it is back for blood, as it has acquired Slamfire, the
parent company of Turtle Rock Studios, the developer behind the Left 4 Dead
and Back 4 Blood
franchises. Terms of the deal are not announced, but
presumably it involves money and stuff. Here's word:
Turtle Rock will
become part of Tencent, while retaining its independent operations out of Lake
Forest, CA, USA, and its existing team will continue to run all studio
operations, led by co-founders Phil Robb and Chris Ashton. The acquisition will
have no effect on Back 4 Blood, Turtle Rock’s hit multiplayer action game, which
is published by Warner Bros. Games.
“We are all looking forward to joining the Tencent family of studios,” said
Steve Goldstein, president and general manager of Turtle Rock Studios.
“Tencent’s outstanding partners, global reach, deep knowledge of gaming and
unprecedented support will help us create the kinds of ambitious games we dream
of, while allowing us to retain our autonomy and independent spirit.”