Update: Starbreeze has revealed that the PC version of Overkill’s The Walking Dead has an uncertain future and may not be on Steam for much longer. For those who have purchased the title, they’re frantically working on the second season ahead of its inevitable removal.
“Skybound, the license holder of OVERKILL’s The Waling(sic) Dead, has filed a license related complaint with the main digital distribution platform for the Starbreeze game OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead,” the company said.
“As a consequence, the product is expected to be removed from new purchases on Steam within a near future. Starbreeze and Skybound are in discussions about the agreement and Starbreeze is trying to resolve the issue to find an amicable solution with the ambition to finish and deliver season 2 of the game, as previously communicated.”
So there you have it. The game is well and truly dead.
Original Story: Skybound Entertainment has announced its terminated the contract between themselves and Overkill’s parent company Starbreeze, canceling Overkill’s The Walking Dead.
Skybound Entertainment is the company co-founded by The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman. It’s also the company that essentially deals with The Walking Dead IP. They made news recently when they swooped in to save Telltale’s The Walking Dead’s final season. Unfortunately, it seems Overkill’s The Walking Dead has received the opposite treatment.
Over on Skybound’s website, they posted the following statement:
“As of today, we have terminated our contract with Starbreeze Studios and will discontinue all efforts on OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD.
“Our creators and their stories are the core of Skybound, and since 2014 we have worked hard to expand the world of The Walking Dead into an exceptional Co-op Action FPS. We did our best to work with Starbreeze and resolve many issues that we saw with the game, but ultimately OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD did not meet our standards nor is it the quality that we were promised.
“We are exceedingly sorry to our fans and share their disappointment in the game. We remain dedicated to providing our fans with the most premium quality content we can offer, and will continue to look for alternative video game options for the IP.”
This, of course, goes against the recent statement from publisher 505 Games who assured fans that the game hasn’t been canceled on console, it’s just being postponed while developers work on the many issues the game suffered when it launched on PC.
The news is pretty definitive, however, so I guess Overkill’s The Walking Dead is done and no console release is planned.