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Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner stepped down from his position this week, sources tell Kotaku. Bruner helped found the longrunning studio, which is best known for developing adventure games based on popular franchises like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

“Today I am writing to let you know that I’ll be stepping away from my position as CEO of Telltale,” Bruner wrote in an e-mail to staff this week (obtained by Kotaku). “We’ve grown aggressively since Telltale’s inception, and now Telltale is bigger than I ever dreamed it would be. There are many possible futures for Telltale, and all of them are exciting and uniquely challenging. The time has come to pass the reins to someone that can better drive Telltale to the next level and realize all the potential that is here.”

In the letter, Bruner added that he will stay on the board of directors “as we transition.” He also said that Telltale co-founder Dan Connors will take over “day to day operations as CEO.” Bruner had been CEO of Telltale since January of 2015.

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UPDATE (12:45pm): Telltale head of creative communications Job Stauffer tells Kotaku: “Kevin has led Telltale over the past couple of years after he stepped into the CEO role for co-founder Dan Connors in 2015. With Kevin departing, Telltale is fortunate to have Dan here to step back seamlessly into the CEO role.”