Overkill’s The Walking Dead has been delayed to late 2017

The release of The Walking Dead video game by Overkill has been delayed until Q3/4 2017, Starbreeze Studios has announced.

The news comes following a $40 million investment with the Korean publisher, Smilegate, which allows Starbreeze to distribute its titles in Asian territories via Smilegate’s platform. As a result, The Walking Dead has been delayed in order to facilitate a simultaneous western and asian release for the title.

It’s not all bad news though. The game’s delay has allowed Overkill to expand the upcoming zombie actioner to make it “a tent pole product for the next decade to come.”

What the Starbreeze team has achieved in the last few years is amazing. This partnership with Smilegate with an upfront cash injection secures our plans, opens new markets and proves yet again that we have an expansive and ambitious business plan focusing on creating long term value. This deal creates a new paradigm for independent developers in the digital market that we are excited to pioneer,” commented Starbreeze’s Chairman of the Board, Michael Hjorth.

The Walking Dead will be the third video game based on the popular comic book and TV series, following Telltale’s excellent episodic adventure series and the abysmal The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct from Terminal Reality. Overkill’s game will be a first-person shooter combining stealth and survival elements, though not much else is known about the project right now.

Hopefully we’ll hear more about the game at E3 in June.