Turtle Rock’s Shooter Goes CryEngine

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.


  1. yutt says:

    I’m confused. Weren’t the former Turtle Rock employees then hired as Valve employees? Are the same *people* members of both the old and new Turtle Rock? Does that mean they left Valve? Did Valve ever hire them, or were they just contractors on Left 4 Dead?

    I guess I just assumed Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 had the same team, and that Turtle Rock had fully merged with Valve.

    In any case, it seems Valve did not ever actually acquire Turtle Rock, but maybe just hired/contracted some of the employees?

    Update: For the curious, the Wikipedia article on Turtle Rock answers all of these questions. Basically Valve let any of the employees that wished to relocated to Valve Seattle, and then let Turtle Rock reopen independently.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I think they contracted them. But they may also have nabbed an employee or two.

    • Brumisator says:

      So…valve are good guys yet again? “Come work for us if you want to, but we won’t crush you if you don’t want to”.

    • Davee says:

      Gabe is kinda cool like that.

      Also; if those statements Mr. Bilson said above are true, you can mark me intrigued. :)

    • Shooop says:

      What? That’s not how corporate America works!

      You’re doing it wrong Gabe! Pay closer attention to Activision and EA Games!

    • Jambe says:

      Valve is a private company, not a corporation, and thus not part of ‘corporate America’.

      But maybe I missed some joke?

    • jonfitt says:

      It does make the main question “What’s in a name”? Without very in-depth knowledge about the skills and abilities of the employees that didn’t join Valve and instead reformed Turtle Rock (which I definitely don’t have) you can’t draw any conclusions.

      Let’s see the first game and then decide if this news is any more interesting than “some guys with THQ money are making a CryEngine game”.

    • Smashbox says:

      Wellll, technically Valve is a corporation, but not a publicly traded company.

    • aiusepsi says:

      Looks to me like they bought Turtle Rock pretty much just to grab Mike Booth and Left 4 Dead. They are deadly serious when it comes to headhunting people they want, it seems.

    • Kryopsis says:

      “Valve is a private company, not a corporation, and thus not part of ‘corporate America’.

      But maybe I missed some joke?”

      Go to link to valvesoftware.com and scroll down. You’ll find a paragraph beginning with “© 2011 Valve Corporation, all rights reserved”

    • MadTinkerer says:

      ALL RIGHT. All right Kryopsis, we admit it. Valve is a corporation and therefore EVIL by definition because all corporations are inherently EVIL, even ones run by Gabe Newell. Hopefully soon the glorious communist revolution will occur and save us all from the misguided capitalist economy plagued by EVIL corporations.

      And Steam is EVIL DRM, even worse than Starforce because Starforce at least isn’t an EVIL capitalist marketing tool.


    • alice says:

      You forgot: #occupysteam #occupyrps #ows

  2. Tundra says:

    What i dont get if Valve brought out Turtle Rock, then Valve should have rights to the name ‘Turtle Rock’

    Did the employees who left in 2009 buy back their name?

    • The Dark One says:

      Valve bought them out and eventually merged “Valve South” in by asking the Turtle Rock guys to move up from california to the big studio. The ones who didn’t want to do that were allowed to split back off and use their old name because Valve is chill about that type of thing, I guess.

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  4. RakeShark says:

    So… they’re slowly getting there?

  5. Tundra says:


    Cheers yutt for adding the wiki. That is extremely nice of Valve to let them have their old name back and keep their identity.

    Its still seems strange to me making a big deal about a game thats not due for two years of which there is no solid details of except hype from company execs.

    Ho hum…

  6. Raiyan 1.0 says:

    Well, he sounds excited.

    We’ll wait and see.

  7. Steelcool says:

    For a moment I thought this was an article about a game where you actually shoot turtles. :D It’s a brilliant concept for a game.