The release has been pushed back from original February date
Today Starbreeze Studios, publisher of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, announced that the planned console release of the game has been postponed. The original date was supposed to be some time in February 2019, has now been pushed back until a later date. There have been no reasons given for this other than that Starbreeze are “currently evaluating and reviewing the performance of the game”. The game was due to be released on PS4 and Xbox One.
For those who don’t know, Overkill’s The Walking Dead is a four-player co-op FPS set in The Walking Dead universe. The game takes place in Washington DC. There are four characters to play and each character has a particular set of skills useful during the zombie apocalypse. Your only aim is to survive and help others survive.
The game has faced a lot of negativity since its release in November 2018. Just one month after launch, low sales prompted a drastic decision to cut the price of the game. When the game released, it was for $60 but when the publisher saw that the sales we bad then decided to create a Starter Edition of the game and sold it for $30. However, the starter edition consisted of all the original content. Of course, this angered a lot of people who had purchased the game upon release so Starbreeze gave them the Season 2 content for free.
On top of bad pricing decisions, the Overkill’s The Walking Dead has been plagued by poor reviews. The reception has been somewhat mixed. Many of the reviews on Steam blame too many glitches, trouble with connectivity and the game being generally boring. Many also find the game incredibly unbalanced regarding the difficulty jump between solo and co-op mode. There is also an overwhelming feeling that the game was released far too soon as it wasn’t a finished product.
But it isn’t all bad. There are plenty of positive reviews citing aspects such as the intensity of the game, fun game mechanics, and enemy behaviour. If you want to check out the game now, it is available on Steam and hopefully, the console version isn’t too far behind. But given that Starbreeze has said “further information regarding the future release will be announced at a later date”, there is a possibility that it won’t be coming any time soon.
Emma has specialised in indie game journalism from the moment she entered the industry many moons ago. It doesn’t matter the genre, every indie game and developer has a story to tell and that’s what she loves about it! When she isn’t writing, she is studying and raising the next generation of gamers!