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Robert Kirkman's Skybound Games cancels Overkill's The Walking Dead and blames it on Starbreeze

Overkill's The Walking Dead has been criticized for its gameplay. (Source: Variety)
Overkill's The Walking Dead has been criticized for its gameplay. (Source: Variety)
Skybound Games has announced that it has terminated its contract with Starbreeze Studios for Overkill’s The Walking Dead, effectively cancelling further progress on the first-person shooter. Skybound Games is part of Skybound Entertainment, which was cofounded by the creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman.
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It seems Starbreeze Studios’ problems have just got worse. The Swedish video game studio has already suffered from numerous development delays and economic woes and now there is the news that Skybound Games has decided to pull the plug on Overkill’s The Walking Dead, which Starbreeze was working on. A statement from Skybound has been quite scathing and direct in regard to the situation:

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.

The game is also going to be pulled from Steam and there are no current plans to further develop the title, which means there are going to be some unhappy gamers looking for refunds if the rest of Season 2's content of Overkill’s The Walking Dead doesn’t appear at some point in the future. However, Starbreeze has tried to put a more positive spin on things, by stating:

Starbreeze is trying to resolve the issue to find an amicable solution with the ambition to finish and deliver season 2 of the game.

But gamers hoping for further game content or for Overkill’s The Walking Dead to come to the PS4 or Xbox One consoles should be prepared for another long wait. The game was originally announced in 2014 but didn’t even get a Windows release until November 2018.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-02-27 (Update: 2019-02-27)
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.