Cooperative first-person shooter Overkill’s The Walking Dead has been cancelled by franchise owner Skybound Entertainment. The company terminated its contract with video game developer Starbreeze Studios due to concerns with the game’s quality. Late last week Skybound released the following statement on its company blog:
“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.”
Starbreeze responded with a statement of their own the following day:
“Starbreeze has a dialogue with Skybound with the ambition to reach a solution. Starbreeze has been informed that the product likely will be disabled for further sales on the platform Steam and should Starbreeze and Skybound not reach a solution, it would mean that the game will not be made available for sale again on Steam, and that the console version would not be released.”
After years of hype, Overkill’s The Walking Dead was released late last year only to receive pretty poor reviews from both press & players alike. The existing PC version of the game has already been pulled from digital storefronts, while the upcoming console ports are likely to never see the light of day.
This is the second game from The Walking Dead franchise to suffer setbacks. As we reported back in December, Skybound had to step in and take over Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season after developer Telltale Games suddenly filed for bankruptcy in November.
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