It's been 10 years since Left 4 Dead 2, and we haven't a peep about a possible sequel - with Warhammer Vermintide 1 and 2 being the closest we could get. Now Warner Bros has teamed with Turtle Rock Studios, the original developers behind Left 4 Dead, to create Back 4 Blood - which is Left 4 Dead 3 in all but name.
Back 4 Blood is still in development at Turtle Rock, and there are no screenshots, videos, logo, or even a release window, but it sounds like the proper follow-up to Left 4 Dead that we all want - with Turtle Rock aiming "to advance the co-op zombie genre forward" We are excited.
Back 4 Blood is described as having everything that made the co-op zombie genre so beloved, along with "new features and state-of-the-art technology." So, not the Source engine then.
"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 of 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."
By the sounds of it the community will play a big role in the development of Back 4 Blood, although what that will mean is another matter. It's also been a long time since Evolve, Turtle Rock's fun assymetrical monster shooter, so we were wondering what the team has been up to. A new Left 4 Dead, with updated graphics, and new ideas? We'll absolutely take that.
There's no release window, or even year, for the game yet, but the note that Turtle Rock are "growing the team considerably" for the game suggests it may be a long way off. Still, undoubtedly exciting news. Valve, have you got a response?