Overkill’s The Walking Dead Delayed To 2017 Due To Smilegate Investment

Overkill Software’s parent company, StarBreeze Studios, has received a $40 million investment from Korean publishing company Smilegate, known for their free-to-play titles and MMOs. The investment came with a few stipulations about Overkill Software’s current roadmap for their upcoming game based on Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel The Walking Dead. One of those stipulations is that the game will be published in Southeast Asian territories by Smilegate and that it will release globally when it’s ready.

Games Radar did a write-up on the news, explaining how the investment has caused the game to receive a bigger scope and thus a delayed release. Overkill’s The Walking Dead, as it’s called, will no longer release in whatever mysterious window it had for 2016, but instead it will now launch in the second half of 2017.

In the press release issued over on the official StarBreeze website, as spotted by PSU, there’s a statement that explains exactly why Overkill’s The Walking Dead is being delayed…

“OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead will be expanded with more content where an Asian version will be developed for simultaneous launch with the western version. To maximize the new opportunities, Starbreeze, 505 Games and Skybound have decided to release the game in all markets during the second half of 2017. The partners are convinced this will pave the way to success, maximize revenues and cement it as a tent pole product for the next decade to come.”

The giant novel-sized press release also details another clause that Overkill will have to abide by: they’ll need to make a new Crossfire game.

For those of you who don’t know, Smilegate has been cashing in big on the free-to-play, modern military shooter Crossfire. It was one of the few well-balanced free-to-play FPS titles back out during the day, and another Call of Duty, Counter-Strike and Combat Arms clone. Smilegate wants Overkill to pump out a new game in the series to presumably coincide with the movie that’s going to be based on Crossfire.

For those of you unfamiliar with the game you can check out a kill compilation video below from Royal Striker.

Crossfire EU My top Sniper Kills ever

My top sniper kills ever

Poor man’s Counter-Strike.

Anyway, we still haven’t actually seen much of Overkill’s The Walking Dead. The description in the press release is that the game will be made in a similar fashion to Payday 2 but the maps will be bigger and stealth will play a bigger role in the missions. I suspect that it will be similar to Payday 2 insofar that players will likely have missions to complete or supply runs to make and it will be centered around a Walking Dead motif. The game will still support cooperative play.

With Smilegate involved I also suspect that the game will be rife with microtransactions, but we’ll have to wait and see how they play their cards before assuming the worst, but Overkill’s move with Payday 2’s microtransactions has not instilled a lot of faith in fans.

For more info on the Skybound collaboration of Overkill’s The Walking Dead feel free to visit the official website.


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3 thoughts on “Overkill’s The Walking Dead Delayed To 2017 Due To Smilegate Investment

  1. When did Starbreeze acquire Overkill? I believe a private equity firm bought them originally.

    Also a nice bit of cryptic language in there “The partners are convinced this will pave the way to success” read as “they think it will help this game, we don’t.”

    1. I’m pretty sure The Walking Dead, with microtransactions and some free-to-play elements, will be huge in certain parts of Asia. Smilegate is banking on its success there even if Overkill/StarBreeze likely knows that American and European gamers will roll their eyes and grumble about the microtransaction fest.

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