Turtle Rock, the studio behind Left 4 Dead and Evolve, has confirmed it has partnered with Perfect World Entertainment for its next game. There is no title for this new venture but the game will be a co-op first person shooter with dark fantasy elements. However Turtle Rock has stated to not think of its next game as a spiritual successor to any of of its previous IPs. Partnering with Perfect World could signal that the project will be free to play, as that is the area the publisher focuses on.
Steve Goldstein, GM and President of Turtle Rock did speak positively about free to play gaming.
“We can’t overstate how helpful F2P is to us as developers. It’s a direct line toward taking the game that we wanted to play when we first started working on it and ensuring that it will be a game that our community wants to play for years to come. This completely changes the dynamic of how we make games.
With a $60 product, you only know if you are going in a good or bad direction from some focus test groups and then an alpha and a beta. There’s not much room to change course if you see elements that you want to work on based on how players are actually playing your game. At best, you can only hope to make these changes sometime post-launch and at that point, you’re probably knee-deep in DLC, because that’s what a boxed product needs to make a profit these days, given the insanely escalating costs of development, marketing and publishing those products. It’s not a very limber process.”
Turtle Rock’s Evolve came under heavy criticism for the way the DLC for the game was handled, which Tuffcub spoke about here. Earlier this year Evolve switched to a free to play model on PC and saw player numbers increase as a result. Turtle Rock’s next game isn’t expected to be ready until 2018, though I’m sure there will be more news on it during 2017.