Showing posts with label The Walking Dead. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Walking Dead. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Cancelled

Skybound has terminated agreement with Starbreeze for OVERKILL's The Walking Dead as they failed to meet quality standards.

Despite having a lot of potential to become a blockbuster release, first-person shooter title OVERKILL's The Walking Dead from developer Overkill Studios failed miserably to become a decent co-op shooter experience that players can enjoy.

On top of that, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game were delayed twice now and the PC version on Steam wasn't getting any positive feedback due to a buggy launch. All hope is lost now that it has been cancelled entirely after quite a struggle for survival.

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OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Cancelled

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead for Consoles Postponed

Loosely based on the fictional universe of The Walking Dead monthly comic-book series from Image Comics by creator Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible), the game were to follow co-op gameplay mechanics of Payday: The Heist reportedly.

Initially, they announced the title on August 14, 2014 and showed some concepts at E3 2015. Then it was delayed in 2016, which repeated again in 2017 until Overkill Studios was able to show off the first-look gameplay footage at E3 2018.

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead for Consoles Delayed Again

According to distribution plan, November 2018 was set as the release window for OTWD for all available major platforms but launch date for console versions was delayed to February 2019 and everything starts falling apart from that point.

When Sony started sending emails to pre-ordering customers of PSN, it became very apparent that console version of the game very well might have been canned but 505 Games confirmed it to be postponed shortly after that.

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Missed Sales Targets

Skybound Entertainment, who is the license and rights owner of The Walking Dead property has took matter into their hands to publicly announce that they are terminating contract with Starbreeze Publishing and will discontinue all efforts regarding OTWD.

Skybound expressed their outright displeasure for the game not meeting the certain quality of standard they were assured by the Sweden-based developer studio and apologized to fans for not being able to provide premium quality content.

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Gameplay Revealed

People were already pretty skeptical about the future of OTWD and looks like luck just ran out on this one. Earlier, Starbreeze even revealed their disappointment from initial sales number generated from PC version sales mostly due to many in-game issues.

Only if Overkill Studios would have taken proper care of the IP, the game could even become the spiritual successor of popular co-op shooter series Left 4 Dead. Anyways, OVERKILL's The Walking Dead is removed from Steam, while PS4 and Xbox One version would not see release either.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

OVERKILL's The Walking Dead for Consoles Postponed

After speculating cancellation for PS4 and Xbox One version of OVERKILL's The Walking Dead, the game is revealed to be postponed for now. 

Although developer Overkill Software and publisher Starbreeze Publishing initially managed to make fans curious to their first-person shooter OVERKILL'S The Walking Dead, it saw a poor reception upon PC launch back in November 2018.

In August, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game were delayed to February 2019 but it got delayed again. Recently, it becomes apparent that console versions of OTWD have been cancelled, only for an official announcement to confirm later that it has been postponed.

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OVERKILL's The Walking Dead for Consoles Postponed

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Delayed for Consoles

Despite the game being a mess full of bugs on PC, many players on consoles were still waiting to get their hands on it but then one PS4 user who digitally pre-purchased it, shared screenshot of a PlayStation Store notice on Reddit, thinking the game has been cancelled.

The publisher has notified us that the game is cancelled. As a result, we have withdrawn the current pre-order from the PlayStation Store and will cancel all pre-orders. You will receive a refund to your original payment source within 5-7 business days.

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Missed Sales Targets

Of course, no one would like to get notified about cancellation of a full-priced game that they pre-ordered online and some were patient to wait for 505 Games to respond since players on Xbox One platform did not receive any confirmation as such.

Shortly, console publisher of OTWD, 505 Games stated the true nature of the situation on Twitter to clear things out.



RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead for Consoles Delayed Again

Presented as a visually stunning product with a gripping co-op experience, it ultimately came out nothing as originally promised. What surprises us most is that, even after the anticipated zombie-shooter was an overall disaster, people still waited for console release anyway.

Not only OVERKILL's The Walking Dead was heavily criticized for a buggy release on PC, the game even missed their initial sales target. The disappointing run of the game has made the case of not pre-ordering any game by falling for their marketing campaign.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Tekken 7 DLC Character Negan Release Date

Negan from AMC's The Walking Dead is heading to Tekken 7 at the end of February as a DLC character.

Following the inclusion of Akuma, Geese and Noctis into the roster of fighting game Tekken 7, developer/publisher Bandai Namco Studios is bringing Negan, the tyrannical leader of The Saviors from The Walking Dead to make things interesting.

According to a recent announcement from EVO Japan 2019, Negan will be joined by one of the babes of Tekken, Julia Chang as DLC fighters and they both will be arriving on February 28, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Tekken 7 DLC Character Negan Release Date

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Check out the official DLC character announcement trailer released by Bandai Namco displays brief gameplay bits of the characters.




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Negan is one of the four guest characters coming to the game, who hail from popular AMC television show The Walking Dead and revealed back in Evo 2018 to join new season of characters as a surprise downloadable content.

In the short spanned video above, Negan beats the hell out of his opponents with his iconic barbed-wired baseball bat, swinging it in full force before stopping at game director Katsuhiro Harada asking if he is debuting through next update or not.

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Swing Big With Negan

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Designed on the likes of actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Saviors' leader throws some of his lines form the show at his rivals in between his skull-bashing fest. Negan would be a nice treat for both fans of Tekken and The Walking Dead series for sure.

Similarly, Julia streams online her entire session of beating down Armor King effortlessly on the same clip. Upon release, players can purchase Julia Chang and Negan respectively for $5.99 and $7.99 only among the other six fighters of Tekken 7 Season 2.

Friday, January 18, 2019

OVERKILL's The Walking Dead for Consoles Delayed Again

Already delaying the launch date for PS4 or Xbox One version of OVERKILL's The Walking Dead to 2019, Starbreeze has now postponed the release.

Whenever a new media franchise based on The Walking Dead is in works, it causes an extra hype among fans and same was the case for first-person shooter OVERKILL'S The Walking Dead from developer Overkill Software and publisher Starbreeze Publishing.

However, things weren't quite good for them in overall as they had to delay the release date of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the game while only the PC version came out in time, followed by a missed sales target. Now the launch date for console versions is delayed again.

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OVERKILL's The Walking Dead for Consoles Delayed Again

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Originally OTWD was scheduled to release on all three major platforms on November 6, 2018 but only the Windows version came out in due date and release for both Microsoft and Sony consoles got delayed to February 2019.

Without detailing much, Starbreeze has recently announced that they are currently evaluating performance of the game on consoles and it was just a brief news release for company investors, so we don't know about the specific reason behind the delay.

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Missed Sales Targets

The project has a long history of delays following its initial announcement back in August 2014 through Payday 2 community page on Steam. They estimated a release date for January 2016 that got pushed to the next year and then November 2018 launch date saw another setback for this year.

Overkill's The Walking Dead is a co-op FPS title featuring four new characters named Aidan, Grant, Heather and Maya who work together to survive in a post-apocalypse Washington, D.C. from hordes of flesh-eating zombies and hostile marauders.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season PC Version Will Be Exclusive to Epic Games Store

The two remaining episodes of Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season will be exclusive on PC to Epic Games Store.

After picking up the pieces from the ruins of Telltale Games, Skybound Games got back at the development of episode three of episodic survival horror adventure Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season in November and scheduled the release date for January 15, 2019.

Then developer of massively popular game Fortnite, Epic Games have launched their own digital storefront with a relatively small lineup and now, the final two episodes of the acclaimed series will be available exclusively on Epic Games Store for PC.

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Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Exclusive to Epic Games Store

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One of the shocking events in the gaming industry this year was probably when we learned about developer/publisher Telltale Games is shutting down after laying off majority of their workforce, which also meant that many of our beloved series will never see light.

Around that time, Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season was halfway in development. However, The Walking Dead comic-book creator Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible) announced at New York Comic Con 2018 that his company Skybound Games will complete the remaining episodes.

RELATED: Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode Three Release Date

Skybound took responsibility of the final two episodes and brought in the original developers who previously worked on the series to complete the project. Epic Games came forward to help putting the original team back together to give fans what they want.

Now that Epic has become the exclusive platform to serve the third and fourth episode of the game on PC, it is not going to be available in other storefronts like Humble Store or Steam anymore unlike the previous seasons.

RELATED: Skybound Will Complete Telltale's Walking Dead

If anyone has already purchased the Season Pass for PC version of the game then they won't have to move to Epic's marketplace. Regardless of their chosen storefront, the players will receive access to the concluding chapters anyway.

Below is a Q&A video starring the voice actor of Clementine, Melissa Hutchison with detailed FAQ on the new sales exclusivity.




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In a rapid-fire fashion, Hutchison let fans know that the previously downloaded versions of all three seasons will still be playable and choices can be carried over to The Final Season as long as you can retrieve them locally or have a cloud save on Telltale.

When they will be able to arrange sales for physical copies, the news will be shared on their social handles for fans to know. In time, they will also announce the launch date for the season on Android and iOS devices as well.

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They way Telltale Games have closed its door on their employees was really a dick move. Plus, we will probably never see another season of Batman: The Telltale Series, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series and The Wolf Among Us, because no one is working on them.

Skybound Games stepping up to ensure a proper sendoff to the series and give a deserving conclusion to Clementine was truly commendable. Similarly, Epic Games Store made a smart move by partnering up is this initiative through their digital distribution platform.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode Three Release Date

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season will be returning next month with episode three, from Skybound Games.

When Telltale Games announced to shut down back in September, the future of Telltale's Walking Dead along with few of their fan-favorite titles became uncertain but then Skybound Games came forward to finish Clementine's story during the zombie apocalypse.

By the time they released the second episode, the studio was in a sudden near-closure but Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible)'s production company took over the Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season project and start working on the remaining episodes from last month.

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Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode Three Release Date

RELATED: Skybound Will Complete Telltale's Walking Dead

Currently scheduled for a release window of January 15, 2019, Skybound Games released a new trailer for upcoming third episode of the game titled "Broken Toys".




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The trailer starts with a voice over from Lee Everett, the guardian angel who found little Clem and protected her from all odds as long as he could. Then she reflects on how she made it this far and now is in the same position of Lee, taking care of young AJ.

After surviving on the road for a while, Clem and AJ finally finds an abandoned schoolhouse where they met with a group of other kids but got kicked out later. In the last episode, Suffer the Children, she reunites with Lilly from season one and with that, her fight for survival continues.

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After starting their journey back in 2012 with season one, Telltale's Walking Dead as set a new standard for zombie games within the gaming community where players choices mattered and the developers went on to release three more seasons.

Players have witnessed the young girl becoming a toughened survivor in a post-apocalyptic world over the three season's period where she grew up, created bonds, took some heart-breaking decisions and now her story has finally come to an end.

RELATED: Telltale Games Removed From Steam

Although no one is ready yet to say goodbye to Clementine, we still are heading towards an inevitable series finale. Last month, major Telltale Games titles were removed from Steam even though it remained on GOG, PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace.

Skybound assured that previous seasons and new episodes are back on "almost" all platforms and by the launch of episode 3, the rest will be fixed as well. Those who already bought the entire season of The Walking Dead: The Final Season in advance will also get access to the upcoming episodes.

Friday, November 23, 2018

OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Missed Sales Targets

In an investor Q&A, Starbreeze Publishing has revealed that sales figure for OVERKILL's The Walking Dead is lower than expected.

Even though fans were eagerly waiting and had a wave of hype going for it, first-person shooter OVERKILL's The Walking Dead from developer Overkill Software and publisher Starbreeze Publishing is seeing disappointing number of sales initially.

After the PC edition of the game is launched earlier this month on November 8, players were not seem to be very interested to keep up with the title anymore and CFO of Starbreeze then reveals that the initial sales of OTWD is lower than what they originally expected.

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OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Missed Sales Targets

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Gameplay Revealed

In their recent sales reviewing Q&A, the publisher points out that the title missed the initial forecasted sales mark a week after its launch. PC version is doing poorly in the market because of lack of content as well as quality to be exact.

The title is heavily bashed on review-aggregation site Metacritic and many popular gaming sites for design issues, lame AI and connection problems, which is having an overall negative impact on the sales among other reasons.

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Delayed for Consoles

Starbreeze didn't reveal the exact number of games sold but they already are in development of new content for Season 2, coming soon. Of course, it is too early to predict whether the game is a success or a failure, the studio believes OTWD is off to a good start.

In this desperate time of financial challenges, the publisher is now focusing on lowering their cost of business operations to save up a considerable amount to run things around. An internal review is ongoing to process that but no specifics were given on that yet.

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Introduces Heather

Also, the delay of the release for console versions of the game means, the $10 million licensing fee Starbreeze was about to receive from 505 Games this quarter to bring the title to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is delayed to February.

The 2019 console release can turn the financial balance to a slightly favorable position but despite all of the issues mentioned above, the developers and publishers are still okay with releasing the game in its current state only shows that how much they actually care for the players or the game itself.

RELATED: OVERKILL's The Walking Dead Introduces Grant

Given their current base of concurrent players, the studio should improve the gameplay framework and performance for a better experience if they really want to follow Games as a Service concept for the foreseeable future. Or perhaps they should go for a better monetization model that works.

Although many were comparing the co-op shooter to another survival horror game Left 4 Dead from the same genre, OVERKILL's The Walking Dead is probably not even worth the same standard of a title based on The Walking Dead franchise at all.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Telltale Games Removed From Steam

Telltale Games is in the process of shutting down as titles like Back to the Future and The Walking Dead are being removed from Steam.

Back in September, developer/publisher studio Telltale Games officially declared that they are officially going out of business after firing off majority of their stuff and retaining a small team of only 25 employees to finish the pending projects.

As of now, several of their renowned titles like episodic adventure series Back to the Future: The Game, Jurassic Park: The Game, Monkey Island and Telltale's The Walking Dead are removed from Valve's digital storefront Steam and not available for sale anymore.

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Telltale Games Removed From Steam

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Even though delisted from Steam, those who already own the game can download from library and play them if they want. Besides, they are still present on other platforms like GOG, PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace.

Another distribution platform Humble Bundle is still selling The Walking Dead: Season One, The Walking Dead: Season Two, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier and The Walking Dead: Michonne spin-off from the survival horror graphic adventure franchise.

RELATED: Telltale Games Sued for Breaking Labor Laws

Although the entirety of series is taken out from Steam, The Walking Dead: The Final Season is not off the racks yet. In October, the studio made a deal with series creator Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible) and his company Skybound Entertainment to complete Clementine's story on a deserving note.

Other popular franchise like Batman: The Telltale Series, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series and Tales from the Borderlands are still up there. It is visibly quite apparent that the entire Telltale catalog will be removed soon.

RELATED: Skybound Will Complete Telltale's Walking Dead

Telltale Games is currently looking for parties to gain enough money for their assets through assignment proceedings in association with Sherwood Partners, so that they could pay any creditors before completely shutting down.

The studio is currently in a situation similar to bankruptcy and they were by sued by a former employee. A class-action lawsuit was filed against the company in the federal court of San Francisco for violating labor laws of California.