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Payday 2 publisher teams up with Overkill for The Walking Dead shooter

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The console versions of Overkill's The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, the same company that published the developer's online co-op shooter Payday 2, the two companies announced today.

Overkill's The Walking Dead is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, 505 confirmed. The company also said that Overkill is working with The Walking Dead series creator Robert Kirkman to "create new characters, plots and story-arcs that will live in the ever expansive world of The Walking Dead graphic novel series."

Kirkman said at SXSW last month that the new Walking Dead shooter will build upon Overkill's experience with Payday.

"I can say that it will be Payday-esque because [Starbreeze and Overkill] are currently doing Payday," Kirkman said. "But I'm told it will be in a bigger world than Payday currently encompasses. They are going to be learning a lot of stuff from Payday that they will be incorporating into The Walking Dead game."

Overkill's The Walking Dead was announced last summer as an online co-op first-person shooter, with an expected release coming sometime in 2016.