If my memory serves me right, this is the fourth article I’ve written about Overkill’s The Walking Dead this year. And not one has been for a positive reason. Similarly, today’s post is doing nothing to buck that trend as I type up the words ‘Overkill’s The Walking Dead is cancelled’, and it’s most definitely certain this time.
That’s because the news breaks not from the studio who were trying so hard to keep their heads above the water, but from the rights holder themselves. And according to Skybound Entertainment, there’s no coming back from this one. Their statement read:
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.
It appears as though the relationship between both parties had turned sour, possibly as a result of the game’s poor response on PC. In hindsight, those lacklustre sales had sealed the game’s fate long before all of the other dramas had taken place. But the question still remains why we were led to believe it had only been postponed after the pre-order cancellation fiasco – this divorce was a long time in the making by the sound of things.
It’s a shame, though, as The Walking Dead universe is one so full of potential and whose popularity shows little sign of waning. The idea that Skybound are at least open to other digital ventures gives us hope that this isn’t the last we’ll see of this far-from-dead franchise, even if news of the split does mean the Overkill’s game will be pulled from Steam soon. A break up is never easy, is it?
On a lighter note, maybe Lego will finally release an adult rated video game, just as they’re diversifying their building sets, and give us a zombie a-block-alypse. Yes, I’m here all week…
Are you expecting another article in the next few weeks saying the project is back on? Or has Overkill’s The Walking Dead finally met its maker? Revive a comment in the box below.
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