Turtle Rock Studios, known for Left 4 Dead and Evolve, have emerged from the ashes of both games to focus on a brand new IP. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Co-founder of Turtle Rock Phil Robb stated that “we are developing a new franchise set in an all new universe that leverages the style of gameplay our community loves and expects from Turtle Rock Studios. We’re focusing on what we do best – heart-pounding moment-to-moment online co-op FPS action.” Turtle Rock is working with Perfect World Entertainment to make this exciting new game free-to-play.
The decision to make the new game free-to-play seems to be based on the Studio’s experience with Evolve, as President and GM of Turtle Rock, Steve Goldstein explains “when taking Evolve: Stage 2 free-to-play, we had an amazing opportunity to shift to a service-based model. One of the difficulties that we had as a studio is that, prior to fully shifting to service-based gaming, we couldn’t respond to our users as quickly as we would have liked.” Though who knows if that is actually because of the intimate communication with fans or if they fear the game will bomb if people have to pay for it.
Regardless, Goldstein is correct when he says “that the AAA boxed product is just not a welcome home for independent developers.” Turtle Rock can now have the creative freedom to make this new fantasy FPS, moment-to-moment gameplay and co-op FPS included, “there will be plenty of baddies to shoot up, but it is not a ‘zombie game’ or anything post-apocalyptic. What we can say right now is there’s a strong dark fantasy element to it.”
What do you think of Turtle Rock jumping back into the industry with a new IP? I’m certainly excited to see what the studio has to offer after the tragic death of Evolve. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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