The development team that was originally behind the Left 4 Dead series has now signed a deal with THQ to publish its next game. THQ's press release today has little details on what the game will be about other than it will be a first person shooter title with a heavy emphasis on multiplayer. The unnamed game is currently scheduled to be released during THQ's 2013 fiscal year which starts on April 1, 2012. THQ has already said the new Turtle Rock game won't be shown at E3 2011 in early June.
The press release quotes Phil Robb, the chief operating officer of Turtle Rock Studios, as saying, "This project is the most ambitious thing we've ever attempted, and we're inspired by the support THQ has shown to help us realize that vision. We're going to take the first person shooter experience to a whole new level, and we can't wait to show the game for the first time in the months ahead."
Founded in 2002, Turtle Rock Studios is based in Lake Forest, California. It first worked with Valve on a number of games including Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and maps for Counter-Strike Source. Turtle Rock's team came up with the concept for the zombie themed multiplayer shooter Left 4 Dead. Valve acquired Turtle Rock in January 2008 along with the Left 4 Dead franchise. However Valve later announced in 2009 that Turtle Rock was once again an independent developer. Valve created Left 4 Dead 2 on its own at its Seattle offices. Turtle Rock relaunched its web site in 2010 and released two apps for iOS and Android devices.