Following a rocky PC release, which has seen the game struggle to attract players, and financial troubles at publisher Starbreeze, Overkill’s The Walking Dead console release has been postponed.
The game was originally scheduled to release on PS4 and Xbox One in February.
Could Overkill’s The Walking Dead Console Release be Postponed Indefinitely?
Although the laconic press release that announced the news earlier today simply states that the console version of the game has been postponed, further information suggests this could be a prelude to the PS4 and Xbox One ports being scrapped entirely.
Indeed, according to Gamesindustry.biz, Starbreeze is, rather tellingly, currently engaged in the process of “evaluating and reviewing” the game’s recent performance.
Further information will be provided at a later date, Starbreeze has promised. So, we’ll just have to wait and see how this one pans out.
A Bad Twelve Months for The Walking Dead Video Games
All things considered, it’s been a rough twelve months for The Walking Dead – at least, for video games set within Robert Kirkman’s version of a zombie-infested USA.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season has also suffered delays and the threat of cancellation: albeit for different reasons.
Back in September, Telltale found itself having to make the difficult decision to reduce its workforce by 90%, following a year “marked by insurmountable challenges”. Leading not only to the cancellation of The Wolf Among Us Season 2, but, as it seemed at the time, The Walking Dead halfway through its final season.
Thankfully, Skybound Entertainment would swoop in at the last minute to save Clementine’s years-long journey from an untimely end. The game suffered numerous delays, nevertheless, and has only recently got back on track.
Will Overkill’s The Walking Dead turn things around? It doesn’t seem likely at this stage.
Source: Starbreeze Studios