Back 4 Blood creator Turtle Rock Studios quits Left 4 Dead-like a zombie game, the developer announced this week. It moves on to something else, something it calls its “next big thing,” though apparently Turtle Rock isn’t quite ready to talk about what that something might be. There will be no more content updates for the game based on what can be deduced from the announcement post, though the game itself will still remain playable for anyone who owns it.
Turtle Rock announced the end of Back 4 Blood content in a post on his site that first looked back at last year’s successes and said that “this phase of our war against the Ridden is now drawing to a close”. The developers said they are a relatively small team for people working on games of this size, which is why they’ve decided to put their full focus on the next game.
“Turtle Rock Studios is actually quite small for a studio that makes AAA games,” said the message. “We don’t have enough people to continue working on Back 4 Blood content while we play another game – yes, another game! Given this, it’s time for us to put our heads down, get back to the lab and get to work on the next big thing.”
We come back! https://t.co/Yo9sc5hOeT pic.twitter.com/VnfkbphC9a
— Turtle Rock Studios (@TurtleRock) February 2, 2023
While no new content is coming to the game, Turtle Rock assured players that the game “will continue to work” and that the creators will still be active on social platforms to interact with fans.
Back 4 Blood first released in October 2021, so support lasted just over 15 months until the new content dried up. That’s a relatively short time frame compared to the length of time some other games are supported, but it wouldn’t really be fair to say that Turtle Rock has also skimped on content. Outside of the more routine updates, the developer also released three different expansions: Tunnels of Terror, Children of the Worm, and River of Blood. Those have been adding new characters, maps and more to the game over the past year or so, so if you had the season pass you got quite a bit of content in that time frame.
Turtle Rock referred to Back 4 Blood in his post, such as saying “this phase” of the Ridden fight was over, while also capitalizing “Back” when he said “we’ll be Back”. Nothing about one Back 4 Blood sequel was explicitly mentioned in the post, though it wouldn’t be unreasonable to imagine that the developer would want to stay within the world he created when developing what comes next.
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