Swedish developer Starbreeze had to restructure following poor gross sales of Overkill’s The Strolling Lifeless, shedding workers and promoting the publishing rights to video games like System Shock 2 and Psychonauts 2. They’re apparently not lifeless but, nevertheless, with a blog post saying cash flow is predicted to tick up, partially because of the launch of the following recreation within the widespread multiplayer bank-heist collection.
“The corporate estimates that this money flows will probably be optimistic, primarily based on anticipated new publishing agreements in 2020 and anticipated launch of PAYDAY Three in 2022–2023”, because the weblog put up places it. Cellular spin-off Payday: Crime Warfare can be talked about as a supply of anticipated revenue in 2020.
It was hoped Overkill’s The Strolling Lifeless would promote hundreds of thousands, but it surely solely managed to maneuver a number of hundred thousand copies. Eurogamer’s article on The Fall of Starbreeze explains how this one flop introduced the corporate low after a string of disasters like investing closely in The Raid: World Warfare Two (primarily a reskinned Payday), and establishing a VR firm with plans to launch their very own headset.