Warner Bros., Turtle Rock Studios Team Up for New Co-op Zombie Title

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turtle Rock Studios today announced a new co-op zombie title, Back 4 Blood.

Turtle Rock Studios, the developers behind the original Left 4 Dead, are returning to what they know best. Back 4 Blood is the third major title for the studio, and their return to the zombie co-op shooter. Though not a sequel to that franchise, Back 4 Blood does marries the best aspects of the co-op zombie shooter with new features.

No details yet on the gameplay, story, or the release model. Turtle Rock Studios came under fire back in 2015 for Evolve’s DLC model. The game’s focus on DLC skins and multiple season passes didn’t sit well with players. Hopefully, the studio has learned from its past mistakes.

“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,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “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.”

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

“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,” said Phil Robb, Co-founder and Creative Director, Turtle Rock Studios. “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.”

Back 4 Blood is scheduled to launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, though the developer hasn’t ruled out other platforms. No date yet, but hopefully we’ll get to see the game at E3 2019.