Starbreeze has quietly moved the release window for Overkill Software’s The Walking Dead game into late 2017. Their new partnership with Korean publisher Smilegate is the reason for the delay, as the company recently purchased a $40 million stake in Starbreeze in order to expand the scope of The Walking Dead “with more content”, as well as get a version of the game into asian markets.
I appreciate their wanting to keep this game from flopping as hard as Survival Instinct did in 2013. It’s clear that Overkill’s game is being positioned as the “official” Walking Dead game.
Even series creator Robert Kirkman has touted it as such, saying “from day one on this project it’s been clear to me that this is the Walking Dead co-op action game fans have been waiting for. I can’t wait for people to learn just what OVERKILL has been cooking up for this game.”
And fear not, you’ll still get your fix. There are still two The Walking Dead games coming this year, and they’re both coming from Telltale. It will kick off “soon” with a Michonne-centric spin-off, followed by a third season in their acclaimed episodic series that’s expected to arrive in the fall.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead comes to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in the second half of 2017.