Left 4 Dead Creator Announces New Co-Op Zombie Game

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Now Playing: A New Co-Op Zombie Game From Left 4 Dead Creator Is Coming - GS News Update

Left 4 Dead and Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios has announced a new co-op zombie shooter to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Back 4 Blood is said to be a premium game that borrows from Turtle Rock's history of making a co-op zombie shooter, while also having a slate of new features and current-gen tech.

The studio released a FAQ with some additional details. It shies away from any commitment like post-launch content or microtransactions, and stresses that Back 4 Blood is a new original IP unrelated to Left 4 Dead. It also says that it will have a campaign and PVP, and it is not a battle royale.

We can also glean some information from how the key figures are talking about the new project. Creative director Phil Robb said the studio is growing its team and using what it's learned from the past for this new project. Meanwhile, design director Chris Ashton stressed that the team has had this project in mind for a long time.

"It's hard to overstate what an awesome opportunity this is," Ashton said. "We get to return to a genre that was born in our studio with over 10 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."

Following Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock made Evolve for 2K. Evolve borrowed some ideas from L4D, but added a fifth player as an asynchronous monster. It received a positive reception and gained a respectable audience, but Turtle Rock stopped actively developing it in 2016. Most recently, the studio was said to be working on a dark fantasy game for Perfect World. In the FAQ, it says that project has ended.

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Guess that means no L4D3. Shame. Apparently they had a working prototype of the game, too.

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@Barighm: They only made L4D1. L4D2 was made exclusively by Valve, and the prototype of L4D3 was Valve made as well.

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Sweet. So long as it has a campaign and COUCH co-op, we're golden. Otherwise, no buy :)

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They made Evolve. Y'all can **** off until you come out with a game worthy of my attention, especially after that fucking parade of shameless greed. Built from the ground up for DLC more so than any game ever... cretins.

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@jinzo9988: The thing is, Evolve was actually a REALLY good game at its core. I pumped almost 200 hours into it with just the base game content, but it had bad PR, and its DLC setup was poorly designed and marketed, so it made the game look like a trap.

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@jinzo9988: They also made Left 4 Dead. If that game isn't worthy of your attention, then your attention isn't worthy.

Evolve was a stinker for many reasons, but everyone is allowed one hate-free mistake.

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Can't believe the original Left 4 Dead came out in 2008!

If anything this article shows how old I am.



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I hope it's better than Overkill's the walking dead, because that was no L4D game, it was way worse.

Seeing as these guys created the original L4D, I have high hopes. Evolve was cool too.

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left 4 dead 3? please

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@captainwonton: That would be Valve

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@captainwonton: i was about to say that too.

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I actually liked Evolve but they definitely had a terrible Marketing plan with all the skins and dlc announcements before the game even released.

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Hopefully this one will have a third person option.

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@alex33x: never happening