Posts Tagged ‘turtle-rock’

Rock, Paper, Shotgun Officially Rules Against Teaser Trailers

By John Walker on February 10th, 2014.

The Court Of Horace has ruled, and the decision is final – infinite even: teaser trailers can bugger off.

Trailers are adverts. Adverts are not precious jewels. Adverts are materials with a joint purpose – to convince people to buy your product, and to inform people about the product. The former is creepy and insidious and why we walk around like a race of sentient billboards with our Nike swooshes and names of jeans manufacturers on our t-shirts. The latter is vaguely useful, and the reason we post trailers on RPS – so you, the ASTONISHINGLY ATTRACTIVE reader, can learn more about a game you might care about. Teaser trailers fulfil none of these roles. As is adeptly proven by both Techland’s latest for Dying Light that we showed you earlier, and frankly the worst, dumbest teaser I can ever recall seeing, for Evolve, which is below.

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Evolve: What The Original Left 4 Dead Team Did Next

By Alec Meer on January 7th, 2014.

2014 would seem to be the year in which the games industry has another crack at making primarily multiplayer shooting games work all over again. There’ve been a few false starts in the past, but Destiny and Titanfall are some super-big, super-fat attempts at achieveing enormous mass market success from shooters where narrative takes a backseat. Now Evolve joins the ranks of big games looking for a piece of glossy, next-generation COD-seasoned pie, and it comes from Turtle Rock Studios, those former Valve chums who did the heavy lifting on the original Left 4 Dead.
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THQ’s Financial Woes, Metro Pushed Back

By Adam Smith on February 3rd, 2012.

A light, a tunnel. Do you see?

Times are hard at THQ and that’s relative to the general hardness of the hour for the majority of people who rely on one of the world’s known currencies to secure food and shelter. The publisher is under threat of NASDAQ delisting, with its stock currently below $1 a share, and over the next year 240 staff will be losing their jobs. The company has shared its release schedule, which shows that Metro: Last Light is now scheduled for an early 2013 release. Other releases of note are the new game from Left 4 Dead’s Turtle Rock. That’s due between April 2013 and March 2014, as are Dark Millennium Online and Del Toro’s inSANE. Before April 2013, it’s Metro and “unannounced core titles”.

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Turtle Rock’s Shooter Goes CryEngine

By Jim Rossignol on October 20th, 2011.

That's the best logo I could find. Sorry.
VG247 have noticed that things are afoot over former Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock, with their THQ-published shooter being confirmed as a cross-platform CryEngine production for which they are now hiring. Although THQ are not talking about the 2013 title yet, Danny Bilson has claimed: “The Turtle Rock game we’ll probably talk about next year. It’s well underway. It’s fantastic. It’s one of the most incredible designs that’s ever come across my desk. Really excited about that. It has some mechanics in it and gameplay that you haven’t really played before.”

Hmm! Turtle rock, which was bought and then closed by Valve in 2008, reopened as a new studio in 2009.

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Valve Buys Pet Turtle

By John Walker on January 10th, 2008.

YOU find a screenshot.

Why, it was only the other day that us RPS types were discussing over pie and RPS-branded debit cards whether Left4Dead should be considered “a Valve game”. Any doubt is now removed. L4D developers, Turtle Rock Studios, have now been om-nom-nommed into the Valve belly. If it were any other… publisher? we’d be concerned. So let’s get cross about Valve buying Turtle Rock. Ready?

Oh my goodness! It’s the homogenisation of the gaming industry! Soon they’ll all be one company only making Sims games! I imagine the end of the world is about to occur! It doesn’t work, does it? But what’s important is that we tried. Valve’s press release on the matter rather sweetly describes it as the “merger of the two companies,” which is a bit like suggesting I’m merging with a sandwich when I buy it from Sainsbury’s. So Valve now have a California office, just in case any of the Seattle crew wants to find out what this “Sun” looks like. And Left4Dead is definitely “a Valve game.” Glad we’ve got that settled. Press release under the boink.

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