Overkill’s The Walking Dead has been cancelled (Picture: Starbreeze)Skybound Entertainment has cancelled Overkill’s The Walking Dead on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will ‘discontinue’ efforts on PC.
The company, which was co-founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, announced it has terminated its contract with Starbreeze Studios, who acquired Overkill Software back in 2012.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Skybound said: ‘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 first person shooter.’
The game released on PC last year to a less than stellar response (Picture: Starbreeze)‘We did our best work with Starbreeze and resolved 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’, continued the statement.
‘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.’
Overkill, who also created the Payday franchise, released their co-op The Walking Dead shooter last November on PC to largely scathing reviews and poor sales.
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Following the game’s release, Starbreeze announced it was cutting costs to ‘sharpen’ focus in the business, with CEO Bo Andersson fired from the company shortly afterwards.
This left the planned PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions up in the air, with the studio announcing in January they were postponing the release from its February launch window.
Last week, things appeared particularly dour as Sony began mysteriously refunding customers who had pre-ordered the game through their digital store – claiming it had been cancelled by 505 Games, the publisher of the console versions. However, the publisher later issued a statement claiming it was still scheduled to be released.
We just wanted to clear the position on the OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead on console and confirm that the game has not been cancelled, purely postponed whilst development is on-going. We will share further news as soon as possible.
— 505 Games (@505_Games) February 20, 2019
Now that the game’s been cancelled, it’s unclear how this will affect PC players who invested in the deluxe version of the game, which comes bundled with access to the first two seasons of content – which will now never be released.
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