Starbreeze Studios unveils OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead

Starbreeze AB, an independent creator, publisher and distributor of computer and video games, today unveils 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 Diesel engine updated for the next generation. The title is set to release in 2016.

In 2016, 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. Washington will fall – what will you do?

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 and will be released in the future.

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

A: The platforms OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead will be released on are to be announced at a later date.

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: Why do you call OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead an indie game?

A: For the first time ever Starbreeze Studios, one of Europe’s oldest independent developers, is both developer and publisher of a game. Starbreeze Studios is a relatively small developer studio consisting of 45 Starbreeze and OVERKILL game developers. Thanks to our success with the PAYDAY franchise along with our partnership with Skybound Interactive – the owners of The Walking Dead – we are able to cut out the middleman and have a direct relationship to our community, focusing on making the best game we possibly can together.

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 will proceed as planned. We have at least one year of planned content that we look forward to releasing to our community.

Q: What will happen with STORM?

A: As previously communicated, STORM is still on our road map.

Q: Where can I find more information?

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