Turtle Rock Studios are back, and this time they’re honing on what they’re best at. Back 4 Blood is touted pretty blatantly as a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead. Warner Bros will be handling publishing duties, while Turtle Rock will be aiming to make a start-of-the-art co-op zombie first-person shooter.
“We are thrilled to partner with the proven Turtle Rock Studios team on Back 4 Blood to advance the co-op zombie genre forward with innovative multiplayer gameplay,” said David Haddad, president, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The talented team at Turtle Rock has been developing amazing games together for a long time, and this is a great opportunity to work with them to create a new gaming universe built specifically with the large co-op zombie shooter community in mind.”
“It’s hard to overstate what an awesome opportunity this is. We get to return to a genre that was born in our studio with over ten years of additional experience and zombie ideas racked up in our brains,” said Chris Ashton, co-founder and design director, Turtle Rock Studios. “We also have some of the best teammates in the business at WBIE who understand our development process and are equally committed to our player-first mentality. We love being able to announce, so we can start working with the community right away.”
Turtle Rock took a few missteps with Evolve, although the sneaking suspicion always was that 2K’s heavy-handed involvement in that project caused the asymmetric shooter to die a quick death. With Back 4 Blood, Turtle Rock is retreating into familiar, and successful, territory.
If you’re hoping to see Back 4 Blood in action, then you’re out of luck. We haven’t got so much as a logo to pore over. All we know is it’s happening, it’s going to be a premium-priced title, and it’s sure to skirt as close to Left 4 Dead 3 as it’s conceivable to get.
No date for Back 4 Blood just yet, it’ll be done when it’s done.