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Payday Dev's Walking Dead Co-Op Shooter Coming to E3

Overkill planning "significant presence" at E3 to show off its upcoming Walking Dead game and more.


Payday series developer Overkill Software has announced that its upcoming co-op shooter based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series will have a significant showing at E3 next month.

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"The upcoming weeks will be fully focused on our setup and planning for the E3 Expo in Los Angeles and to make sure it's the historical event we envision," parent company Starbreeze wrote on its website. "With a significant presence, our ambition is to showcase both Payday 2 and Overkill's The Walking Dead."

505 Games will publish Overkill's The Walking Dead (presumably still a working title), and the game will launch in 2016 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game, which we still don't know much about, has the potential to "duplicate, even eclipse" the success of Payday 2, 505 games said previously.

The Payday series has sold more than 9 million copies as of December 31, 2014, and Payday 2 single-handedly pulled Starbreeze out of a 15-year loss in six months.

Overkill's The Walking Dead aims to deliver a "completely new co-op experience" to the Walking Dead universe that will explore new characters and storylines. It's a co-op first-person shooter that will blend action, role-playing, survival, and stealth, according to its official description. As you could have guessed, you'll take on the role of survivors trying to not die in a post-apocalyptic world.

The game is being made with the blessing of Kirkman, who says he was certain from the first day he saw the project that it was the "co-op action game fans have been waiting for." It is also the result of a new "long-term" partnership between Starbreeze and Kirkman's Skybound Interactive company. This partnership will extend "into the next decade" and marks a new era for Starbreeze, the company said.

Overkill has also shared an image of a zombie bust being used in the production of its Walking Dead game.

Development on the Payday series will continue as Overkill works on its Walking Dead game. What's more, Overkill is preparing some "unprecedented crossovers" between Payday and The Walking Dead.

E3 2015 kicks off June 14. GameSpot will be reporting live from Los Angeles all week long.

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