare, one-per-case variant set pairs Secretary Ross with another Mercenary! Tell your retailer to pre-order a case using item #MAR162238.

 

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Also in stores this week: the Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile Metal Bottle Opener! One of the most iconic redesigns to come out of the landmark animated series was Batman’s sleek, elongated Batmobile, and now you can hold it in the palm of your hand! This approximately 4″ long metal bottle opener has magnets in the tires to keep it on your refrigerator or Bat-armory when not in use. With a suggested retail rice of $18.00, this product uses item #JAN162243.

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Batman saves the Gotham and your money!

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Batman Rescues Gotham—And Your Change!  

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(BALTIMORE, MD) – (March 9, 2015)- Batman is here to save more than just his hometown with a March PREVIEWS exclusive, Batman bust banks! PREVIEWS and Monogram Products, Ltd. partner together to bring fans an easy way to keep their money safe with the blue and black editions of this larger than life Batman bank.

Made of Vinyl, this impressive depiction of Batman from The Dark Knight Returns, stands at 6” tall and 9” wide. Through detailed precision, this exclusive sculpt of Batman would make an incredible collectible for any fan to showcase!  

The two different colored banks are available to order at comic book shops for a retail price of $19.99 using their individual item code from the March PREVIEWS Catalog.

Dark Knight Returns Batman PX Bust Bank Blue Version: MAR162641Dark Knight Returns Batman PX Bust Bank Black Version: MAR162642

Fans are encouraged to pre-order their own Batman bank at their local comic book shop from the March PREVIEWS catalog to ensure they get it when it is released in May. Find a comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com.

Batman and the TMNT are a totally rad bit!

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ISSUE #3 of Dark Knight/Heroes in a Half Shell Crossover Goes Back To Press For a Second Printing! 

It’s another hit as the third issue of the awesome BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES miniseries is going back to press for a new, second printing! Congratulations to James T. Tynion IV and Freddie E. Williams II on their incredible run! Cowabunga!

BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 Second Printing will feature a version of the original cover by Freddie E. Williams II with spot color.

In this issue of the miniseries co-published with IDW, the Batcave is overrun with Turtles—and its landlord is not at all pleased about it. But Batman’s going to have to put aside his animosity toward  his uninvited guests because he’s about to have his first run-in with their deadliest enemy, Shredder!

BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 Second Printing will arrive in stores on March 16th.