Warner Bros and Turtle Rock announce Back 4 Blood

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Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has announced that it will publish Back 4 Blood, a new co-operative zombie game from Turtle Rock Studios.

Back 4 Blood, from the developer renowned for Left 4 Dead, will be, according to Warner Bros, “Designed from the ground-up as an original, premium title and marries the best of what made the co-op zombie shooter so successful with new features and state-of-the-art technology.”

Chris Ashton, Turtle Rock Studios’ Co-founder and Design Director, said: “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. 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.”

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment’s President, David Haddad, added: “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. 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.”

Back 4 Blood is already being touted as the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead 2 – Left 4 Dead 3 has become another one of Valve’s mythical lost games like Half-Life 3. Turtle Rock, after creating Left 4 Dead for Valve to publish, was acquired by Valve in 2008, but was reconstituted as an independent developer in 2011, and Valve retained the rights to the Left 4 Dead IP.

Details about Back 4 Blood are scarce at this stage of proceedings, although an FAQ on Turtle Rock’s website offers some insight. Turtle Rock Studios isn’t discounting making versions of the game for the next generation of consoles: “We are currently focusing on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. More possibilities aren’t out of the question though.” And the game will have both a campaign and PvP. Plus, Turtle Rock is keen to emphasise that Back 4 Blood isn’t Left 4 Dead 3: “Back 4 Blood is our own brand new, original IP. You’ll be able to shoot up a lot of zombies like in Left 4 Dead, but there’s a whole lot of new stuff in Back 4 Blood which makes it unique.”

For more information, keep an eye on Turtle Rock Studios’ website.