Left 4 Dead creators ink THQ deal

Publisher continues core-gaming push by signing Turtle Rock Studios' next project, due in 2013; title to have multiplayer emphasis.

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The past several years have seen THQ beef up its core game offerings with such titles as Saints Row, Red Faction: Guerilla, Homefront, and the forthcoming inSane and Devil's Third. The company continued that trend today by announcing a deal with Turtle Rock Studios, which created the award-winning shooter Left 4 Dead for Valve Corporation. The publisher and studio are collaborating on an all-new a first-person shooter with a 2013 release date. No platforms were mentioned.

THQ and Turtle Rock are teaming up for an all-new FPS.

The new project was not named, but it was described as having a multiplayer focus THQ hopes will be as influential as that of Left 4 Dead. The latter game had a heavy emphasis on cooperative play as it followed a quartet of zombie apocalypse survivors who must help each other to fight off undead hordes. The new game will not be part of THQ's lineup at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

THQ's announcement comes in the wake of Turtle Rock splitting off from Valve, which purchased the studio in January 2008. Once referred to as Valve South, the Lake Forest, California studio now describes itself as an "independent studio" that once collaborated with the suburban Seattle developer of Portal 2 and Half-Life 2.

Discussion

33 comments
ObsidianRocker
ObsidianRocker

I'm a little skeptical about this. THQ are starting to pull some BS, along with Codemasters. They've been discussing selling their games unfinished then making you pay for the rest as DLC. I urge you to do some damn research before buying this and if THQ try strong-arming you or resorting to unsavory tactics then DO NOT BUY. Here's hoping everything goes well, though.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I hope their will be a L4D3 some timew soon.

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

L4D series is awesome. Looking forward to new games! :D

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Valve actually bought and owned Turtle Rock for a while, after they'd been doing Left 4 Dead, but Turtle Rock is now indie again (Valve owns the Left 4 Dead IP, though). Good for them in going indie again, and I wish them luck with their new game!

Aderdunn_3
Aderdunn_3

Valve seems to have some issues with the 3rd parts of their series...

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

no platforms mentioned??? ...does this mean the next generation might have a say in this game too?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

L4D is possibly one of the most intense and visceral gaming experiences ive experienced in a 'very' long time. This should be interesting.

lilfma1209
lilfma1209

@Archzen19 you got it wrong ea published the game n valve made it

sabas10
sabas10

So if Im right, a studio formerly working for VALVe, who gots it's games published by EA, is now going to THQ? Well I don't think L4D3 will be made now, so I hope their new FPS may replace the great co-op fun I had. Maybe Dead Island is an alternative?

Archzen19
Archzen19

Wait I'm confused. Valve didn't make left 4 dead? They just published it?

MarioKovacic11
MarioKovacic11

@akdiuuurytt read the artile first.. it says they split from valve.

ClanRukai
ClanRukai

When will Left 4 Dead 3 come out?

usermikey
usermikey

A good venuture. Come on folks @ THQ put out another hit. :D

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I don't know how much more you can improve on L4D this isn't new characters, enemies, and new maps. Glad to see they are doing something kind of new.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

L4D but wit monsters or aliens just saying

deathwish026
deathwish026

l4d 3 plz. i HAZ want MOAR zombines!!!!!!!!!!!!

keybladegamer
keybladegamer

In all honesty, everything about left 4 dead scares me, including the cover ;)

icym
icym

Well, here to you guys striking gold lightning twice in a bottle! Good luck!

hahamanin
hahamanin

left 4 dead 1&2 are probably the most hours i have wasted in a video game

ShambyIzaZK
ShambyIzaZK

i hope that Valve and EA make the left 4 dead 3

collinmul
collinmul

Nice to see THQ embracing the new IP mindset. Several of their newer properties have been successes. And as these properties continue to evolve and grow, one of them is bound to pop big. I wish this company luck going forward.

Barighm
Barighm

These guys created Left 4 Dead? And THQ is the publisher? Dang, this will be a good game.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

I really hope they've been making Left For Dead 3 and not have spent all their time on Mutations and a few extra maps that they've released. I also hope this doesn't mean the end to the L4D series.

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

News to me. For the longest time I thought Valve had bought turtle rock, guess not

ferretlord2177
ferretlord2177

turtle rock studios shoud get the rights to tweak and finish division 9. the unreleased zombie game by the swat 4 developers left4dead was based on. if they did there would no longer be that slow walking crap from swat that was going to be in division 9 as seen on the gameplay video released on youtube. also funny how valve gives almost to credit on the box of left4dead to turtle rock. i noticed the same thing when i bought blue castle's left4dead 2 and there was the capcom logos but no mention of the developer anywhere to be found...

mattg90520
mattg90520

@Jurassic85 No, Valve probably owns it and can make more. They just didnt initially concept it and make the first builds, etc.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Left 4 Dead is single-handedly responsible for making Zombies scary again to me. A friend of mine at work had the game from launch and I hadn't bothered, and he kept telling me about it. Finally, I gave in and picked it up, expecting the typical moaning, head-tilted slow shuffling zombies to come sauntering up to me.... how much did I fill my pants then, when no less than a few seconds into my first game did the games AI director decide to send a hoarde of screaming blood-lust zombies running at full tilt at me from round a corner. I swear, I have never panicked so much for real at a game, it was all I could do not to cower for real from the zombies on screen. Absolutely fantastic. Great to hear they're moving on to bigger pastures, I'm sure they'll do well.

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

Does this mean there won't be another Left 4 Dead?

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

wow... I thought Left 4 Dead was created by Valve.

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

Exciting!! Glad to hear those fellas are gettin more work.