PlayStation 4 owners who preordered Overkill's The Walking Dead have received emails that the game has been cancelled, with refunds coming in the next 7 business days, but 505 Games insist it's only a delay and that development is ongoing.
PS4 owners recently received a mail from Sony's store that said, "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 As a result, we have withdrawn the current pre-order from the PlayStation Store and will cancel all pre-orders".
According to the mail, those who preordered Overkill's The Walking Dead will receive refunds in the next 7 business days, and while we were expecting an official statement by Starbreeze, 505 Games, the company handling the PS4 launch, notified players via Twitter.
"We just wanted to clear the position on the OVERKILL's The Walking Dead on console and confirm that the game has not been cancelled, purely postponed whilst development is on-going. We will share further news as soon as possible", they wrote.
This should be good news for those still looking forward to the game, as most initial reports automatically assumed that woeful performance by the PC version of Overkill's The Walking Dead has caused Starbreeze to cancel it.
In fact, it earned $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, having launched at the beginning of November, which, although the biggest single chunk the company's Q4 revenue, was still far from what was expected of. In comparison, Payday, a game entering its ninth year, earned $2.2 million in the same period.
As a result, the company's quarterly results took a dive, with Starbreeze reporting $8.9 million in revenue, 20 per cent lower than in the same period in 2017.
Still, Starbreeze were banking on Overkill's The Walking Dead to assist with the downturn in fortunes, ultimately pointing at it as the cause for the company almost collapsing at the time.
They quickly found themselves in even deeper trouble though, with their offices raided and one person arrested over insider trading.
For what it's worth, Starbreeze are said to have found their footing once again, together with a new CEO and all, so hopefully, Overkill's The Walking Dead strikes lucky on consoles.