Overkill's Walking Dead Game Removed For PC; PS4 And Xbox One Versions In Question
The game failed to meet Skybound's quality standards.
The news keeps getting worse for Overkill's The Walking Dead. After Walking Dead rights-owner Skybound announced it would terminate its agreement with Starbreeze for the co-op shooter due to the poor quality of the game, Starbreeze has now confirmed the PC edition will be removed from sale while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are now in question.
In a news release, Starbreeze said it was in communication with Skybound to try to find "a solution." In the meantime, Starbreeze said sales of the PC edition of Overkill's The Walking Dead will "likely be disabled," and should no agreement be met, the game would never return to Steam. Additionally, the PS4 and Xbox One versions "would not be released" if no new deal between Skybound and Starbreeze can be reached. It appears the game has already been removed from Steam.
Starbreeze added that Overkill's The Walking Dead generated sales of 34.1 million Swedish Krona, which comes out to around $3.7 million USD. However, "costs related to development of Overkill's The Walking Dead has so far exceeded revenue," Starbreeze admitted.
505 Games was announced as the publisher of Overkill's The Walking Dead for PS4 and Xbox One. Digital Bros, which owns 505 Games, said in a statement to GI.biz that it is "very sorry about the relationship between Skybound and Starbreeze." The statement doesn't outright confirm that the console editions have been canceled, however.
Skybound announced it would end its contract with Starbreeze because Overkill's The Walking Dead "did not meet our standards nor is it the quality that we were promised."
The statement added: "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."