Last August, developer Overkill announced it was working on a new The Walking Dead game, and according to publisher Starbreeze, it would focus on cooperative gameplay. Today, Starbreeze confirmed the game is coming to Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, and won’t be released until sometime in 2016.
Starbreeze also announced it would be publishing the games on consoles under an agreement with 505 Games. For a $10 million USD license fee, 505 Games will publish The Walking Dead on Xbox One and PS4. The partnership comes as no surprise considering the two companies worked together on Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. They also collaborated on the hugely successful Payday series, evidence that they work well together.
The new The Walking Dead game will be Payday-esque, but with a larger world. The company says it will “deliver a completely new co-op experience to The Walking Dead universe, exploring new characters and storylines.” Gameplay wise, it will be a first-person cooperative shooter which Starbreeze says will incorporate action, role-playing, and stealth. And, like any good zombie game, survival horror. Similar to other The Walking Dead titles, players will assume the role of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world that will apparently be set in 2016 Washington.
The game will be set in the same universe as the comics, not the TV show. It will have no connection to with Telltale’s The Walking Dead episodic series, or with Activision’s The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Although the game obviously doesn’t have a rating yet, Starbreeze have warned that, because of the canon established by the comics, it’s going to be a game for mature audiences only.
Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze, said, “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.”
In addition to the confirmation of the new game, fans of Payday 2 will be able to enjoy adding to their stash of weapons a Lucille baseball bat, intended to commemorate the collaboration between Overkill, their parent company Starbreeze, and 505 Games.