Posted on January 10, 2008, Stephany Valve Acquires 'Left 4 Dead' Developer
Vale announced today that they have acquired Turtle Rock Studios, the developers of the upcoming co-operative multiplayer survival horror game Left 4 Dead. You may recall that Turtle Rock has worked closely with Valve in the past with the creation of maps for Counter-Strike: Source, and their latest foray with Valve on Left 4 Dead was another such cooperative junction.
Previously, Valve has also purchased other developers who have worked with them on projects such as Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, Day of Defeat, and Narbacular Drop (Portal’s ancestor). Doug Lombardi, Valve’s VP of Marketing is excited about Turtle Rock joining the family and sees this as a way to help Valve expand into the console market, while Gabe Newell, Valve’s President had this to say about their latest acquisition:
“We have been seeing very strong growth with Steam and Source, our content distribution and development platforms, up over 150% over the last 12 months. Given our expectations for Left 4 Dead and our long-standing relationships with members of the Turtle Rock team, this was an easy decision. It also gives us a base from which to expand our development activities in the Los Angeles area.”
Left 4 Dead is one of the more highly anticipated titles for 2008. For more information on it, check out our previous posts, and you can view the full press release from Valve after the break.
Via: Press Release
VALVE ACQUIRES TURTLE ROCK STUDIOS
Leading Content and Technology Company Adds California Studio
January 10, 2008 – Fresh off the success of The Orange Box, the 2007 game of the year award-winning collection of new games heralded as “the best value in gaming history,” Valve Corporation announces the acquisition of Turtle Rock Studios, the Orange County-based development house behind one of 2008′s most anticipated games, Left 4 Dead.
Valve was founded in 1996 and has grown to become one of the game industry’s leading technology and content creators, with a portfolio of over 20 million games sold worldwide. The merger of the two companies extends Valve’s development team and provides the company with a new studio in southern California.
Turtle Rock Studios’ Left 4 Dead joins a growing list of Valve’s game properties which includes the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress and Day of Defeat series of games as well as Portal, introduced as part of The Orange Box.
“We have been seeing very strong growth with Steam and Source, our content distribution and development platforms, up over 150% over the last 12 months. Given our expectations for Left 4 Dead and our long-standing relationships with members of the Turtle Rock team, this was an easy decision. It also gives us a base from which to expand our development activities in the Los Angeles area,” said Gabe Newell, president of Valve.
“Left 4 Dead fills a long-standing demand gamers have had for a coop first-person action experience, and it will also help Valve’s expansion into the console market,” added Doug Lombardi, Valve’s VP of marketing.
“Valve has had great success bringing in projects and teams such as Team Fortress and Portal. As I spent time working and talking with the creators of those products over the past several years, it became clear that this was the right next step for myself, my colleagues at Turtle Rock, our customers, and our products,” said Michael Booth, founder and CEO of Turtle Rock Studios. “We are excited to be a part of such a visionary and forward-thinking company.”
Founded in 2002 by Michael Booth, Turtle Rock Studios is the creator of Left 4 Dead, named one 2008′s most wanted titles by many of today’s leading game-enthusiast publications and Web sites.