Quite out of the blue, we just got the news that Turtle Rock Studios has partnered up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Back 4 Blood, a new co-op zombie shooter that's looking to channel the spirit that the studio first pioneered with Left 4 Dead, the Valve-owned zombie-slaying shooter series.
The studio's last game, Evolve, was made in partnership with 2K, but that agreement has now been cancelled as both parties decided to move on. That means a new IP and a new partnership, one that will be hugely exciting for zombie fans who've been eagerly waiting on a new Left 4 Dead. We may never get that, but this is arguably just as good - if not better.
We don't know a huge amount about Back 4 Blood right now, with a Q&A revealing the few known details. We don't know when it's coming, but we do know that it'll be hitting PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with more platforms potentially an option further down the line. Turtle Rock also confirmed that there'll be a campaign and PvP, but didn't go into any details about the wider setting.
"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," design director Chris Ashton teased.
"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," creative director Phil Robbs added. "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."