Overkill's The Walking Dead generated a lot of attention before release as we were shown the zombie shooter prior to its November launch, but it was met with a lukewarm reception (check out our review) which was followed by reports of a number of problems behind the scenes.
Publisher Starbreeze filed for reconstruction at the end of last year before being raided after accusations of insider trading, and to add fuel to the fire an email emerged in which former CEO Bo Andersson blamed developers for the game's shortcomings.
Now a statement has been issued by Skybound Games adding to the bad news for fans of the game, as they've revealed that they've cut their ties with Starbreeze and won't be working on the game anymore.
"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," the statement reads. "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."
Starbreeze itself has since issued its own statement on the matter. Because of Skybound pulling their support, the game will be removed from "new purchases on Steam" soon, and discussions between the pair are ongoing to try and resolve the situation with the goal being to finish and deliver Season 2.
"We are deeply sorry for the issues this may cause anyone who has bought the game looking forward to the resolution of Season 2 and are working urgently to attempt to resolve the issue. Please keep an eye on the official OTWD channels for further news," said Mikael Nermark, acting CEO of Starbreeze.
This also adds more doubt when it comes to the console version, as this was delayed last month, before reports emerged of it being canceled entirely. A later clarification told us that it was only postponed, not canceled, but this latest bit of news doesn't fill us with hope regarding the console version either.
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