Studio Overkill announced in the summer of 2014 that it had begun work on a co-op FPS, “with elements of action, role-playing, survival horror, and stealth,” based on The Walking Dead. (The comic, that is, not the TV series.) It was originally slated to come out sometime this year, but Overkill parent Starbreeze Studios now says that it won’t be out until the second half of 2017.
Starbreeze AB, an independent creator, publisher and distributor of computer and video games, unveiled in august 2014 its new project, OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead, based on the hugely popular The Walking Dead series created by Robert Kirkman.
OVERKILL – a Starbreeze Studio, will deliver a completely new co-op experience toThe Walking Dead universe, exploring new characters and storylines.
“The collaboration between Starbreeze Studios and our partner Skybound Interactive will deliver something uniquely exciting for our millions of fans. We’re two independents joining forces to create the ultimate survival horror game. With Robert on the team, we will bring The Walking Dead into the world of first-person shooter co-op games.” says Bo Andersson Klint, CEO, Starbreeze AB. He continues, “It will be gameplay focused, ferocious and bring chaos to the traditional industry model – from us developers straight to you. This time it’s big – don’t walk alone.”
“From day one on this project it’s been clear to me that this is the Walking Dead co-op action game fans have been waiting for. I can’t wait for people to learn just what OVERKILL has been cooking up for this game. Skybound is always about breaking new ground and trying to find something unexpected in all endeavors and this game continues that tradition in grand style.” says Robert Kirkman, CEO, Skybound Entertainment.
That’s a significant delay by any measure, but the reason is a good one. Word of the postponement was tucked into a larger announcement of a $40 million investment in Starbreeze by Korean gaming company Smilegate, which gives Starbreeze rights to develop a new co-op FPS based on the Crossfire franchise for Western markets, and will also allow it to release Payday 2 and The Walking Dead on Smilegate’s platform in Asia. There are other business-y elements to the deal, but the bit that’s especially relevant to our interests is that all that fresh, sweet green being showered on Starbreeze will mean a bigger (and, hopefully, better) zombie game from Overkill.
“Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be expanded with more content where an Asian version will be developed for simultaneous launch with the Western version,” Starbreeze said. “To maximize the new opportunities, Starbreeze, 505 Games and Skybound have decided to release the game in all markets during the second half of 2017. The partners are convinced this will pave the way to success, maximize revenues and cement it as a tent pole product for the next decade to come.”
Hopefully this means that Overkill can afford to give its Walking Dead a proper subtitle, too.
One more thing – I read comments and I think most of the people doesnt like from start that the game will be FPS.There are doubts about the atmosphere in the game if this is a shooter.
- developer: Overkill STudios
- publisher: Starbreeze Studios
- date of release: TBA 2017
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