We have another zombie game in the making! On March 14, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turtle Rock Studios announced Back 4 Blood. The game will be developed by the same team behind Left 4 Dead but it will be an original title and definitely concentrating on premium co-op experience. This zombie shooter will combine the co-op mechanics with new features and the latest technology.
President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment David Haddad had only praise for Turtle Rock Studios who developed both Left 4 Dead and Evolve. The studio was founded in 2002, but acquired by Valve Corporation in 2008. However, Phil Robb and Chris Ashton re-founded the studio in 2011 and now it’s dedicated to creating original titles.
While Back 4 Blood may sound like a spin-off of Turtle Rock Studios’ hit game Left 4 Dead, it’s actually only inspired by it. The game will, nonetheless, include the same basic mechanic as Left 4 Dead like co-op play to destroy the zombies. PvP and other new features are also expected in Back 4 Blood but since the game is in development nothing is set in stone just yet. The release date is still unavailable but the game will certainly be for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and maybe even for other platforms.
“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 Haddad regarding this announcement. “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.”
Turtle Rock Studio sees this as a wonderful opportunity and both Chris Ashton, its co-founder and design director and Phil Robb, also its co-founder and creative director, expressed their joy with the project,
“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 Ashton.
The goal for Turtle Rock Studios is to use the experience and knowledge it has accumulated from previous projects and to invest it all in Back 4 Blood. The studio also announced that they will be hiring more people since they want the game to be as best as possible and that requires more workforce to respond to the challenge. That is also the reason why Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turtle Rock Studios came forward with this announcement so soon and hope to attract new people to join the project.
“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,” said Robb.
Turtle Rock Studios intend to go back to its roots and with innovative ideas and principles make the zombie genre fresh and create an interesting title. The game won’t have a battle royale mode which may disappoint many, but in a way that is to be expected since Fortnite, PUBG and Apex Legends have already not only taken over that market but said all there is to be said about zombie-survival mechanics in this environment. On the other hand, Back 4 Blood will have campaign mode so that should make some of the players and fans of the zombie games happy.
But, one question has been bugging Evolve fans. And now since this announcement means that Turtle Rock Studios will be fully engaged into the development of a new game, fans are anxious to know when will they get Evolve 2. But, since 2K has the rights to the game and any contractual obligation that Turtle Rock Studios had has expired in 2016, Evolve 2 is out of its hands.
There is still more to learn about this project, but it’s good news not only for fans of Left 4 Dead game but also for those who enjoy a good cat and mouse chase in the zombie genre.