Following a sequence of delays and cancellation stories, Skybound Leisure has introduced that Overkill’s The Strolling Lifeless is formally cancelled. The corporate’s termination of its contract with developer Starbreeze Studios led to the sport’s cancellation, and halts all future efforts with the co-op motion title. As such, not solely will a console launch by no means come to fruition, the title will even be faraway from Steam. In response to a report from Selection, the latter is because of a grievance filed by Skybound, the franchise’s license holder.
Skybound introduced the information in a quick assertion on its official web site, noting that Overkill’s The Strolling Lifeless failed to satisfy the corporate’s high quality requirements. Learn the assertion in full beneath:
As of at this time, we have now terminated our contract with Starbreeze Studios and can discontinue all efforts on OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD. Our creators and their tales are the core of Skybound, and since 2014 we have now labored exhausting to broaden the world of The Strolling Lifeless into an distinctive Co-op Motion FPS. We did our greatest to work with Starbreeze and resolve many points that we noticed with the sport, however finally OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD didn’t meet our requirements neither is it the standard that we had been promised. We’re exceedingly sorry to our followers and share their disappointment within the sport. We stay devoted to offering our followers with probably the most premium high quality content material we are able to supply, and can proceed to search for various online game choices for the IP.
Curiously, Starbreeze is trying to salvage the Skybound partnership in some regard. On its web site, the developer stated the 2 corporations are discussing whether or not an answer will be reached that can enable Starbreeze to “end and ship season 2 of the sport, as beforehand communicated.”
Overkill’s The Strolling Lifeless launched on PC in 2018, hitting the bottom with a thud. It wasn’t a totally functioning sport; consequently, gross sales had been abysmal at finest. These troubles resulted in a delay for the PlayStation four and Xbox One variations. Nevertheless, information not too long ago surfaced that urged the console launch had been outright cancelled. Writer 505 Video games responded rapidly, disputing the claims and promising improvement was nonetheless ongoing. Clearly, that is now not the case.
[Source: Skybound Entertainment, Variety, Starbreeze]