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The Walking Dead FPS game gets delayed until 2017, says a press release published by Starbreeze Studios. On its website, Starbreeze announced Smilegate, a leading game company in South Korea, has invested US$40M in the Swedish company.
Fans of the TV series may be disappointed, especially for those outside of Asian markets. Starbreeze has plans to publish Overkill’s The Walking Dead during the second half of 2017 to add more content and make a simultaneous launch with the Western version. The online co-op first-person shooter based on the TV series was announced in August 2014 with an original release for 2016. 505 Games will publish the game in North America.
Part of the deal between the companies also includes a Western edition of the game CrossFire, “the world’s largest grossing online first-person shooter (FPS) game with 500 million users.”
Along with Overkill’s The Walking Dead, Starbreeze will also make a version of PayDay 2 for the Asian markets.
“The Eastern entertainment market has been an enigma for western game developers and vice versa. This in-depth collaboration uniquely positions Starbreeze and Smilegate to bridge the gap between the two markets. Starbreeze gains an extraordinary market position for our present and future products,” said Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint.
[Source]: Starbreeze Studios: Starbreeze and Smilegate in Long-Term Strategic Partnership.