Payday 2 developer bringing The Walking Dead FPS to PS4, Xbox One, PC

Overkill's The Walking Dead
Do you like the idea of a game based on The Walking Dead but find Telltale’s games a little light on the action? Starbreeze and Payday 2 developer Overkill might have just the thing for you.

We first heard that Overkill’s The Walking Dead was coming last summer, but actual details relating to the game’s release were scant. Wednesday, Starbreeze announced that 505 Games would be bringing the game to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as 505 also published Payday 2 as well as Starbreeze’s Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

“Partnering with 505 Games on the console publishing for ‘Overkill’s The Walking Dead’ will streamline the distribution and marketing of the title in the traditional space and on the digital console marketplace,” Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint said in the press release announcing the partnership (PDF link). “Having worked together before on the successful PAYDAY-franchise, we are certain this will be a fruitful collaboration”

Those familiar with Payday 2 should have a good idea of what to expect in Overkill’s The Walking Dead, as Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has said previously that the game will be similar, though set in a larger world than that game.

The game will “deliver a completely new co-op experience to The Walking Dead universe, exploring new characters and story lines,” according to the press release. As previously reported, the game will be based on the comic book series, not the television show.

“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 by leveraging the existing business relationship between our two companies,” CEO of 505 parent company Digital Bros Raphael Galante said. Considering how hot the Walking Dead franchise is right now, he’s probably right.

No specific release date has been announced, but the game is expected to ship sometime in 2016.


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