The creators of the Left 4 Dead saga have already taken their first steps in the world of virtual reality, launching two titles for Gear VR, and their new game could also have support, although it is not the initial idea.
The new Turtle Rock cooperative game they are working on, as they have confirmed to GamesIndustry, will be a cooperative and free-to-play first-person shooter published by Perfect World Entertainment (Star Trek Online…). “We are creating a new franchise in a new universe that takes advantage of the style of gameplay that our community likes and that is expected from Turtle Rock Studios. We’re focusing on what we do best, an action FPS with online co-op,” commented Phil Robb, co-founder of Turtle Rock. “We are going back to our roots. There will be a lot of enemies to shoot, but it’s not a zombie game or anything post-apocalyptic. What we can say, for now, is that there will be a strong dark fantasy element,” added Steve Goldstein, president of Turtle Rock.
Developed on Unreal Engine, it is not expected to arrive before 2018, so they have a long way to go yet. As for virtual reality, Turtle Rock has created two experiences for Gear VR, Other Worlds and Face Your Fears, but it will not be the basis of the new IP. “We’re constantly bringing new ideas to explore with Oculus. That said, we’re not yet sure how it might fit into our new title, if at all. We don’t want to create a false expectation by saying that our co-op shooter will have VR support, but we will give it a look after we make the title a success. As long as we continue with its development, as well as other VR opportunities, I wouldn’t be surprised if we came up with something, but VR is not what is driving this particular game,” Goldstein concluded.
Turtle Rock is an independent studio that was part of Valve and that released games such as Left 4 Dead 1 and 2. Titles that had a great success thanks to the intense and cooperative experience, and that we could revive them again thanks to wrappers like Vireio.