It's been a while since we've started suspecting there's some curse placed on The Walking Dead franchise, and the latest news did little to persuade us otherwise as Overkill's TWD only managed to make $3.7 million since the game launched.
Starbreeze can't seem to catch a break lately as the company's plummeting stock brought about the raid of their offices back in December, on the grounds of insider trading, where the police ended up arresting one person.
Their profits weren't stellar either, with the company earning around $8.9 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018, which is a 20 per cent drop compared to the same quarter in 2017.
As for Overkill's The Walking Dead, which launched on 06 November 2018, it actually made up the largest chunk of this sum, having earned $3.7 million since launch.
Unfortunately, this is far from what Starbreeze expected as they've already named Overkill's The Walking Dead as one of the main culprits for the company's troubles.
The game was quickly dubbed a commercial failure, which was followed by hefty price cuts, but Starbreeze soon realised they're officially in trouble.
If you needed more proof just how badly Overkill's The Walking Dead performed, you should know that Starbreeze's Payday, which is entering its eighth year on the market, has racked up $2.2 million.
Nevertheless, the company remains hopeful that their fortunes will change. In spite of the particularly nasty fourth quarter of 2018, their entire year's revenue is only 3 per cent down compared to 2017, which in times like this is interpreted as wonderful news.
Starbreeze's CEO Mikael Nermark reminded that the fourth quarter was "a turbulent period for Starbreeze, with the parent company Starbreeze AB and a number of subsidiaries going into reconstruction".
It's well worth saying that Overkill's The Walking Dead has launched on PC only, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch dates yet to be announced. We're not sure whether Starbreeze's troubles mean that the two are on hold indefinitely because consoles are quite the earners.
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