Skybound Entertainment has terminated the contract with Starbreeze Studios over "The Walking Dead" IP. In the official statement, they claim that they're not happy with the final outcome and that the studio has failed to provide promised quality in the end :
As of today, we have terminated our contract with Starbreeze Studios and will discontinue all efforts on OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD. Our creators and their stories are the core of Skybound, and since 2014 we have worked hard to expand the world of The Walking Dead into an exceptional Co-op Action FPS. We did our best to work with Starbreeze and resolve many issues that we saw with the game, but ultimately OVERKILL’S THE WALKING DEAD did not meet our standards nor is it the quality that we were promised. We are exceedingly sorry to our fans and share their disappointment in the game. We remain dedicated to providing our fans with the most premium quality content we can offer, and will continue to look for alternative video game options for the IP.
Starbreeze, in their own statement, claims that they're working hard on resolving the situation, in hopes of finishing the Season 2 of the game after the complaint from Skybound studios related to the IP :
We are deeply sorry for the issues this may cause anyone who has bought the game looking forward to the resolution of Season 2 and are working urgently to attempt to resolve the issue. Please keep an eye on the official OTWD channels for further news,” said Mikael Nermark, Acting CEO Starbreeze.
Overkill's The Walking Dead received rather bad reviews, scoring only 51 on Metascore. Many users reported game breaking issues, bad performance, and other design flaws.
This is bad news for Starbreeze, considering that a year before, Raid : World War II shared a similar fate on release.