Many former Telltale staff are still seeking new jobs after the collapse of the studio back in September, with some temporarily flocking to Skybound Games to finish The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Lead writer Mary Kenney has since secured a position at Insomniac Games, the developer most recently known for Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The Game Awards 2018 Game of the Year Award nominee is coming to an end, as Marvel’s Spider-Man is set to receive its final DLC when Silver Lining drops on December 21st. Insomniac hasn’t revealed what its next major project will be, but it’s likely that Kenney will help lead the charge on pre-production when she begins her role in the New Year.
Kenney announced the news on Twitter, yet didn’t mention what role she would be occupying at her new studio. Having risen to the rank of lead writer in just 16 months at Telltale Games thanks to her work on Batman: The Enemy Within, it isn’t clear whether she will maintain that position or start a little further down the chain.
I am over-the-moon thrilled to tell y’all that I’m joining @insomniacgames in the New Year 😊🎮
— Mary Kenney (@maryknews) December 15, 2018
The Walking Dead: The Final Season was Kenney’s last project, which managed to receive a lifeline following the abrupt firing of her 270-odd former colleagues and liquidation of Telltale. It seems as though Kenney decided against joining the undisclosed amount that returned to help complete the remaining three episodes.
While this turns out to be great news for Kenney, narrative designer Emily Grace Buck has maintained her push on the hashtag #TelltaleJobs in order to help “a lot of former Telltale employees” find a new position elsewhere. Buck’s efforts don’t stop there, as she has continually offered her own insights into the industry, what happened with Telltale and held a Q&A to clear up any misconceptions.
KitGuru Says: The collapse of Telltale Games will always be a sad thing to talk about, but it’s great to see talent from the former studio find their feet. Hopefully the remaining lot receive the credit they deserve and get picked up by other firms soon.