Skybound Games has announced that the final two episodes of the PC version of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be exclusively available through the Epic Games Store. The PC version of the previous two episodes of the final season will also be added to the store.
This does not apply to anyone who’s already purchased the Season Pass for TWD: The Final Season. If you’ve purchased the Season Pass through another PC game store–such as Steam–then you will still get the last two episodes through said retailer. However, if you’ve been buying episodes of the PC version of The Final Season individually, then you’ll have to go through Epic for the last bits of the story.
“The team at Epic owns a major chapter in the history of the game industry,” wrote Skybound Games CEO Ian Howe and president of interactive Dan Muray in a prepared joint-statement, according to Variety. “We’re excited to work together on their latest transformative event with the launch of the Epic Games Store. Epic stepped up to the plate immediately to work with us in order to bring the original team back together and ensure fans will receive the completed season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season.”
This announcement comes in on the tail end of several major events that shook up the games industry. After facing a financial crisis, Telltale closed its doors and laid off pretty much its entire staff, as well as announcing the cancellation of TWD: The Final Season. However, Skybound saved the game and took over development, and also did its best to hire on former Telltale employees to finish the project. Epic announced its game store months after, creating direct competition to Steam with the reveal of exclusive titles such as Hades and Journey, as well as a more favorable revenue split for developers. Days later, Discord followed up that announcement with the reveal that its game store would also have a better revenue split for developers in comparison to Steam, and also secured its own exclusive titles. The landscape of PC gaming is certainly changing, with both Epic and Discord making big moves to combat Steam’s control of the market.
Episode 3 of TWD: The Final Season, titled Broken Toys, is scheduled to release on January 15, the same day the game is made available for consoles.