Starbreeze Studios unveils OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead

Starbreeze AB, an independent creator, publisher and distributor of computer and video games, unveiled in august 2014 its new project, OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead, based on the hugely popular The Walking Dead series created by Robert Kirkman.

OVERKILL – a Starbreeze Studio, will deliver a completely new co-op experience to The Walking Dead universe, exploring new characters and storylines.

“The collaboration between Starbreeze Studios and our partner Skybound Interactive will deliver something uniquely exciting for our millions of fans. We’re two independents joining forces to create the ultimate survival horror game. With Robert on the team, we will bring The Walking Dead into the world of first-person shooter co-op games.” says Bo Andersson Klint, CEO, Starbreeze AB. He continues, “It will be gameplay focused, ferocious and bring chaos to the traditional industry model – from us developers straight to you. This time it’s big – don’t walk alone.”

“From day one on this project it’s been clear to me that this is the Walking Dead co-op action game fans have been waiting for. I can’t wait for people to learn just what OVERKILL has been cooking up for this game. Skybound is always about breaking new ground and trying to find something unexpected in all endeavors and this game continues that tradition in grand style.” says Robert Kirkman, CEO, Skybound Entertainment.

OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead will be powered by Starbreeze’s Valhalla engine. The title is set to release in 2018.

Additionally, in conjunction with E3 2015, a complimentary VR-experience was announced for OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead.

In 2018, Washington will fall. What will you do?

The Walking Dead Q&A

Q: What is OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead?

A: OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a co-op first person shooter with elements of action, role-playing, survival horror and stealth, that invites players to explore the hugely popular The Walking Dead universe, where they will play the role of survivors fending for themselves in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating walkers. In 2018 Washington will fall – what will you do?

Q: What is OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead VR Experience?

A: It is an experience created to showcase the technology of the StarVR project and offers a glimpse at what we aim to create in future VR-experiences.

Q: When will OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead be released?

A: OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is currently under development by OVERKILL – a Starbreeze Studio in LA and Stockholm and will be released in 2018.

Q: On which platforms will OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead be available?

A: OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is announced for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4.

Q: What age rating will it have?

A: If you have read The Walking Dead comics, you will know that this game will be for mature audiences only. We are staying true to the original, gruesome storytelling that Robert is famous for and that we know that the fans of The Walking Dead love.

Q: Who will develop OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead?

A: OVERKILL – a Starbreeze Studio has partnered up with Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, and Skybound Interactive to create the most intense survival horror game we possibly can. OVERKILL, developers of the PAYDAY series, will be in charge of development and will have full creative control.

Q: I’m a PAYDAY 2 heister – how does this affect me?

A: PAYDAY 2 and OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead are two separate games – but, in true OVERKILL spirit, we’ll make some unprecedented crossovers. When Washington falls, what will Dallas do? If you own PAYDAY 2, you can answer this question in OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead.

Q: What’s the deal with the Lucille baseball bat in PAYDAY 2?

A: To commemorate the collaboration between the companies, an exclusive weapon, the “Lucille” baseball bat from The Walking Dead, will be offered to the PAYDAY 2 community for free to be used in-game in PAYDAY 2.

Q: Where can I go if I want to discuss this with others?

A: Please join our PAYDAY community and discuss OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead in our sub-forum which you can find here.  http://steamcommunity.com/app/218620/discussions/

Q: What will happen with PAYDAY 2?
A: The development of PAYDAY 2 updates and DLC are continuing until October 2018! All future updates (except the Ethan and Hila Character pack) will be free to all users.

Q: What will happen with STORM?
A: As previously communicated, STORM is still on our road map.

Q: What is the VR-experience?

A: The VR experience that was introduced at E3 2015 is a demo to showcase the capabilities of StarVR. It is connected to the PC game, sharing the characters, universe and storyline.

OVERKILLS’ The Walking Dead and the VR experience that could be played at E3 and later at different events, form two different AAA games; one is a traditional PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game. The other is a Virtual Reality experience. Stories, characters and locations in both games relate to each other as they are part of the same universe, based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman.

Q: Where can I find more information?

A: Press releases with comments from both partners can be found here https://www.starbreeze.com/games/overkills-the-walking-dead/. You can visit the original teaser website here: www.overkillsoftware.com/whatsnext. More information about StarVR is available here: http://www.starvr.com