Overkill's upcoming The Walking Dead project finally has a publisher, parent company Starbreeze has confirmed, leaving relatively little doubt that we'll get at least one more video game take on Robert Kirkman's post-apocalyptic franchise before the gaming industry moves on from its zombie phase.
The Payday 2 corporate band is getting back together in 2016, according to a new press release, when 505 Games partners with Starbreeze to publish a new, four-player cooperative shooter from the folks at Overkill Software. The only difference is that you'll be shooting zombies, instead of law enforcement personnel, when Overkill's take on The Walking Dead heads to stores sometime in 2016.
505 and Starbreeze have already published a press release on the matter, which makes clear that the former is investing several million dollars into the latter's biggest studio, and it seems 505 Games is hoping Overkill can deliver another cooperative shooter on par with Payday 2. In fact, they say as much in this week's The Walking Dead announcement.
“In the last few years Starbreeze has demonstrated an incredible capability for not only delivering great games but doing so profitably.” says Raphael Galante, CEO of Digital Bros (505 Games' parent company). “We believe that ‘Overkill's The Walking Dead’ represents a huge opportunity to duplicate, even eclipse the success Payday 2 has enjoyed in the last few years"
Overkill's heist-focused shooters have sold more than nine million copies (combined) and Payday 2's post-launch content is easily among the most-supported of any DLC from a major studio. There's no telling whether or not The Walking Dead will do that well when it heads to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, but 505 Games is hopeful.
Unfortunately, there's still no promotional media for Overkill's The Walking Dead project. Outside of an incredibly vague launch timeline (2016), the only thing we do know about the game is that it will be a cooperative shooter based in the same world as The Walking Dead but featuring brand new characters and stories.
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Do you think Overkill will be able to make a compelling shooter based in world of The Walking Dead? Have an idea for a city/state/country that you think would be a good setting for the game? Just hope that the studio's work on The Walking Dead doesn't slow the flow of new Payday 2 DLC?
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