So while this was kind’ve expected, no one really knew how it would go. There was plenty of denial in the midst of rumors, but everything officially came to a head. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Overkill’s The Walking Dead game are now cancelled.
Skybound, who holds the rights to The Walking Dead IP, released this statement on their website-
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.
The funny thing is, if you go to the Twitter page for Overkill’s The Walking Dead, you find this still pinned (if it isn’t deleted by the time of this posting)-
We just wanted to clear the position on the OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead on console and confirm that the game has not been cancelled, purely postponed whilst development is on-going. We will share further news as soon as possible.
— 505 Games (@505_Games) February 20, 2019
The tweet reads-
We just wanted to clear the position on the Overkill’s The Walking Dead on console and confirm that the game has not been cancelled, purely postponed whilst development is on-going. We will share further news as soon as possible.
That tweet was only posted 6 days prior to this writing, so that goes to show you the absolute disfunction this game and studio behind it has gone through. The studio lost their CEO in December following the game’s flop on PC. Overkill’s The Walking Dead is sitting at a 51 on Metacritic with almost all mixed or negative reviews.
While this may all seem like terrible developments, at least console gamers everywhere will not have to play this travesty. This unfortunately is not the first time someone has misused the license for their gain, as Walking Dead: Survival Instinct was a train wreck, with its best reviews coming on PC to a whopping 38 Metacritic score. It may suck to have a new game in your favorite franchise cancelled, but it may have been worse to have paid for it.