Ever since Turtle Rock Studios left Valve after building Left 4 Dead, the company’s next game has been shrouded in considerable mystery. Now, finally, they’re lifting the veil on the game… and it looks like a blast.
Four On One
Essentially, it’s a multiplayer game that caters to both lone wolves and team players. The four humans take on the roles of trapper, assault, medic and tactical. The trapper tries to set up the creatures; the assault tries to kill it while in the trap; the medic keeps the team from dying; and the tactical is mostly a jack of all trades, built to pitch in and provide backup for any strategy.
The other player, meanwhile, is a giant creature. You’re looking to avoid getting killed until you’ve snacked on a whole bunch of meat, giving you the energy to turn the tables and eat the hunters. In other words, it’s Team Fortress 2 meets Rampage.
A Troubled History
It sounds like a fun game, but we very nearly didn’t get to see it. Turtle Rock went to THQ after departing Valve, and as we all know, THQ disappeared into a financial black hole soon after. The games and studios were nearly sold off to the highest bidder, although Turtle Rock managed to negotiate a deal with 2K. And good thing, too, because this game looks great. But that isn’t a guarantee of sales.
But Will It Sell?
That said, there is a question, here. We’re seeing a lot of experimental multiplayer games, like Evolve, Titanfall, and Destiny, arrive all at once this year, and the idea of a full-priced, multiplayer exclusive game hasn’t really been tried on this scale before. It’s true that Call of Duty is hugely popular thanks to its multiplayer… but will that translate to other games? We’ll find out in 2014.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.