Back in October, Turtle Rock Studios decided to shut down Evolve, a few months after the launch of the free-to-play Stage 2 version of the game. For many studios, the lost of their primary game would be the end, but Turtle Rock isn't done yet. Turtle Rock announced today that it has partnered with Perfect World Entertainment to work on a new IP.
The new title is a free-to-play first person shooter, based heavily on co-op play, much like Turtle Rock's previous work on Evolve and Left 4 Dead. The new IP is planned for PC and consoles.
"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," said Turtle Rock co-founder Phil Robb. "And with Perfect World Entertainment as our partner, we will always make sure that our players come first by listening to them and growing the game based on how they play and interact over what we hope are many years to come. We cannot wait to show them what we have in store."
"This one is going to be huge," said Perfect World Entertainment senior vice president of global publishing Yoon IM. "We've been growing Perfect World Entertainment for about a decade now, always looking for strong developers to make cool games. We're proud to work with developers like Cryptic, Tuque, Runic and Unknown Worlds. Partnering with Turtle Rock and adding its new IP to our portfolio is great. We look forward to fully supporting Turtle Rock as a publishing partner and can't wait to show off their new game."
Development has begun on the new title and Turtle Rock is staffing up for the game. Since development has just begun, we likely won't see the new IP for some time yet.