Yesterday, it was announced that Sony was refunding pre-orders for the Playstation 4 version of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, and news made rounds on the internet that the game had been cancelled after weak performance on the PC. However, apparently Overkill’s The Walking Dead development has only been postponed, not cancelled.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead focuses on a new group of survivors unrelated to the survivors either in Telltale Games’s own adventure games or the TV show and graphic novel. Four survivors, all with the option to be controlled by multiple players, are stranded in Washington DC and must scramble to survive against hordes of zombies.
The game has already been released on the PC back in November, where it got mixed reviews and suffered from a very weak performance. What exactly has caused Overkill’s The Walking Dead development to be put on hold however hasn’t been revealed. The studio might be putting a hold on the game until they can figure out how to make it better, or they may be re-evaluating whether to cancel the ports after all.
For now, however, the game seems to be “purely postponed” according to publisher 505 Games. The publisher has said that they would be giving out more news as soon as they could. While it’s not exactly rare for publishers to cancel various ports of a game for a variety of reasons, Sony cancelling pre-orders and refunding players their money when that postponement happened is definitely something new.
Hopefully the delay in Overkill’s The Walking Dead development is intended to improve the base game so that the console ports can be better reviewed than the PC version. Though the console ports were supposed to be coming out sometime this month, we’ll likely have to wait on word from either Overkill or one of its publishers to hear about a new release date for the console ports.