First, the console version of OVERKILL's The Walking Dead was delayed to February. Then it was delayed indefinitely. Last week, Sony received word that the game had been cancelled, only for publisher 505 Games to release a statement mere hours later saying it was just postponed, not cancelled. Well, now it seems like the final nail in the coffin has been dealt. Licence holder Skybound Entertainment has gotten a bit sick of this pantomime and has revoked Starbreeze's licence, meaning all development on the title has now ceased.
Skybound's full statement can be seen below:
As of today, we have terminated our contract with Starbreeze Studios and will discontinue all efforts on OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD. Our creators and their stories are the core of Skybound, and since 2014 we have worked hard to expand the world of The Walking Dead into an exceptional Co-op Action FPS. We did our best to work with Starbreeze and resolve many issues that we saw with the game, but ultimately OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD did not meet our standards nor is it the quality that we were promised. We are exceedingly sorry to our fans and share their disappointment in the game. We remain dedicated to providing our fans with the most premium quality content we can offer, and will continue to look for alternative video game options for the IP.This means that the console version of the title will not be released, and the PC version of the title is expected to be removed from sale soon. Meanwhile, Starbreeze is trying to work out a solution with Skybound to ensure that Season 2 of the PC version of the game can still be released.
If you've pre-ordered the title from the Microsoft Store or retailers and are yet to seek a refund, we suggest you do so now.