Turtle Rock Studios, the developer behind the original Left 4 Dead co-operative zombie shooter, has announced a spiritual successor to the series, Back 4 Blood.
Seeing as Valve still has the rights to the Left 4 Dead IP and also has a problem with the number 3, Turtle Rock and Warner Bros. have taken it upon themselves to make the sequel to the much-loved shooter series.
According to the press release for the announcement, the game has been “designed from the ground up as an original, premium title” which blends what made Left 4 Dead great with new features and today’s tech.
While details are pretty thin, a handful of quotes from Warner Bros. and the developers themselves have revealed what we can expect:
“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.”