Left 4 Dead was a revolutionary co-op shooter of its time that has become a synonym to Steam’s growth and influence during its initial years. While there was no new game released in more than two generations, a spiritual successor Back 4 Blood was announced today.
Turtle Rock Studios is composed of the developers who have worked on the Left 4 Dead franchise. They might have failed with Evolve but with Back 4 Blood, they are going back to their roots and developing a game that made their name in the first place.
“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.”
“We are not resting on any past laurels. Our goal is to take all we’ve learned and push forward. We know that’s a tall order,” said Phil Robb, Co-founder and Creative Director, Turtle Rock Studios. “We’re growing the team considerably because we’re stepping up to the biggest challenge in this studio’s history. We know this title has to stand out and we fully intend to make that happen.”
There is currently no release date or other information given for this new game announcement, which makes it such a strange way to reveal a game. It is being labeled as the ‘next-gen’ co-operative FPS so perhaps this might not release any time soon.